Recommended by Jelisa Jay Robinson

  • Paletas de Coco or, The Letter Unspoken or, The Christmas Eve Play
    27 Jun. 2020
    This play is honest. Open your diary and read honest. That honesty works. Watching it being performed felt like sitting with a friend or a family member. Each character, moment and scene was clearly painted with the words. If you are interested in an emotional experience that tugs at your heart, this play is it.
  • The Mamalogues
    28 May. 2020
    This play is a love letter to mothers who are Black women. This is appreciation for all that they do. This play had me thinking of the sacrifices that my mother, grandmother and great grandmother made so that their descendants could be here today. This play made me laugh, and think. Thank you for this piece. Thank you.
  • Más Cara
    24 May. 2020
    This is piece is pure poetry. It sings on the page, and on stage. The language is real, and witty. The each one of the characters is distinct and defined. It asks questions about what it means to make a place in the world, what it means to be woman, to be Latina, and to be human. I also love the addition of the Afrolatinx character (much needed in the theatre). This woman-centered work needs to live on the stages across the country.
  • What's Up With Marjorie?
    13 Apr. 2020
    I had the privilege of seeing this play at the Austin Latino New Play Festival and goodness this play touched me to my core. It was nice seeing a powerful, vulnerable and multifaceted range of women portrayed on stage. Cato writes with spunk, honesty and heart. What's Up with Marjorie? A lot. And you're gonna want to read/watch this play to find out!
  • in a word
    13 Apr. 2020
    This play tugs on the heart strings and offers a front seat into the reality of grief. The play on words, scene shifts and use of flashback serve the story well. But it's the characters and their unfolding realities that kept me on the edge of my seat.
  • Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes
    17 Feb. 2020
    I am not going to lie, I cried the first time I read this play. This play is an honest, raw and heartfelt depiction of the effects of the prison industrial system on society today. It situates a real life scenario in the midst of personable characters. I love this piece.
  • Teen Dad
    17 Feb. 2020
    Dawes gives us realness, honesty and family dysfunction in Teen Dad. I felt for each of the characters and wanted each of them to succeed on their individual quest. This piece is funny, heartfelt and diffidently something you should be producing in your .theatre
  • Dinner
    22 Sep. 2019
    I loved reading this play! It was funny, heartfelt and honest. It touched on some real topics between people in the diaspora. I can't wait to see this honest play on the stage.
  • Black Super Hero Magic Mama
    21 Nov. 2018
    This play had me laughing, crying and thinking. Craig-Galvan's piece offers a space for Black Mothers to deal with grief, pain, and loss. I love the individual voices of each character as well.
  • Desire in a Tinier House
    21 Nov. 2018
    Heard an excerpt of this piece in 2016 at the Fornes Presentation. I was captured at the ways that the writer uses weather, touch, and dialogue to flush out complicated and real characters.

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