Recommended by Straton Rushing

  • Make Way
    5 Oct. 2019
    A fascinating and human take on a "burning books" dystopia. While not a new concept it does offer new perspectives and moments of truth that aren't present in a more politically driven "Farenheit 451"-type story.

    Osmundsen has teased expanding this world into a longer piece and I hope he does. Either way, this is a short you won't want to miss.
  • P. Lay
    17 Jul. 2019
    This one one of the most original, hilarious and interesting 10 minutes I've had the pleasure of reading in awhile. Salant never shies away from "going there" with his shows and this is no exception.
  • End of the Line: a Bonnie and Clyde Play
    4 Jul. 2019
    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Rossi personally before we switched plays to critique. When he handed me a "Bonnie and Clyde" play, I expected certain things. The romanticism of crime, rose-colored glasses for the past, perhaps a cliche misunderstood love story. That was not what I read. Rossi takes the folk heroes of B & C and tells a much more honest, raw and most likely accurate depiction of their life of crime. On top of this, he implores 2 narrator characters to great effect and makes very creative use of his large cast.
  • when a whale falls
    9 Jun. 2019
    Chavez packs a punch in a very short show, very moving and original.
  • YOUNG VETERAN ADAM AMERSON: A MONOLOGUE
    7 Jan. 2019
    Monologues are generally in Asher's wheelhouse and this is no exception. This show is a hard-to-read gritty breakdown from a veteran suffering from PTSD. It never delves into melodramatic territory but shows the breakdown so many men face after having to face the horrors of war. Very effective.
  • WATERFALL
    7 Jan. 2019
    This show packs a wallop of emotional heartfelt content in just a page. Unfortunately relevant and heart wrenching.
  • The Mermaid Hour
    20 Dec. 2018
    Very interesting and heartwarming play that delves into gender, family and just loving eachother in a beautiful way. I think if you aren't choked up by the ending, you might not have a heart.
  • Pizza Rolls and Politics
    8 Dec. 2018
    An interesting 'slice of life' short play with family humour and quippy dialogue that discusses the political divide in the US in a way I can honestly say I haven't seen before. Pizza Rolls and Politics is an interesting little play for sure.
  • L'Ultimo Castrato
    7 Dec. 2018
    Often forgotten in the history of performing arts are the castrati. While I had heard stories of the practice and often thought it would make an interesting subject for a short play, I did not expect to find such an interesting take on the topic by coincidence. Using dark humour, multiple languages and colorful storytelling, Rinkel gives us a character who's gender expression is almost as interesting as his bittersweet outlook on life. I could easily see this monologue being the highlight of a short play festival.
  • Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes
    12 Nov. 2017
    I had the pleasure of being a part of a staged reading for this show. Upon reading it preemptively, I fell in love with each character individually in a unique way. I assumed that the rose-colored glasses I had for this show would come off after hearing it out loud, but I was wrong. This show is packed full of fascinating content. Gonzalez gives a nuanced and thoughtful message about the state of the US and our penal system, but never compromises his enticing storyline to do so. I highly recommend this script for any reader.

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