Drama/ 8 Characters, 2 Women, 6 Men/ Full Length, can be played with optional intermission
Synopsis: It’s 1955, at the height of McCarthyism, and years before Stonewall. Mitzi runs a cabaret and gay bar where five men have gathered. Cruz is a playboy bartender, Levi an aspiring composer, Bob a WWII vet, Mac just wants camaraderie with his Coke, and Andy is a newcomer with a law degree. Together they struggle to find solidarity and courage, maybe even love, as they take the first steps towards 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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71 Towhee Court
East Amherst, NY
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
Representation: Samara Harris, Samara Harris Literary Agency, email@example.com
International: Tonda Marton, The Marton Agency, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.