WNY Playwrights Celebrate the Work of Charles Burchfield is a collaboration between the Dramatists Guild and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Presented with three Burchfield images--December Light, Snow Patterns, and The Horn Call from Sibelius Fifth--Western New York playwrights were invited to use one (or two, if a member of the Dramatists Guild) of the pieces to inspire a play of no more than ten minutes. The anonymous entries were sent to three judges, whose scores and comments were used to select the nine plays presented tonight.
Kathleen Betsko Yale
Donna Hoke is the Western New York regional representative for the Dramatists Guild and an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions. Her work has been seen in 34 states and on five continents. Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (currently entering its third year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award winner), FLOWERS IN THE DESERT (AACT top 20 finalist), BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (winner Firehouse Festival of New American Plays and top ten finisher Woodward/Newman Drama Contest), and SAFE (winner of the 2014 Todd McNerney National Playwriting and Naatak National Playwriting Contests, and the 2015 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest), which gets its world premiere at Road Less Traveled Productions in March. Donna 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 three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo's Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.