Out Among The Dragons by Dan Noonan

Comedy-Drama/ 6 Characters, 3 Women, 3 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Ever have trouble getting off the couch? Patrick has the same problem, only it’s been two years, and it’s his Mom’s couch. Being a 26-year old virgin with severe hemophilia, HIV, and lousy joints hasn’t given him much impetus.

Encouraged by his therapist, Patrick is determined to shake things up. He decides to cruise his infectious disease clinic for the HIV positive woman of his dreams. But instead of finding “Ms. Right”, Patrick meets two people from the HIV landscape.

The first is Joe, a gay man close to Patrick’s age, who only has one small ambition in life: to change the world. The second is Marie, an enigmatic young woman who embodies contradiction and specializes in shocking people. Authentic friendships are formed as they help each other pursue their dreams.

Out Among the Dragons begins in 1995, just before the life-saving “drug cocktail” is available to patients, and AIDS is still viewed as a terminal illness. Through humor, it explores how the mode of transmission can affect the way we view people with HIV and the way positive people view their world, their dreams, and themselves.

“Dan Noonan’s new semiautobiographical script is a minor miracle, avoiding the pitfalls that hobble so many AIDS plays. Melodramatic pity, facile moralizing, and PC proselytizing have no place in this piece about Patrick, a nebbishy HIV-positive hemophiliac searching for love in his doctor’s waiting room.” — Chicago Reader

“Remarkably assured, intellectually astute, emotionally satisfying.” — Chicago Free Press

“An engaging, savvy look at life with HIV.” — Chicago Tribune

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Dan Noonan
E-mail: danieldnoonan@gmail.com
Phone: 773-354-7161

About the Playwright: Dan Noonan was born with severe hemophilia. As a person living with several chronic health conditions, he likes to have characters with chronic health conditions in his plays, preferring a smart-ass cripple to a brooding leading man any day of the week.

Dan’s play Set Up, about a diabetic and a severe depressive on a blind date, was premiered by TheatreBAM, Chicago and also produced at the Alleyway Theatre in New York. Out Among the Dragons was workshopped by Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago as part of Stage Left’s Leapfest, and first produced by After Midnight in Evanston. Both plays were highly recommended by the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader.

Blue Over You was produced by Best Medicine Repertory Theatre in Washington D.C. and by Spot On Company in Evanston, IL. Dan has had staged readings of his plays at several Chicago theaters: The Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Stage Left and Circle Theatre.
He has won the Neil Simon New Play Competition, the Maxim Mazumdar Playwriting Competition, and the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Competition. He was a finalist in the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, B Street Theater New Comedies Festival, The Three Cat Productions Chicago New Works Festival, the Henrico Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition, the Dionysia New Play Competition, and the SART Repertory Theatre Playwriting Festival.

Dan has been a semifinalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwright’s Conference, Inkslinger Playwriting Competition, Ukiah Comedy Playwriting Competition, and the Chesterfield Screenwriters Competition. He also received an Honorable Mention in the New Works of Merit Playwriting Competition 2015 and The Writer’s Digest Competition 2018. Dan’s play Bountiful Gifts is published by Scripts for Stage. He has a B.A. in theater and political science from Boston College and a M.A. in theater from Northwestern University, and currently resides in Evanston with his wife and three sons.

Out Among The Dragons was first produced by After Midnight Productions and Northminster Players, Evanston, IL, in 2005.

On The Roof by Donna Hoke

On The Roof

Drama/ 8 Characters, 2 Women, 6 Men/ Full Length, can be played with optional intermission

Synopsis: It’s 1955 — post WWII, amid McCarthyism, years before Stonewall. In this dangerous and difficult era, Mitzi operates a cabaret and gay bar where Cruz, a playboy bartender, Levi, an aspiring Broadway composer, Bob, a WWII vet, Mac, a guy who just wants camaraderie with his Coke, and Andy, a newcomer with a law degree, struggle to find solidarity and courage — maybe even love — as they take the brave first steps toward revolution.

“One of the more authentic and up-close looks at post-WW2/Korea pre-Stonewall eras of LGBT history, bringing it to vibrant life while maintaining real-life nuance.”

“Took me on a masterful journey that reminded me of the sacrifice of those who came before me and to appreciate them and always fight to honor them.”

“This play stayed with me after my first and second reading to the point that I felt that not only did I know the people whose lives we see, but I missed them when it was over.”

