Recommended by Straton Rushing

  • Class C
    5 Jun. 2023
    This play is the most effective use of dystopia I have read for the stage. Martin introduces what at first feels like a familiar hypothesis for (fascist near-future USA a la Handmaid's Tale) and then continues to expand it in all directions, giving it a new spin. The play is wryly funny at times but largely manages to keep you at the edge of your seat with constant distrust and tension.
  • Wheel of Fortune Reversed
    21 Dec. 2022
    Lovely piece that delves into a lot of rich thematic content in just 10 minutes.
  • Monsters Beyond the Midnight Zone
    16 Mar. 2022
    The kind of play that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Deeply engaging and gut-wrenching by the ending.

    I would also recommend Gather by the Ghost Light's audio production of the piece, very well produced!
  • Autophobia: noun. a fear of one’s self (a monologue)
    16 Mar. 2022
    A poetic and disturbing monologue that delves into fascinating tangents on personhood. This is the best use of psychological horror I've ever seen in such a short format.

    This would fit beautifully into an evening of horror theatre.
  • 153
    18 Apr. 2021
    As well written as Martin's synopsis of this play is I encourage you to go into this play "blind". Experiencing what this play is truly about the way an audience would is a true treat.

    To deal with such heavy themes and concepts in a 10 minute is a gift, one Martin no doubt has. I teared up a little reading this. It is at once universal and specific, and above all a lovely play.
  • Drowners
    12 Jun. 2020
    Rossi creates a very original setting and tells a very compelling story with this piece. Despite having a cast of eleven the stage never feels needlessly crowded and the plot never grows contrived. The show is fast-paced with a couple of beautifully dark moments.

    I really really hope I am there to see the premiere of Drowners someday.
  • What Melvin Bought for This Week's Game Night
    30 May. 2020
    I had the pleasure of reading this piece with Rossi in an informal setting and it is so much fun. I really hope to see several more productions of this show happen in the future. Very solid piece for your next comedic 10-minute festival!
  • Bears
    21 May. 2020
    I really did not expect a play about bears titled "Bears" to touch on so many topics from ethics, to society, to what it means to be an "animal". These 3 characters are brilliantly written and Rigney creates a world that feels vast yet never contrived. I cannot recommend this play enough, one of my favorite reads of 2020 (speaking of which, with the apocalyptic backdrop, the pay feels relevant in a totally new way).

    14 May. 2020
    Dames has here a heartbreaking piece about sickness, friendship and what it means to be remembered in an uncaring world.

    I hope to see a production of this piece someday. It is brilliantly crafted, not a word goes to waste.
  • The Last Shore Trip
    1 May. 2020
    It is hard for me to name another play that accomplishes what this piece does in just 10 minutes. This show consists of some of the most honest storytelling I have seen in a play in a very long time. Powerful, loving, and all-around real.