Recommended by Skye Robinson Hillis

  • The Defiance of Dandelions
    2 Jun. 2019
    This play is unlike any I have ever read. It's beautiful, moving, poetic, surprisingly, overwhelming, and badass. I would fall all over myself to see it performed on stage.
  • Rev
    2 Jun. 2019
    As character studies go, this is a pretty stunning offering. Bykowski has expertly drawn three fascinating, funny, heartbreaking female characters in what is also a gorgeous love letter to the South Side of Chicago. This play will make some lucky stage very happy.
  • The Evolution of Rattlesnakes
    22 May. 2019
    A moving story about sacrifice, small towns, female friendship, and taking your life back into your own hands. Egdorf has written beautifully drawn characters in a harrowing situation, and the ending will stay with you for a good while to come.
  • Sunny Days
    22 May. 2019
    A beautifully unconventional story about a mother-daughter relationship wrapped in the thrilling guise of a serial killer thriller. This is a surprising, compelling, and thoroughly moving play, and I'm thrilled I had the opportunity to see it at Ohio University.
  • Here Lies Vivienne Greene (a sample)
    29 Apr. 2019
    Here lies a play with a dynamic, strong black female character who knows what she wants and will work hard without stopping until she gets it. Matthews has created a compelling protagonist in Vivienne Greene and it is a joy to follow her journey in 1956 Georgia. This is a smart, lyrical, theatrical, and relevant play that will transport and move you from beginning to end.
  • Abraham Lincoln Wrote MPreg!
    24 Mar. 2019
    This play was an unabashed joy to watch in every raucous way. Varga has written a smart, hilarious, outrageous, and still somehow poignant five minute play that is a delight to read and a delight to watch.
  • Days of Plenty
    19 Mar. 2019
    A short play about two farmhands in what I imagine to be the Dust Bowl contemplating a move to California and a better life. For such a short play, these characters are rich and their relationship is well-developed, and the language is lovely and evocative. A beautiful ten-minute piece.
  • Io
    4 Mar. 2019
    A thoughtful short play exploring grief, loss, and family, with a suspenseful clock that deftly adds urgency for both the characters and the audience. I love plays that feel familiar at the beginning and by the end have taken us to a place we never expected, and it's especially impressive when it's achieved in such a short time. This is one of those plays.
  • Wax
    21 Feb. 2019
    A thoughtful, surprising, and wholly moving monologue, the images in which will stay with you for a long time to come.
  • She Moves in Her Own Way
    18 Dec. 2018
    In this play, Matthews has created a compelling story about family using the colliding worlds of basketball and dance. The relationships are vivid, real, and painful, and each character's journey is moving all on its own, but woven together the impact is incredibly strong. That combined with Matthews' humor and facility with the language of young people makes this play a magical one to experience.

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