– Testimonials on The New Play Exchange

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Amateur and professional rights:
Donna Hoke
71 Towhee Court
East Amherst, NY
USA 14051
Ph.: 973-919-2038
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
E-mail: donna@donnahoke.com
Representation: Samara Harris, Samara Harris Literary Agency, sharris@samaraharris.com
International: Tonda Marton, The Marton Agency, tonda@martonagency.com, 212-255-1908

About the Playwright: Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (O’Neill and Princess Grace finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo’s Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children’s and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.

On The Roof was first produced at Funky Little Theatre Company in Colorado Spring, CO in 2019.

Elevator Girl by Donna Hoke

Elevator Girl

Elevator Girl
Vanguard Arts Collective
Chicago, IL

Comedy-Drama/ 3 Characters, 1 Woman, 2 Men/ Full Length, 90 mins.

Synopsis: Superhero “Elevator Girl” was never meant to be more than an urban legend, a sexual revenge fantasy created by Vanessa and her graphic illustrator boyfriend. But when the character unleashes her boyfriend’s darkest fantasies, as well as a flesh-and-blood copycat, Vanessa must stop EG in her tracks — with the truth.

“Hoke mixes the allure of superhero mythology with the very real subject of rape culture. Metaphoric and evocative, this play delves into a world where villains are often where you least expect, and heroes are not always a single person.”

“Hoke’s Elevator Girl is a remarkable play because it can’t be dismissed. It will f-up your evening in a good way.”

“All aspects of this play work: the humor, the political issues raised, the graphic novel elements, along with the terrific characters. Topical and thought-provoking.”

– Testimonials on the New Play Exchange

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Donna Hoke
71 Towhee Court
East Amherst, NY
USA 14051
Ph.: 973-919-2038
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
E-mail: donna@donnahoke.com
Representation: Samara Harris, Samara Harris Literary Agency, sharris@samaraharris.com
International: Tonda Marton, The Marton Agency, tonda@martonagency.com, 212-255-1908

About the Playwright: Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (O’Neill and Princess Grace finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo’s Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children’s and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.

Elevator Girl was first produced by Vanguard Arts Collective, Chicago, in a co-premiere with InProximity Theater, NYC, in Chicago, IL in Jan., 2019.

Premiere After-Party by Valentin Krasnogorov

Premiere After-Party

Premiere After-Party
Lomonosov Drama Theater
Arkhangelsk, Russia

Black Comedy/ 7 Characters, 3 Women, 4 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: The curtains have just closed on the long-awaited premiere of Shakespeare’s Othello and the actors stay to celebrate opening night. The festivities end, though, when the party is marred by a mysterious death, and suspicions arise that a party participant may be involved. Dark yet humorous, with “whodunnit” plot twists leading to an unexpected finale, Premiere After-Party is riveting until the very end.

The world premiere was staged in 2009 by Russia’s most famous theater director, Roman Viktyuk, to critical acclaim, and has been hailed as an enormous success.

[Premiere After-Party] analyzes the current state of our society with both humor and sadness — Roman Viktyuk, theatre director

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Valentin Krasnogorov
Playwright’s website: http://krasnogorov.com
E-mail: valentin.krasnogorov@gmail.com
WhatsApp +7-951-689-3-689

About the Playwright: Valentin Krasnogorov’s name is acclaimed by theatergoers in Russia and all over the world. His plays, which include The Dog, Premiere After Party, Small Tragedies, Let’s Have Sex!, The Delights Of Adultery, Somebody Must Leave, The Fall of Don Juan, Now or Never, Ladies by Ad, Love Medicine, Pelicans of The Wilderness, Several Hours From the Lives of a Man and a Woman, That Weak Gentle Sex, The Bride’s Room, The Cruel Lesson, and Visit of a Young Lady, have been positively received by critics and audiences alike. The 35 plays he has written to date have been performed in more than 400 theaters.

Krasnogorov’s plays have been directed by many prominent theater directors, such as Georgy Tovstonogov, Lev Dodin, and Roman Viktyuk. They are part of the permanent repertoire of many theaters, and several have been performed hundreds of times, to rave reviews. The critical assessment that “Krasnogorov’s plays cross borders easily” is no empty praise: they have been translated into a number of other languages, and performed in Australia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, the USA, and elsewhere. Plays from the Krasnogorov catalogue have received numerous awards for best drama at various international theater festivals.

In addition to drama, Valentin Krasnogorov has written novellas, short stories, and essays. His biography is included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World (USA), the International Who’s Who of Intellectuals (Cambridge, England), and other publications. One Passion and Four Walls, Krasnogorov’s book on the essence of drama, has earned praise from notable figures in the theater. He is also the founder and first president of the Dramatists Guild of St. Petersburg.

