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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Contact Information:
Amateur and professional rights:
Donna Hoke
71 Towhee Court
East Amherst, NY
USA 14051
Ph.: 973-919-2038
Playwright’s website:
Representation: Samara Harris, Samara Harris Literary Agency,
International: Tonda Marton, The Marton Agency,, 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

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