Theater Talk: Playwright Donna Hoke takes us behind the writer's curtain during the pandemic

Nov 6, 2020

Buffalo-based playwright Donna Hoke's work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents. And while theaters have been in lockdown now for eight months and shows are not being produced on stage, they are being written. Some are Zoom readings, others are finished solo works, some are autonomous works, such as novels or radio plays. Donna Hoke, published author of dozens of full length as well as 10-minute plays, talks about her recent activity as a playwright and blogger during the pandemic.


Playwright Donna Hoke talks about her craft during the COVID pandemic - what works and what doesn't.
Credit donnahoke.com

LISTINGS

The Alleyway begins their Digital Theatre Festival on November 6 and it runs through the 22nd.  Eight plays in various formats.  Visit the website or scroll down to last week's Theater Talk for details.

Jewish Repertory Theater opened their online season last night, November 5, with BAR MITZVAH BOY starring Buffalo favorite Peter Palmisano as a middle aged man in need of a Bar Mitzvah.

O’Connell & Company continues to stream TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT, and BETTY with Mary Kate O’Connell as Lady Bird Johnson, Mary Moebius as Pat Nixon, and Pamela Rose Mangus as Betty Ford.  Filmed at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site it can be seen tonight and Saturday, November 7. Review here.

Post-Industrial Productions (PIP) is offering DIGITALLY DRAMATIZED: VIDEO PLAYS FOR THE NEW WORLD. See their Facebook page for details.

Road Less Traveled Productions has six radio plays this November, starting last night, Thursday, and continuing on Mondays and Thursdays November 9, 12, 16, 19, and 23.

And later in the month, the Kavinoky Theatre is offering a dark comedy I’LL EAT YOU LAST, a one woman show starring Loraine O’Donnell, directed by Lynn Kurdziel Formato. Patrons can either watch the filmed production projected in the theater or can view at home.  Unfortunately, the original plan to offer live performances was not able to proceed during COVID restrictions that apply to dramatic live on-stage performances although the restrictions for audiences in movie theaters are much less restrictive. So on December 4 and 5 at 7:30 with a 3:30 matinee on December 5, you can watch the film of the play on the Kavinoky’s brand new screen and projecter. Covid precautions will apply to audience members.