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, Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, samara@robertfreedmanagency.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, Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, samara@robertfreedmanagency.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, Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, samara@robertfreedmanagency.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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Julia Marino
E-mail: julie@juliemarino.nyc
Website: juliemarino.nyc

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

A Weekend in Logatec by Evdokimos Tsolakidis

Comedy-Drama/ 4 characters, 3 Men, 1 Woman/ Short play, 15 minutes

Synopsis: Marcos takes a short vacation for a weekend, in Logatec, Slovenia, far from his home in Athens, Greece. He does so every year, right before his long vacations with his family on a Greek island.

This year, though, his wife surprises him with a visit, to find out what’s going on. She doesn’t find out much, but the audience does. Here, in Logatec, at the same hotel, in the same room, when he was a student, Marcos attempted to make love with his best friend . . .

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Theater of Changes,
3rd Septemvriou 19a
104 32 Athens GR
Ph: +30 210 52 48 251
Email: info@toc.gr

About the Playwright: Evdokimos Tsolakidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1962. He studied in the Medical School of the University of Rome. He was awarded his diploma of the Drama School of Northern Greece with honors. He continued his studies in drama, acting and directing in New York (Actor’s Studio, H.B. Studio) funded by the American state (Fulbright Foundation). He has worked as an actor and director in Greece and abroad, for more than twenty years, working both on classical and modern drama. During the last nine years he has been teaching Improvisation, Acting, and Acting Technique, in various drama schools in Greece and abroad. His first play Athens-Moscow has been staged on his own direction for two years (2001-2002-2003) and has been published along with his second play Nothing (Athens, Greece: Dodoni Publisher, 1998). He has also published a book concerning ‘Acting’ (KOAN ed.). He is the founder and the artistic director of the Theater of Changes.

The Scavenger’s Daughter by Gary Earl Ross

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

Synopsis: Part African-American family drama and part murder mystery, The Scavenger’s Daughter explores the impact of senile dementia and mental instability on a single family. When their father John is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, middle-aged Alan, Brian, and Connie Pickett find themselves in a virtual war with their unstable stepmother Ruthie, who at every turn—whether through ignorance, stubbornness, or insecurity—thwarts their efforts to secure John’s care and the family’s financial stability. Beginning at the scene of a murder-suicide that Detective Maxine Travis senses is really just murder, the play unfolds in police interrogations and a series of flashbacks. Travis must work her way through sibling conflicts, family secrets, and a case long cold until she understands what compelled Ruthie Pickett to point a gun at her husband and pull the trigger.

“A complex tale of our times . . . . Ross tells it well.” — The Buffalo News

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Gary Earl Ross
228 Highgate Avenue
Buffalo, NY
USA, 14215
Ph: (716)308-0807
Email: geross@buffalo.edu

About the Playwright: Gary Earl Ross, a retired UB/EOC language arts professor, is the author of more than 200 published short stories, poems, articles, op-ed articles, scholarly papers, and public radio essays. His works include the short story collections The Wheel of Desire (2000) and Shimmerville (2002), the children’s story Dots (2002), the novels Blackbird Rising and Nickel City Blues (2017), and the stage plays Sleepwalker (2002), Picture Perfect (2007), The Best Woman (2007), Matter of Intent (winner of the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America), Murder Squared (2011), The Scavenger’s Daughter (2012), The Guns of Christmas (2014), The Mark of Cain (2016), and The Trial of Trayvon Martin (2017).

Ross’s plays have been performed in Buffalo, NY; New York, NY; Rochester, NY; Bend, OR; Knoxville, TN; Spring Lake, NJ; Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada; West Sussex, England; Manchester, England; London, England; Shanghai, China; Manipal, India; and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ross edited Nickel City Nights (2008) and co-edited (with Gunilla Theander Kester) The Empty Chair: Love and Loss in the Wake of Flight 3407 (2010) and The Still Empty Chair (2011). Released in 2017 by Black Opal Books is Nickel City Blues, the first Buffalo-based Gideon Rimes mystery.

