Recommended by D.W. Gregory

  • Drive
    8 May. 2021
    Compelling and poignant, 'Drive' takes us to a world not very far in the future, in which self-driving trucks displace working men and women, leaving them to struggle not only for survival, but for meaning. Yarchun writes with great empathy and authority about a subculture that is rarely examined so honestly. I read 'Drive' a few months ago, and these characters are still with me, so vividly has she drawn them.
    23 Aug. 2019
    You don't have to be a fan of gothic fiction to be enthralled by this fascinating glimpse into the private life of Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre. O'Grady offers a theory about an emotional affair that might have inspired the novel, but tells it through the eyes of Charlotte Bronte's friend and biographer, Mrs. Gaskell, whose desire to protect the author's reputation conflicts with her own need to ferret out the truth. O'Grady handles the material deftly, with both humor and lyricism, yet the tension never flags. Quite an achievement.
  • Alabaster
    8 Jan. 2019
    Saw the reading of this poignant and funny play at the NNPN showcase in December. Audrey is a rare find in contemporary theatre -- a genuine Southern regionalist on stage, who writes with deep emotion about matters of the heart. In all of her work, her characters are rich and engaging, but in 'Alabaster' she's truly hit her stride.
    10 Nov. 2017
    A beautifully written play with vividly realized characters living on the fringes. I loved the relationships between the older characters, juxtaposed against the young boy’s gnawing sense of loss and need to prove himself. It’s really a play about trust and how the inability to trust erodes our relationships with, well, anyone. I love the poetry of the play, the images, the richness of the world that the writer creates. Though it might be a challenge to produce -- and some actors might fear being upstaged by a dog -- I would dearly love to see it onstage.