Recommended by David Hansen

  • Elephant: A Comedy
    8 May. 2018
    "Elephant" is an outrageous condemnation of moneyed East Coast liberals, depicting a world in which it is difficult to discern exactly who is complicit in the destruction of the planet, until you realize it's pretty much everyone, including the (literal) elephant in the room. White people are insane and they are ruining everything. Not sure there is any argument against that at the moment. Awesome script!
  • The Princess of Caspia
    7 May. 2018
    Bourgeois love is a complication of its own creation. It is only appropriate that the loopy love triangle present in this work are self-obsessed and selfish, and I approve of the message that ridiculous situations will eventually play themselves out ridiculously. Getting letter-shamed by a world-famous political prisoner is a particularly inspired touch. Dig into Soltero-Brown’s hilarious dialogue and enjoy this hip script!
  • Bars and Measures
    4 May. 2018
    Goodwin's play touches on the cultural divide of our age, from the vantage point of two brothers, each talented, professional musicians. The plot (did-he-or-didn't-he) is extremely compelling. I was also drawn to the older/younger sibling dynamics, which I found achingly familiar. The larger story addresses the misunderstandings which have and will continue to plague our nation, and our world. I love this script.
  • To the Orchard
    3 May. 2018
    I am charmed by this story, focuses on the relationship between parents and adult children, and the ghosts of things unspoken. Or not yet spoken. The intense relationship between parents and children, the importance of mentors and lovers, and lovers who are mentors. A must-read.
  • Trust
    2 May. 2018
    Like one of those caper films in which an ordinary, seemingly blameless white guy gets sucked into a world of crime and intrigue, only to emerge by the final reel safe and sound, a bit wiser but confident in his place of privilege, Schulman's script is a seriously dark comedy in which our protagonist is hardly blameless, and his successful passage through the underworld unearned and undeserved. We are all aware that the drug war unfairly punishes people of color, and this is a damning, hilarious, and fast-paced illustration.
  • The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
    1 May. 2018
    Mysterious and magical, this is fabulous tale is at once universal and uniquely American, about how we cope with the ghosts, those literal and imagined, from the counties we left behind. A delightful and haunting read.
  • Fairfield
    30 Apr. 2018
    Coble has an incomparable way of taking difficult contemporary issues to outrageously hilarious extremes, and "Fairfield" is a classic example of this. He explodes modern conversations about race, while still presenting engaging and (with one obvious exception) sympathetic, well-meaning, occasionally delusional characters who truly want to do the right thing, even if they only help make everything spin more wildly out of control. As one of the parents whose children attend Fairfield might say, Eric Coble knows how to "use his words!"
  • Living Creatures
    28 Apr. 2018
    Wellman has composed a chilling fable about the helplessness of parenthood. Having a child means that every day, every moment, is an opportunity for them to die. Part ghost story, part aching lament, the playwright taps into the primal fear of child loss, creating a contemporary mythology, not to explain the afterlife, but rather what happens to the living when someone they have put their heart into is gone. It is a creepy, painful, glorious work of love.
  • Barceló On The Rocks
    27 Apr. 2018
    Rodriguez's tale is a memory play of the Dominican Republic, centering on one man who has betrayed as much as he has been betrayed. Caught between nations, abandoning his home and not yet embracing America, he burdens his sons with his shame, disappointment, and sadness. This script is rich and layered, a tension of regret and fear from the old country haunting the otherwise everyday setting of an apartment in Washington Heights. The final moments, of honesty, confession and acceptance, are a welcome release and promise hope for the future. Highly recommended!
  • Provenance
    26 Apr. 2018
    Two women at cross-purposes meet in a library, and the reluctant search for a rare book is on. Wilder's crackling dialogue is positively Beckettian, expressing frustration and futility with knowing wit and absurdity. This is a magical tale about the things we keep, the tasks left undone, and the fear of making connection with those best-suited to take the journey with us. An outstanding four-person piece and highly recommended!