Recommended by Daniel Prillaman

  • Black Americanah for Sale
    11 Jun. 2020
    A chilling, sobering keening of anguish, hope, love, hate, and everything in between, "Americanah" is a stellar piece of theatre that demands staging. Wardally’s dialogue is poetic and evocative, and I can only imagine the ferocity and power of the images that a company could conjure with her blueprint. It is nothing less than a tour de force. Read this. Produce this. Break the circle.
  • Would You Rather
    8 Jun. 2020
    An amusing twist takes the classic game down a surprisingly cute and sex positive road. It’s always a treat to read something that makes you laugh, but even more so something where you just can’t help but smile. A great sketch-length play sure to entertain the whole audience.
  • The Reckless Romantic
    7 Jun. 2020
    There’s nothing quite like a well-placed umbrella. Floyd-Priskorn’s tale of a maid’s plight is a delightful, farcical romp that twists and mutates all the way to the close, never failing to surprise or induce copious amounts of laughter. With a blissfully unaware master of the house atop all the physical comedy, this would make a great addition to short play festivals everywhere.
  • Following
    7 Jun. 2020
    Disturbing, lol-inducing, and thought-provoking, Locke’s play is an engrossing exploration of allyship, helping our fellow humans, and the cost of achieving our dreams. The pace is brilliant, slow burning like a pressure cooker, populated by pitch-perfect characters who feel natural and real. Wonderful work.
  • RESURRECTION
    30 May. 2020
    This is a powerful piece of theatre that deserves production everywhere. It is elegant. It is brutal. It is honest. It NAILS what real anxiety looks like. This is my first encounter with Henry’s work, and she immediately reveals herself as a master of pace and dialogue, the latter of which, like the lake in the play, holds so much beneath its surface. Her characters leapt off the page and rooted themselves in me as I read, and I can only imagine what a staged production would do. Stage this play.
  • A Spirited Manor - A Penny Dreadful
    29 May. 2020
    A spooky, funny, non-stop ride of a penny dreadful!! Danley has written not only an expansive and FUN cast of characters, but she fits them into an enticing, well-paced mystery with genuinely surprising twists and turns. Furthermore, it’s rare to read a play with so much adventure in its stage directions. I cannot emphasize enough the endless possibilities for design this play has. You could stage it in hundreds of different ways. And I would be in the audience for each one.
  • Williston
    19 May. 2020
    Simple in premise, yet superbly layered in execution, Seidel has written a delicious and cutthroat tale that leaves us questioning our humanity long after the final words. The dialogue is rich and gripping, and coupled with the play’s vivid stage direction, actors and artistic teams would have no end of fun creating the timeless conflict of its world. I would love to see this live.
  • THE BOG MAN
    13 May. 2020
    Conrad gives us a creepy, dense little horror both poetic in its rhythms and evocative in its imagery. You feel the dread in your bones from the characters’ first exchange, and it does nothing but build all the way to the final page. Nice work!
  • The Agency [in development]
    12 May. 2020
    Be warned, this is a gut punch of a play, but its heart is tender and keening, and so so worth the journey. Romeo’s dialogue has a natural cadence and almost brutal efficiency, and brings us into a world that not only feels all too close on the horizon, but raises fascinating implications and questions about humanity’s relationship with hope. Just as her characters will pay anything to cover their rental fees, what I would not give to see this sublime play on a stage. Theatre at its finest.
  • The Pheasant Plucker's Son
    8 May. 2020
    The charm of this play is inescapable and its comedy is the best kind...deadly serious, as well as deadly British. Short, filled with reversals of expectation, and just plain hilarious for all involved, it is a piece to make the Pythons proud. Do the voices as you read it, it’s worth it.

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