Recommended by Jacqueline Goldfinger

  • Blind Crest
    22 Feb. 2019
    A sharp, haunting, and necessary read, this play goes beyond the sensational headlines of prison love stories to explore the real, longing, loving, aching people who are caught in a system that betrays us - no matter what side of the bars we live on.
  • THE SUBJECT
    22 Feb. 2019
    A beautiful, moving play that reminds us that sexual assault is not a modern phenomenon, and why the #MeToo movement is so important - both for today and in memory of those whose struggles were never recognized.
  • STARRY NIGHT
    18 Dec. 2018
    I love it when brilliant poets write plays! STARRY NIGHT is a funny, heartbreaking, and poetic force to be reckoned with by readers. I love these characters. The play digs deep into complex questions about how to define freedom in a modern, global society.
  • GALILEE
    18 Dec. 2018
    I had the pleasure of watching this play evolve during the PlayPenn New Play Conference. This beautiful, funny, moving new play is a unique approach to the topic of environmental dangers. Full of promise and possibility, these characters burst off the page with life and heart.
  • TINY HOUSES
    4 Oct. 2018
    Zadravec's language is astounding and her characters are flawed grace. I am a fan of her ELECTRIC BABY play. Read that one too, but read this first. Her use of humor has become more sophisticated, and underscores the complexities of both the personal and political situations that the characters find themselves in; allowing us to open up to their tragedy and possibility in new ways. Highly Recommend!
  • Maid of Radiance
    4 Sep. 2018
    A thrilling work-in-progress! I highly recommend supporting the development of this play! The writer is smartly confronting and confounding our ideas of identity and relationship in this witty genre-shifting comedy that treads in the witty legacy of Moliere and Lope de Vega.
  • Storm Clouds for Lonely Hearts
    4 Sep. 2018
    A beautiful new play from an exciting emerging playwright. He is one to watch!
  • the shed, the fire, and what we found in the ashes: a gothic ghost story
    31 Aug. 2018
    Haygen-Brice Walker is a thrilling new voice in American theater. Always funny, always frightening, and always leading us to unexpected places where he inverts the mythologies of pop culture to help you see the world in new ways. SHED is a fantastic example of a Walker work, albeit in early draft form. Definitely add this to your reading list, and if you are looking for a play to develop this is a great choice. Run, do not walk, to your computer and email him. Now. I'll wait. ... I highly recommend supporting the development of this thrilling new play!
  • Local Girls
    20 Aug. 2018
    I love LOCAL GIRLS! This writer deftly blends humor and pathos in this Act of Supreme Kinetic Imagination. A really rare gem of a play that is both an entertaining evening of theater and genuinely examines the complexities of coming of age in an utterly fresh and thrilling way. Add it to your reading list today.
  • Man of the People
    16 Aug. 2018
    A historical piece that hits you in the solar plexus. A quirky, funny play that says more about today than it does about yesteryear. Given our current obsession with living longer and better, and our acceptance of “alternative facts,” it’s a play that should be produced right now. The writer has a gift for language and a huge heart. This makes the more challenging aspects of the story easier to experience and discuss afterwards. Also, a great play for colleges/universities due to historical subject matter, large cast possibilities, and the vital conversations it unleashes about our cultural moment.

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