Premiere After-Party was first produced by the Lomonosov Drama Theater, Arkhangelsk, Russia, in December, 2009 and has been seen in numerous stagings since.

The Dallas File by Kenneth Robbins

Drama/ 4 characters/ 2 men, 2 women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: The lives of a young journalism student and his wife are threatened after he discovers a file left behind in a security-box. Stolen from the Dallas Police Department 10 years earlier by his father, a policeman, and placed in the security box just before his father’s unexpected death, the file contains the names and testimony of people who saw others besides Lee Harvey Oswald involved in the murder of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

“Contains the elements of increasing suspense, quick moving dialogue and an ending
that comes as a shocker. . .” – The State

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Contact information:
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c/o Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins
School of Literature and Language
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272
318-278-3863
email: krobbins@latech.edu

About the Playwright: Kenneth Robbins is an award-winning novelist and playwright, living in Ruston, Louisiana, where he teaches in the Honors Program of Louisiana Tech University while being mostly retired as Professor Emeritus. He is the author of six published novels, twenty-nine published plays, and numerous stories, poems, memoirs, and essays and has been produced extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Denmark.

The Dallas File was first produced by the Cape Players, Cape Coral, Fl. in May 1978.

Christmas 2.0 by Donna Hoke

Christmas 2.0

Christmas 2.0
Hormel Festival of New Works
Phoenix, AZ

Comedy/ 5 Characters, 3 Women, 2 Men/ Full Length

Synopsis: All Angela wants is a happy Christmas, but her daughter’s left for college, her husband’s busy with fantasy football, and her cat won’t stop peeing where he shouldn’t. In desperation, Angela turns to Facebook, where some old friends help her see things in a new light. CHRISTMAS 2.0 is a contemporary comedy about how much too much connection can drive us apart.

“A timely and VERY funny play about marriage, loneliness, the holidays and the lure of social media.” – David Lee White, New Play Exchange

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Amateur and professional rights:
Donna Hoke
71 Towhee Court
East Amherst, NY
USA 14051
Ph.: 973-919-2038
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
E-mail: donna@donnahoke.com
Representation: Samara Harris, Samara Harris Literary Agency, sharris@samaraharris.com
International: Tonda Marton, The Marton Agency, tonda@martonagency.com, 212-255-1908

About the Playwright: Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (O’Neill and Princess Grace finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo’s Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children’s and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.

Christmas 2.0 was presented in a workshop production by the Phoenix Theatre Company in Phoenix, Arizona in 2015. It awaits its first, full professional production.

To Each Their Own by Tracey Knight Narang

To Each Their Own

To Each Their Own
New York International Fringe Festival
New York, NY

Drama/ 5 Characters, 3 Women, 2 Men/ Full Length

Synopsis: To Each Their Own is a compelling story of three women, and three choices. After years of heartbreaking infertility, career couple Liz and John unexpectedly become pregnant. Exhilaration and honesty are quickly replaced by jealousy and deceit when important moral issues, and a dark family secret, threaten their marriage. To Each Their Own will tug at your heart, leaving you to wonder what you would do . . .

To Each Their Own will grab your attention from start to finish.” – Theatre is Easy — Best Bet

“Striking and heartfelt.” – Splash Magazine

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Tracey Knight Narang
56 Coleytown Road
Westport, CT
USA 06880
Phone: (203) 247-4488
E-mail: tracey.narang@gmail.com

About the Playwright: Tracey Knight Narang coined the term “Subway Etiquette” in her book “Subway Etiquette: The Straphanger’s Guide to Underground Conduct.” Her play To Each Their Own was featured at FringeNYC 2015 to critical acclaim. Tracey is on the Board of Directors of New York City Center and serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Actors’ Equity Foundation. She is a 2018 graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute (CTI), and a Tony Award-winning Producer of Roger & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!. In addition, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Theatre Communications Group, and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

To Each Their Own was first produced at Teatro SEA in New York, NY in August, 2015 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Sons & Lovers by Donna Hoke

Sons & Lovers by Donna Hoke

Sons & Lovers
Buffalo United Artists
Buffalo, NY

Comedy/ 4 Characters, 1 Woman, 3 Men/ Full Length

Synopsis: Ellen knows the score — her son is gay and her husband is cheating — but it’s so much easier to pretend than to talk about it. It takes fantasy, farce, and one fabulous makeover before the truth flies free, mother and son discover just how much they have in common, and Ellen realizes the reality she’s been avoiding most is her own.