In addition to the Edgar, Ross’s honors include three Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Awards, a LIFT Fiction Fellowship, a Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Fellowship, an ASI/DEC Fiction Grant, public radio commentary awards from the New York Associated Press and the New York Broadcasters Association, and numerous awards for teaching or professional, university, or community service. A member of the Just Buffalo Literary Center, the Dramatists Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the National Writers Union, Ross has written, directed, or acted in plays for Ujima Company, the Subversive Theatre Collective, New Phoenix Theater, Road Less Traveled Productions, and the Towne Players.

The Scavenger’s Daughter was first produced by Ujima Company, Buffalo, New York in  May, 2012.

Hello, Last Page Of My Life! by Julia Britton

Drama – Comedy/ 17 Characters, 7 Men, 4 Women, 6 Either/Or/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: The story of Anton Chekhov as seen from the perspective of the two women in his life: Actress Olga Knipper, his mistress and later wife, and his devoted sister Masha. They struggled, sometimes bitterly, for his love during his lifetime and, after his death, for their part in perpetuating his memory.

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Robert Chuter, robertjchuter@gmail.com

About the Playwright: Julia Britton (1914-2012) graduated at Manchester University (Hons, Classics, Hons. English) and worked as a journalist and university teacher before she became a playwright. Her plays have had productions at The Stage Company (Adelaide, Australia), The Blue Room (Perth), La Mama (Carlton), Performing Arts Productions (Melbourne), and Theatreworks (Melbourne). Her play Miles Franklin and the Rainbow’s End was chosen for performance at the San Antonio Festival, Texas, produced by The Stage Company of South Australia, and later performed at the Festival Centre, Adelaide.

She wrote and adapted numerous plays for Performing Arts Productions, including Lady Chatterley’s Lover (seven seasons nationally in Australia), Women in Love (Rippon Lea), Loving Friends (two seasons at Rippon Lea), An Indian Summer (Rippon Lea), Little Lord Fauntleroy (Rippon Lea), The Secret Garden (seven seasons including Adelaide), Anne of Green Gables (two seasons in Perth and Melbourne), and The Lost (two seasons in Melbourne at the Old Treasury Building).

Other plays include Hello, Last Page of My Life, Magdalena Amati, Somehow the Times Passes, and Internet Baby (all seen in readings at La Mama), The Children, The Professor (reading at Rippon Lea), Erotica in Black and White (reading Adelaide, Theatre 62, short version performed in Adelaide at Lion Theatre), and Mrs. Bloem.

Her music theatre includes Faith, Folk and Fun (at the National Gallery of Victoria) and The Music of Milhaud (two seasons at the University of Adelaide and the National University Canberra). Robbie Burns: The Farmer Poet and The Young Lord Byron were produced at the Scottish Festival at the Opera House, Omaru in New Zealand. Awards and Nominations include the AWGIE Award (Monte Miller Award) for Exit and Entrances, directed John Edwards; Best Play Award, ABC Radio, Queensland; and a nomination for the Victorian Green Room Award for In Transit.

Hello, Last Page of My Life! was first performed at La Mama, Carlton, Australia in October, 2003.

7-10 Split by Michael G Wilmot

7-10 Split
Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Port Stanley, Ont., Canada

Comedy/ 4 Characters, 3 Men, 1 Woman or 2 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Ever since Earl’s aspirations to become a pro bowler evaporated, his wife Brenda has put up with one get-rich-quick scheme after another. Not one to give up easily, Earl attempts to use the internet to find his way to “Easy Street”. A Crown Prince from an exotic foreign country is offering Earl millions just to help him get his fortune out of the country. Lacking seed money to put his exit plan into effect of course, the Crown Prince requires an “investment” from Earl to demonstrate good faith. Earl wasn’t born yesterday however (well maybe the day before yesterday), and devises what he thinks is a foolproof plan to turn the tables on the Prince.

