In the spirit of the dramaturgy of Mutual Aid we ask ourselves how can we be of use to one another during these times? How can we support each other and our communities? How do we use arts experiences to bring us together and celebrate their power?



Arts at the Palace’s 2020 From Script to Stage playwright-in-residence

This spring, Arts at the Palace was making plans to develop Donna’s wonderful new play Hearts of Stone for a world-premiere production at the Palace Theater. When it became clear COVID restrictions would preclude live performance, Donna connected Arts at the Palace with Women’s Theatre Festival (Raleigh, NC), which was pioneering work with virtual storytelling. The two organizations decided to co-produce the play on a virtual platform.

Let us gather online to meet Donna, discuss the development of Hearts of Stone, and learn more about her body of work and experience working as a playwright during the pandemic.


Join us Wednesday, July 22th at 5pm on Zoom for an informal online conversation with Donna Hoke. We will be joined by Kyle Bass, Artistic Advisor for the From Script to Stage/Hearts of Stone project.

Zoom link (no pre-registration necessary):


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

From Script to Stage and Hearts of Stone are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Arts Together | Hamilton Conversations, From Script to Stage, and Hearts of Stone are made possible by a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation.