Firehouse Theatre is pleased to announce the winners of our 2015 New American Play Festival.


The first place play is Donna Hoke’s BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART. Hoke weaves taunt and often lyrical dialogue with a provocative story revolving around a romantic triangle among a law student, her struggling artist boyfriend, and an older and highly successful investment banker. The play contemplates the accommodations we are willing and unwilling to make when it comes to love, art, and money.


The second place play is Kate Kremer’s OPERA OF THE TELEPHONE AT DELPHI. Set in a call center at a musical theatre institution, Kremer seamlessly alternates between comedy and drama as she examines in poetic detail the characters who make a living trying to sell subscriptions and cultivate donors.


The two plays were selected from over 70 entries by a panel of readers comprised of professional theatre artists. Both plays will be given staged readings as part of Firehouse Theatre's SEASON OF RADICAL CHANGE. Dates will be announced soon.
































Western New York regional representative for the Dramatists Guild, award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 34 states and on five continents. Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (currently playing in its third year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award winner), FLOWERS IN THE DESERT (AACT top 20 finalist), and SAFE (winner of the 2014 Todd McNerney National Playwriting and Naatak National Playwriting Contests, and the 2015 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest).  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.


Kate Dakota Kremer is a playwright and dramaturge. Plays include Porch Play, Opera of the Telephone at Delphi, Nocturne, and Blue Mountain Prohibition, a translation/adaptation of Alejandro Casona’s Prohibido suicidarse en primavera. Her plays have been produced and/or developed by StageFemmes, Three Cat Productions, New Ground Theatre, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Fiction has appeared in Red Branch Journal and Every Day A Century and nonfiction in the TCG Circle Salon, Encore Magazine, the Kenyon Review blog, and the Seattle Repertory Theatre blog. She has worked in literary departments at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company and appeared onstage in productions and readings for the Endangered Species Project, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, and New Ground Theatre. She writes an ongoing blog series for HowlRound on the new avant-garde. She also tweets @katekremer.

Previous Festivals:

  • 2014: Playwright Lynne Elson wins the festival with her play A Blessed Unrest. The runner up was playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks for her play Chair.

  • 2013: Playwright Kelly Younger wins the festival with his play This World We Know. The runner up was playwright James Bosley for his play Broad Channel.

  • 2012: Playwright David Rush wins the festival for a second time (previously in 2007) with his play Nureyev’s Eyes. The runner up was playwright Jeffrey Wolf for his play Memories of Lost Time.

  • 2011: Playwright Kristen LePine was the winner of the 2011 festival for her play Foolish Fire. The runner up was playwright Chisa Hutchinson for her play Somebody’s Daughter.

  • 2010: Playwright Gino DiIorio of New York, N.Y. was the winner of the 9th Annual Festival for his play The Jag. The runner up was playwright Mike Folie for his play American Past.

  • 2009: Playwright Evan Guilford-Blake of Atlanta, Ga., was the winner of the 2009 festival for his play An Uncommon Language. Magnificent Waste by Caridad Svich was the runner up.

  • 2008: Playwright Richard Willett, for his script Tiny Bubbles. Jon Busch’s play Pet Shop Days was the runner up.

  • 2007: Fifth Annual Festival’s surprise ending – a Tie!  Sharing the joint honor of first place were One Fine Day by David Rush from Chicago, Illinois; and Grace by Sharon Sharth of Pasadena, California.

  • 2006: Winner Frawley Becker’s play Tiger by the Tail made the great leap from the Firehouse Stage straight to Off Broadway! Tiger by the Tailopened at the Wings Theatre in New York City on March 24th, 2006.

  • 2005: Jude Barker won the Third Annual Festival with the play Bourbon St. Spell. Harry Ben Hanson’s play On War Cows & the South Dakota Dutch was a close second.

  • 2004: Happy. Go. Lucky. by Tania Richard was the winner of the Second Annual Festival. The runner-up was Living Room by P.J. Nix.

  • 2003: The winner of the First Annual Festival was Silent Heroes by Linda Price. The runner-up was Our Family Business by Bo Wilson.