Donna Hoke

FLOWERS IN THE DESERT

After 14 years of marriage, Britt and Joe called it quits, so Joe is surprised when three years later, Britt asks him to try again. Cheater Joe still loves his ex and their boys, so he’s willing to go along with dates nights and counseling—until he realizes that Britt has a very specific agenda.

SAFE

In 2011, a young gay teen hangs himself-but the events leading to the suicide began decades before, in 1986, when bullies tormented Nancy and her closeted best friend. Twenty-five years later, the cycle continues when Nancy is confronted by another bully-her son.

SEEDS

Single mom Josephine has three children from different dads; identical and infertile twin Marjorie wants to be childless--until Jo offers to be her egg donor surrogate...

SLICE OF LIFE

Beginning with teens and ending with octogenarians, these eight plays present contemporary scenarios for each decade of life.

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

When suburbanites Sadie and Vance try to remedy their marriage by hooking up with the swinging-savvy Janet and Rich, all four find that nothing–even chocolate–is as simple as it seems.

Donna Hoke is a Buffalo-based, award-winning playwright whose work has been, at last count, commissioned, produced, and/or developed in 27 states and and on five continents. She makes her artistic home as an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, where the premiere of her first full-length production, The Couple Next Door, was the theater's top-grossing world premiere and the sixth highest grossing play in the theater's history. She is also the author of nearly three dozen short plays, and nine other full-lengths, including Seeds (winner of the 2013 Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play), Flowers in the Desert (finalist for the inaugural American Association of Community Theaters contest), Safe (winner of the 2014 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest, nuVoices and 2014 Bay Area Playwrights Festival semi-finalist, T. Schreiber New Works finalist), Christmas 2.0 (Hormel Festival of New Works 2015), Brilliant Works of Art, On The Roof, and The Way It Is.  In 2012, 2013, and 2014, she was named Buffalo's Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever earn the designation.

Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor, author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children's book about a family of music-loving mice living in a double bass, and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. A member of the International Center for Women Playwrights, Chicago Dramatists, and the Dramatists Guild, Donna serves as the Western New York regional representative for the Dramatists Guild and provides theater coverage for Buffalo Spree magazine.