From Buffalo Rising: “Overall, this is a play about relationships. Yes, it’s about coming out, but it’s also about making commitments of any kind. Is marriage a stable environment in which to safely express yourself and be fulfilled? Or is it a ball and chain? Do mother and son both want the same thing out of life? When is it worth fighting to save a relationship and when is it time to go off to Paris to figure all this out.”

“Hoke’s words shine and sparkle.” – Buffalo Theatre Guide

“Donna Hoke is certainly ‘the real deal’ . . . . We’re going to be enjoying her plays well into the future.” – Buffalo Rising

Winner, Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play

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Amateur and professional rights:
Donna Hoke
71 Towhee Court
East Amherst, NY
USA 14051
Ph.: 973-919-2038
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
E-mail: donna@donnahoke.com
Representation: Samara Harris, Samara Harris Literary Agency, sharris@samaraharris.com
International: Tonda Marton, The Marton Agency, tonda@martonagency.com, 212-255-1908

About the Playwright: Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (O’Neill and Princess Grace finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo’s Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation. 

Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children’s and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.

Sons & Lovers was first produced by Buffalo United Artists in Buffalo, NY in September, 2017.

The Way It Is by Donna Hoke

The Way It Is

The Way It Is
5th Wall Productions
Charleston, SC

Comedy-Drama/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: When Cane dumps fiancée Yasmine after eight years, he thinks he’s done with the relationship. But a trip back to their apartment to collect his things becomes a lesson in truth… and consequences. A taut two-hander in real time.

“A brilliant piece of theatre! Edge of the seat stuff, compelling, intense, daring, full-on and real.”

“Powerful, personal, provocative and profound.” – Audience reviews on Timeout London

“A very powerful piece that challenges traditional ideas of dominance, sexual tactics, and violence” – George Sapio, New Play Exchange

Finalist, IATI Theatre Contest, IATI Theatre, 2015

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Amateur and professional rights:
Donna Hoke
71 Towhee Court
East Amherst, NY
USA 14051
Ph.: 973-919-2038
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
E-mail: donna@donnahoke.com
Representation: Samara Harris, Samara Harris Literary Agency, sharris@samaraharris.com
International: Tonda Marton, The Marton Agency, tonda@martonagency.com, 212-255-1908

About the Playwright: Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (O’Neill and Princess Grace finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo’s Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation. 

Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children’s and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.

The Way It Is was first produced by 5th Wall Productions in Charleston, SC in 2016.

 

Welcome To Paradise by Julie Marino

Welcome to Paradise

Welcome to Paradise
Purple Rose Theatre
Chelsea, Michigan

Comedy-Drama/ 5 Characters, 2 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Evelyn thinks this may be her last solo trip to her Caribbean beach house before encroaching old age and interfering children dictate otherwise. Global vagabond Rory is just looking for a warm, congenial pit stop. Taking up Evelyn’s offer of a place to stay a night, maybe two, Rory finds himself feeling more and more at home at Evelyn’s place. She meanwhile is unexpectedly delighted to have an agreeable, helpful young companion. They both realize that their friendship is offering more than they thought.

“Evelyn, an active but lonely widow, and Rory, a restless wanderer, find that they complement each other, coexisting peacefully. That is, until Evelyn’s suspicious and massively overprotective son Greg, his stoic, long-suffering wife Trish, and their stifled but mischievous teenage daughter Sydney show up to visit . . . . [Welcome to Paradise] subtly refutes the assumption that young and old people have nothing in common and can’t be friends or even soulmates.” – C Current

“The play considers the question: at what age one can find a soulmate?” – The Blade

“Examines relationships with subtle charm.” – Chelsea Update

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Amateur and professional rights:
Brian Sherman
IPEX Literary Agency
phone: 646-355-8050
email: bts@ipexartists.com
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About the Playwright: Julie Marino is a playwright and producer living and working in Manhattan. In addition to Welcome to Paradise, she is a co-writer of Mondo Condo, a musical comedy about life in a retirement community, a love triangle, money laundering and the Russian mob. Other works include Wildfire Season, which was presented in workshop form by Pier Studios, New York City, and her new work-in-progress The Word. Julie is also the writer/producer of Synesthesia Radio Theater, which produces and presents radio dramas for podcast. Further samples of her work may be seen on her website, juliemarino.nyc.

Welcome to Paradise was first produced at the Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, Michigan in June, 2019.

“Witty and often laugh-out-loud funny, but also has real moments of poignancy and deep layers of conflict. It looks at aging in a very real, painfully funny way.” – C Current

“A new piece of theatre that will leave the audience reflecting upon their own relationships.” – broadwayworld.com