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Evan Guilford-Blake

Evan Guilford-Blake

Evan Guilford-Blake has written 40 plays which have received about 110 productions across the U.S., in Canada, Australia, England and Israel. He has won 26 playwriting competitions and awards for his short fiction and children's material. Playscripts publishes The Firebird and True Magic, The Sound Called Music is online at www.scene4.com, the full-length version of Nighthawks is forthcoming in a trade edition from neoNuma Arts, and What is Gained is Loss, as an e-book from Červená Barva Press. He has short stories in various anthologies, a children's book (Butterflies), and has contributed to two collections of monologues. He is a Resident Playwright emeritus at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Evan has served as Playwright-in-Residence at Utah State University and a presenter for ACTF. He and his wife, freelance writer and jewelry designer Roxanna Guilford-Blake, live in the Atlanta area. More information is available at www.guilford-blake.com/evan.

 

Nighthawks

Nighthawks, set in 1943, is suggested by Edward Hopper's renowned painting. Gil, unhappy over his disastrous marriage, and Donna sit over coffee at 1:00 on a Saturday morning. Gil tries to convince Donna, whom he has been dating for a year, to go home with him: his wife is away. Donna resists; she was married but was caught with Gil by her husband, the day he returned, wounded, from the War. Wray enters warily; he has a bad limp, the result of a war incident (which, he ultimately admits, was racially motivated) that destroyed his career in the Negro Leagues. The counterman, Jimmy, a dreamer whose dreams have never panned out, greets him cordially; they talk of their respective lost dreams. When Wray mentions his wartime friendship with a woman who resembled Donna and Donna responds with interest, Gil perceives it as flirtation. Conflict ensues.