Recommended by Greg Hovanesian

  • The Creatures of I.L.M.S.
    10 Nov. 2018
    It’s always fun to meet fictional characters in real-life situations. Zietler has given us a wonderfully fun and enjoyable play where monsters such as Dracula, the Wolfman, and Banshee all try to come to terms with the challenges they face in today’s society. But there’s more than a touch of sadness beneath the comedy: as the world around us changes, some relics, both alive and dead, are ultimately left behind. We laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation, but in the end we should feel a little sad as well.
  • Protect the Plate
    9 Nov. 2018
    Human beings are emotional creatures, so it’s only natural that throughout their history romantic relationships have often lead to pain, distrust, anger, and violence. But human beings have also made themselves more dangerous through the invention of weapons: from the stone to the bomb, we have created a plethora of ways to harm. In Protect the Plate, Lawing shows us just how terrifying our use of weapons can be; how a piece of technology can turn us from an emotional, wounded animal to a lethal instrument of destruction. In 2018, the importance of this message cannot be understated.
  • Unspoken (a monologue)
    28 Aug. 2018
    Unspoken is a monologue that grows in power as it moves forward, as the audience slowly comes to know this man who speaks, who goes by different names depending on who speaks to him. His message is clear and terrifying, told through the voice of someone who has experienced racism and homophobia firsthand, whose words carry the weight of pain and knowledge. This piece is moving and scary, and should make us think about what ‘humanity’ really is.
  • The Gorilla
    14 Jul. 2018
    When adults visit a zoo, it is hard for them not to feel pangs of sadness. Unlike children, adults understand that a zoo is an approximation of a real world, a world built into the confines of an exhibit. But in The Gorilla, O’Grady makes us wonder: is our world as ‘real’ as we think? Is the love we experience ‘real’, or do we change ourselves to make it ‘real’? And do ‘real’ wild places still exist in the confines of our world, surrounded by guns and poachers? This play asks difficult questions, yet remains heart-warming and hopeful.
  • Chore Monkeys
    24 Jun. 2018
    If a person is absolutely against racism, and has experienced discrimination in their lifetimes, can they still be racist without realizing it? The answer, of course, is yes, and Chore Monkeys makes this crystal clear to anyone unsure or undecided. Gabridge has written a play that is fun and accessible, and yet confronts the audience with a number of situations that should make us think: why is this happening? And why does it seem so normal?
  • Copy Center of Doom
    24 Jun. 2018
    Unhelpful helpers helped by unhelpful bosses. 500 page novels where the font is what really matters. Abrasive customers who don’t know how insanely offensive they are. And Gremlins! It’s obvious upon reading Copy Center of Doom that this copy center is located somewhere in Hell. But what’s really surprising is how fun Hell can be, as Stubbles shows us in this enjoyable portrayal of some of humanity's lower points.
  • DON PONZO!!! A MONOLOGUE
    16 Jun. 2018
    Don Ponzo is a man filled with bravado: a postal worker at a Renaissance Faire letting loose emotionally, filling the air around him with loud exclamations of feeling as he releases himself completely. But he’s much more than just some loud guy on vacation: the viewer/reader discovers that there’s much sadness locked inside him, waiting to escape. This monologue is an equally sad and funny look into the soul of a man who has lost something special, and is trying to keep things the same, despite the pain he feels.
  • Frosty the Rogue Man
    28 May. 2018
    Frosty the Rogue Man is a wonderful play that demonstrates just how important our words and actions can be. Frosty starts as a creepy, misogynistic rogue...but we learn that there’s more to him than his ugly catcalls. Claudia Haas has written a play that is funny, sweet, and very startling in what it implies: we take after those who create us, and we need to do a better job teaching those who learn from us.
  • SUPER-DEATH!
    28 May. 2018
    SUPER DEATH breaks our hearts and gives us hope at the same time. Two brothers face two terrifying destinies brought forward by one common enemy: Death. But is Death strong enough to break the bond formed by the Love of two brothers? That is the question Goldman-Sherman has put forward in this play. Despite the ominous destiny that both boys know is inevitably coming, the outcome of the play is far from certain, and the audience/reader is kept at the edge of their seats as the struggle unfolds.
  • Transfiguration
    21 May. 2018
    On one level, PARADOXYSM is about relationships: between friends, family members, lovers. Take a look from another angle, and it’s about ghosts: the ghosts and memories who haunt our lives, persistently calling to us, whether we hear them or not. More than anything else, however, it’s a heartbreaking story about mental illness, and the unavoidable difficulties faced by those who suffer from them and the family and friends of those affected. Henry has spun a wonderful tale of magic, mystery, and sadness that deserves to be seen and heard.

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