Recommended by Julie Zaffarano

  • Esther Choi and the Fish that Drowned
    15 Mar. 2019
    Ester Choi is a young woman struggling with abandonment, grief, anger, as she questions her motivations and choices. As Walters masterfully reveals her characters through a series of telling vignettes, we are drawn into their familiar, yet unsettling world.
    15 Mar. 2019
    Calem’s modern twist on the Rapulzel fairy tale is fresh and engaging. The momentum builds a typical mother/ daughter relationship tension to something deeper as the world begins to implode. Well done.
  • Honey Bee Baby
    15 Mar. 2019
    Honey Bee Baby is an eerie futuristic play of personal rights versus government control and propaganda. The characters portrayed in the story are real and can’t (sorry — can not) quite fit into a world that tries to wipe out kindness and humanity. Clever and haunting.
  • Dead Meat
    10 Mar. 2019
    A gripping, crazy-assed (in the best way possible), terrifying, hysterically funny portrayal of the end of the world. Three flawed men desperately to try hang on to a crazy perception of “dudeness” as the real world crumbles. Zubel’s brilliant play will keep you up all night thinking about it.
    17 Feb. 2019
    Wyndham is a genius in cramming so many emotions and a clear character arc into short monologues. The anger, desire, humor, desperation, and, ultimately, power of this character are clearly defined, You can see them huddled in the freezing room, and, as each layer the ridiculous winter clothing comes off, so does each layer of insecurity.
  • Tribe of the Brightest Sun
    27 Jan. 2019
    A compelling story of three women in varying stages of life, each with a unique story of what brought them to this strange and filthy and beautiful world. Roa shows his adeptness at creating authentic dialog that is measured and effective. Well done.
  • A String Between Man and the World
    27 Jan. 2019
    A gripping play that draws you deeper and deeper into the mind of Miles Alloway, who may or may not be insane. Zubel’s descriptive and poetic language set against Mike’s fervor keeps the audience on the edge. Well done.
  • Night Ride
    21 Jan. 2019
    “Night Ride” by Mark Cofta is full of more twists and turns than an old fashioned roller coaster. A dark comedy set on a lonely road, Cofta keeps us guessing until the very last moment. I had the pleasure to see this play in a workshop and was completely riveted. A perfect addition to any play festival with dark comedy.
  • The Others Club
    21 Jan. 2019
    Cofta immerses us into a middle school world of students who create an “Others Club” — a club for those who don’t feel they have a place with the standard club offerings. Here we find thoughtful kids who want a place where they can find acceptance. Very funny dialogue as kids try to navigate new waters and create their unique club rules (including a rule against murder!) Their protected community is compromised by two bullies who invade their meetings. An entertaining and educational play perfect for schools and beyond — lessons for us all. Bravo!
  • Can't Live Without You
    29 Dec. 2018
    A resonating and compelling play where writer Donny realizes that he has slowly and steadily lost his true self to live a pleasant, but not aithentic life. As he is confronted by himself in the form of a chactater he created in an unfinished novel, he is also confronted by his partner to make a life choice that would completely close off the path back to his former self. No matter which path Donny chooses, hurt, pain and loss is inevitable.