“…the London playwright throws strike after strike, breaking funnybones along the way.
The laughs come fast and furious…”
– Entertainment Stage

“Michael Wilmot has rolled another strike with 7-10 Split!” – The Beat Magazine

“Wilmot has done it again with 7-10 Split. Audiences loved it!” – LiveAct, Whitby ON

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Diane Carter
SRO Central
diane@srocentral.com
1-800-869-7351
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Playwrights Guild of Canada

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About the Playwright: Michael spent a number of years as an on-air radio personality before his love of theatre was sparked after being dragged to an audition to act as moral support for a friend.

His writing has been mainly in the field of comedy, including writing free-lance for Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” monologue and for Kevin Nealon during his stint on Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” segment. For a time he also had regular columns in two U.S. comedy newsletters.

As a playwright, his scripts have been performed across the USA and Canada, in Australia and Russia. No Tell Motel has been translated into Russian (under the title Love Shack) and was performed in Astrakhan Russia in 2016. His short play Nancy is published by Playwrights Canada Press in their short play anthology Long Story Short.

He is a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Dramatists Guild of America.

7-10 Split was first performed at the Port Stanley Theatre Festival in Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada in July, 2011.

“This play will make you laugh till your sides split!” – ArtsNiagara.com

“Pure entertainment, not to be missed!” – Barbara Clifford, Markham Economist & Sun

Murder Squared by Gary Earl Ross

Murder Squared

Murder Squared
TheatreLoft
Buffalo, NY

Drama-Comedy/ 7-10 Characters, 3 Men, 3 Women, 1-4 Either/Or/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Four stories, four crimes, four surprises. Four wildly different journeys into suspense and the unexpected make for one singular evening of mystery and the unexpected. Inspired by “The Twilight Zone” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” Murder Squared is a retro celebration of the classic suspense story. Includes “The Engineer,” “Anything for Money,” “The Heart of the Matter,” and “Return to Riverside Falls.”

“A most entertaining evening of theater.” — Buffalo News

“In addition to being playfully clever, these are delightfully fun and entertaining.”
Artvoice

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Professional rights:
Gary Earl Ross
228 Highgate Avenue
Buffalo, NY
USA, 14215
Ph: (716)308-0807
Email: geross@buffalo.edu

About the Playwright: Gary Earl Ross, a retired UB/EOC language arts professor, is the author of more than 200 published short stories, poems, articles, op-ed articles, scholarly papers, and public radio essays. His works include the short story collections The Wheel of Desire (2000) and Shimmerville (2002), the children’s story Dots (2002), the novels Blackbird Rising and Nickel City Blues (2017), and the stage plays Sleepwalker (2002), Picture Perfect (2007), The Best Woman (2007), Matter of Intent (winner of the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America), Murder Squared (2011), The Scavenger’s Daughter (2012), The Guns of Christmas (2014), The Mark of Cain (2016), and The Trial of Trayvon Martin (2017).

Ross’s plays have been performed in Buffalo, NY; New York, NY; Rochester, NY; Bend, OR; Knoxville, TN; Spring Lake, NJ; Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada; West Sussex, England; Manchester, England; London, England; Shanghai, China; Manipal, India; and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ross edited Nickel City Nights (2008) and co-edited (with Gunilla Theander Kester) The Empty Chair: Love and Loss in the Wake of Flight 3407 (2010) and The Still Empty Chair (2011). Released in 2017 by Black Opal Books is Nickel City Blues, the first Buffalo-based Gideon Rimes mystery.

In addition to the Edgar, Ross’s honors include three Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Awards, a LIFT Fiction Fellowship, a Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Fellowship, an ASI/DEC Fiction Grant, public radio commentary awards from the New York Associated Press and the New York Broadcasters Association, and numerous awards for teaching or professional, university, or community service. A member of the Just Buffalo Literary Center, the Dramatists Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the National Writers Union, Ross has written, directed, or acted in plays for Ujima Company, the Subversive Theatre Collective, New Phoenix Theater, Road Less Traveled Productions, and the Towne Players.

Murder Squared was first performed on Saturday, November 27, 2010, at TheaterLoft in Buffalo.