Recommended by Daniel Prillaman

  • The Eyes, The Nose, The South of You / The East, West, North, and the Mouth of You (two parts of the one-minute play series Destination: Wedding)
    5 Feb. 2022
    I just got engaged recently. This is not an attempt to fish for congratulations. This is relevant information. If you have also recently gotten engaged...hell, if you're THINKING about getting engaged, if you're dating someone, if you've ever had a crush, if you've ever been anywhere ever with literally anyone else, Sickles has provided immaculate advice.

    Write your vows beforehand.

    Or don't. Fuck it.

    If you're with the right person, nothing else much matters.
  • The Final Disappointment
    4 Feb. 2022
    There's something inexplicable about encountering something (or someone) we know is powerful or otherworldly. Do they pose a threat? What are their intentions? Is the pleasantness of the company enough to override that? As someone unfamiliar with the folklore at hand (but so excited now to dive in), Karuc's short play blew me away. This is an incredible piece of writing, with serene, slightly empty (or it is sinister?) visuals and dialogue that cuts like cold ice. A surreal musing on death, grief, and moving (not even forward, just moving) after loss. Highly recommend.
  • So You Want To Create A Universe?
    2 Feb. 2022
    It's almost frightening to think of God (or whatever deity came before) as more human. The idea that our creator doesn't know what the hell they're doing might be comforting, but not exactly reassuring. Heyman's thoughtful comedy explores the insanity of creating and managing the entire universe(s), but also bravely meditates on the most important part of the story, the end. Even if you're God, we all have a finite amount of time to do what we choose to do, or make what we choose to make. That can mean everything. Lovely short work.
  • An Awkward Conversation in the Shadow of Mount Moriah
    2 Feb. 2022
    What is worth defying God for? Bavoso is amazing. Instead of taking what could easily be a one-joke premise stretched out to ten minutes, he adds an insane amount of BEAUTIFUL layers to one of the most "extra" Sunday School stories. We chuckle at the thought of the awkward conversation, but the surprising heartfelt words both said and unsaid are moving, funny, and eye-opening, as son and father truly see one another for the first time. This is a stellar short play.
  • Bandera, Texas
    31 Jan. 2022
    Moving, inspiring, and filled with the literal perfect amount of sass, Feriend's play is just beautiful. A brilliant meditation on so much, from the multiple meanings of home, collaboration amongst romantic partners, matriarchal generational legacy, what happens to our dreams as we age, and everything in-between. The staggering feat is how tightly focused it is. The dialogue here will sneak up on you, strike you from underneath like the rattlesnakes under the trailer. Have I even mentioned the "Texas" jokes, yet? Like, really, there's so much here. And it even has great roles for some older actors. Highly recommend.
  • Unfortunately
    13 Jan. 2022
    Absurd and vindicating, "Unfortunately" is a delightful (for the audience) window into the unique shit playwrights have to put up with, something people who are not playwrights will never quite understand. But no matter your affiliation with plays, everyone will most certainly enjoy the comedy at play, as we watch how far Sarah is willing to go for the chance of a production. Hilarious short.
  • A Man in Uniform: A Monologue
    12 Jan. 2022
    Good god, the first line. The last line!! I can say nothing. I will spoil nothing. All I will further say is that I am stealing this for auditions. Thank you, Viraj. I sincerely hope this is not based on a true story, but let's be real, we've all seen weirder things on the internet.
  • The Form of Steel
    6 Jan. 2022
    While the Sacred Order of Bloody Steel has elected to separate itself from society, Weeks' play is infused with an elegant, grinning whimsicality. From over-the-top declarations of passion to moving depictions of love (punctuated by the clash of swords), the ensemble cast raises a healthy pile of ethical quandaries, asking not only what things (or people) should we use our limited time above ground to pursue, but how best to do so when those closest to us disagree. Any cast and audience will get sucked into this lovely world.
  • Boy Meets Hyphen
    4 Jan. 2022
    Delightful, hilarious, and remarkably honest, Solomonson brings to light the surprising number of difficulties engaged couples must overcome when changing their names. Is Cary being too paranoid? Or are his observations scarily accurate? Any short festival (and its audience) would have a blast with this one, as long as everybody gets their immature giggles out of the way first.
    4 Jan. 2022
    Sometimes, I can write a recommendation right after finishing a play. Other times, I have to fully digest it, let it simmer with me. "All Hallows Eve" is a confounding, darkly tongue-in-cheek play that dares you to forget about it, because the second you do, it'll strike. There's an absurd lilt to the dialogue and world, even the characters' moods. Putting together the puzzle is fun, disturbing, and much like the smoke from the cigarettes, lingers with you (and around you) long after the flame is out.