Drama/ 5 Characters, 1 Man, 4 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: 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 …
From The Buffalo News: “Seeds is the very personal and intimate story of Marjorie and Aiden, two thirtysomethings once called DINKS – double income, no kids – pondering parenthood. He’s obsessed with being a dad, needs to be one.
Marjorie’s not so sure. She’s a scientist and lives in a world of research and grants, long hours, cutting-edge stuff. She’s seen countless doctors about her apparent infertility, ultrasounded and probed ad infinitum. Marjorie likes her life as it is and motherhood is not a first choice.
Marjorie’s twin, Josephine, on the other hand, has three children by three different fathers. She can get pregnant with a handshake. So, the topic of Jo as a surrogate mother arises, is argued and agreed upon . . .
From this point on, Seeds is full of crises, some foreseen, some not. Baby Joseph’s premature birth is complicated and prior arrangements – Who’s the aunt? Who’s the mother? – surface. There are blowups and meltdowns. ‘Babies can ruin relationships,’ observes Kay, the twins’ caustic but wise mother. ‘Look at Josephine. Look at me. Look at Woody Allen.'”
“Simply put, the instructional, observant and insightful Seeds is Hoke’s best work to date . . . Hoke is at work exploring decision-making, societal expectations and perceptions in this important play . . . suggesting that even looking for love in all the wrong places may turn out fine.”
– The Buffalo News
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71 Towhee Court
East Amherst, NY
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
About the Playwright:
Western New York representative for the Dramatists Guild, Donna Hoke is an award-winning and ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions. Her work has been seen in 27 US states, and on five continents. She is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor, author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book, and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For the past three years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever earn the designation.
Seeds was first produced by the Road Less Traveled Theater, Buffalo, NY in March 2013.