Recommended by Rachael Carnes

  • EPIHPANY: A Short Inquiry Into Language
    26 May. 2022
    A remarkably crafted monologue about the internal/external experience of "intimacy" and it's relationship to language and the lived experience. This says so much about the subtleties and intricacies of misogyny, body-shaming and what it means to live in a world where mere pleasure may exist for the other's consumption. Ugh! So relevant and so heartbreaking. This should be required reading at the beginning of educational conversations in High Schools and colleges about sex positivity and consent. Brilliant work.
  • Right Field of Dreams
    23 May. 2022
    This utterly charming play would be a delight onstage. Kaplan creates warm, instant rapport among the characters, with Tim in right field — Wishing someone would *see* him for the non-sportsy person he is. There's such lovely humor throughout, and a river of tempered, relatable emotion flowing underneath each perfect beat. This would be a dream to explore for any creative team: Bright, funny, with opportunities for dynamic physicality and deeply-felt heart. What more can you ask for?
  • MOUSE and FROG
    30 Apr. 2022
    A huge deep breath after reading this monologue. Goldman-Sherman's elegant, seemingly effortless exploration of the distant past as it enfolds into the present expresses exquisitely the searing discomfort of long-buried pain rising to meet current trauma. From an actorly point-of-view, this beautiful work offers guy ropes up a steep mountain face, footholds that would take the performer away from basecamp, into the realm where oxygen is low, and back again. Stunning craft. Deeply-felt ideas.
  • Midnight Mass (MONOLOGUE)
    29 Apr. 2022
    Raw and real, Donnelly's words here slide along a knife's edge — Tapping a rivulet of pain and tender mercies. An actor embodied in this role would have every arrow at the ready - it's sharp, visceral, smart. Achingly sad, when we widen the lens and allow ourselves the scope of the horror depicted. Bravo.
  • Bob's Last Day
    28 Apr. 2022
    A beautiful slice of life for any theatre person. Feeny-Williams creates a gentle wonder at the traces of performances, exploring how their ephemera can be imbued in the fibers of costumes, the sturdy handcraft of properties. This little play reminds me how much I love to nose around in any theatre's storage areas! These relics sing and dance pure memory.
  • EDIE MCDOUGAL: A MONOLOGUE
    24 Feb. 2022
    Oh Edie! How can I feel so connected to a character so immediately?! Wyndham paints the environment and moment with such clarity and strength of vision, and then does something even more remarkable, let's us into the internal pulse of this remarkable, whip smart, wise-cracking person. Want a monologue that will show off your acting chops? Want to read something funny and humane? Look no further.
  • MARTY SAVES HUMANITY
    10 Feb. 2022
    This back to the future romp is a delight. If you were there, Richter’s depiction of 1980’s radio, particularly the rat-tat-tat of the slick DJ patter — the likes of which offered a cultural lifeline for pre-internet, pre cable America — is a warm hug. For anyone newer to this planet, the play will illuminate just another of the reasons why a million angels should go forth to part the airspace in front of Saint Dolly.
  • A Lifetime of Adventure
    10 Feb. 2022
    I’m bowled over by this stunning piece, a masterwork of historical drama. In the rich character development, Lawing shares with us just enough context to connect us to a time, and with a subtle, succinct emotional dexterity, pulls our empathy to a deeply-felt human moment. This is the short play form at its finest.
  • PASTOR JOAN HARTLEY OF OPEN HOUSE CHRISTIAN IN INDIANA: A SERMON: A MONOLOGUE
    10 Feb. 2022
    If Joan were my pastor, I’d be a church regular. Wyndham crafts Joan’s spirit with candor and a capacity to invite empathy through humor. How is someone supposed to shepherd a persecuted flock? This play smartly puts us all in the congregation, imagining a clear-as-day environment and giving us a laser-focused purpose to be here. Joan’s sermon of radical love and acceptance is balm for the beleaguered soul.
  • An Apple for a Telegram
    30 Jan. 2022
    Mother Jones is a titanic figure in American history (even if she was barely five feet tall) and Marchant's gorgeous play illuminates her spirited essence in the way historical drama can, and should: By digging into the formidable rhythms of Jones' undaunted leadership, and letting those efforts loose through the language of poetry. This is a beautifully-wrought play, casting a person from the past into the searing light of today, and helping us to know her better. (Makes me wish Mary Harris Jones were still here, to take on Jeff Bezos.) There's power in the unions! Brava.

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