Recommended by Straton Rushing

  • Distance Blues
    14 Jul. 2023
    Futrell brings his signature absurdist style into a personal family drama that carries with it echoes of Shepard's "True West". I was lucky enough to see a developmental reading at Arizona State and it is rare to hear such audible reactions from an audience.

    The play is truly unlike anything else you'll find. Its blend of fantastical and deeply personal creates emotions that will stick with audiences well after they leave the theatre.
  • 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).

  • NOWHERE MAN
    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.

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