Recommended by Daniel Prillaman

  • Teddy
    21 Aug. 2020
    A hopeful, heartbreaking, and beautiful short play. Martin's premise is one that easily could veer into straight comedy or horror, but she bravely chooses to forego that temptation in favor of something far more human and universal, and it results in a breathtaking portrait of grief and the gift of having someone to talk to. Astounding work that should not be missed.
  • LACES
    21 Aug. 2020
    Shealy-Sachot gives us a deeply unsettling, almost dystopian, world that builds in dread. This team is clearly close. Very close. Too close? The descent into absurd horror is brilliantly executed and grounded in commentary on human nature, and we are left with the distinct feeling that not only have we watched something we were not meant to see, but will be forever be affected by. I'd love to see this on a stage.
  • The Springboard, or: What a Play Is or Can Be or Will Be, or: a Thank-You Note to Matthew Weaver
    18 Aug. 2020
    SO MUCH PAPER!!! Martin’s short play is a celebration of writing, friendship, and friendships between writers, and how the latter specifically (and often) gives us that tiny, little nudge we need to defy the negative voices (be they in our heads or in our faces). Reading this play felt like literally injecting a smile into my veins. I can only imagine seeing it.
  • Into Me (A Love Story)
    18 Aug. 2020
    This love story may be somewhat unorthodox (most welcomely so), but it is no doubt love, in every sense of the word. And if you’ll pardon my cringe, I LOVE (in every meaning of the word) Cathro’s short play. With a construction to cause your actor and lighting designer to fight over who’s more excited to tackle the material, this play is lyrical, evocative, contagious, and deeply felt. Fantastic work.
  • The Syllabus
    14 Aug. 2020
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    You know, Orwell outdid himself, because Sickles instills more smiling, kind terror in two pages than the entirety of any novel. This is horror at its finest, not only absolutely haunting, but entirely entirely possible.
  • I Have Never Met Matthew Weaver But Here's A Play About Him Anyway - Monologue
    14 Aug. 2020
    With this lovely monologue, Speckman captures the beautiful complexity of how vast (or small?) our world truly is. The ways in which we are connected to each other are so much more than we might ever know, and as someone who also wrote a play about Matthew Weaver without having ever met the man, this piece is a tribute to the power of imagination he has instilled in so many, even before we have encountered his work. Bravo to both of these playwrights and humans.
  • BY THE NEON LIGHT OF THE TACO BELL SIGN
    11 Aug. 2020
    To take the grandeur and glory and hope and comfort and innocence that is Taco Bell and condense it into a single character? A stroke of genius. Cross’s short play where a young girl encounters a perhaps guardian angel, perhaps kind wanderer, perhaps who-knows-what is funny and heartfelt, and 100% worth your attention. I need Trinity in my life to help me with this upcoming menu change.
  • Marianas Trench (Part One of The Second World Trilogy)
    10 Aug. 2020
    With no hyperbole, I am blown away by what I can only identify as a piece sure to be realized in the coming years as one of the greatest American dramas of this era. This play is thunderous and immense, poetic and heartbreaking, tender and raucous, and is as dense as the ocean with meaning. Sickles’ alternate timeline is masterfully executed, feeling both all too real and all too possible, and wraps a delicate story of loss, pain, need, and hope into the relationship forged in words (said and unspoken) and wonder by two young boys. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
  • The Object is to Prevent Moisture (Playing on the Periphery #5)
    4 Aug. 2020
    A beautiful and simple scene of children doing something adults have a much harder time with, forgiving. Brilliantly, it isn't a forgiveness spoken aloud, but one you can feel from the dialogue and the action alone. Bravo. Also, Bertram makes me smile to no end. This is a wonderful and deeply layered piece for two young actors.
  • Corrections
    3 Aug. 2020
    Martin’s one-act is tight, expertly paced, and gets more and more heart-wrenching with every page. A realistic depiction of not only the distance the penal system instills in a marriage, but its role in the fracturing of a family in the face of tragedy. Is it actually a chance to start over? Or is it the best excuse you might ever have to get out of what you’ve convinced yourself is a mistake? Wonderful and daring work.

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