Recommended by Kate Busselle

  • The C Word
    1 Jul. 2022
    As an art nerd, I was thrilled that this was an honorable mention for the Student Jane Chambers Award. This play is a fantastic ensemble piece that would be a dynamic acting challenge for college-aged women and would also provide an intriguing design challenge. I fantasize about what the Hystoracle would look like!
  • WITH FELLOWSHIP
    1 Jul. 2022
    WITH FELLOWSHIP is absolutely deserving of the Student Jane Chambers Award 2022. This play is complex, nuanced, and has fantastic roles for women. The topic is absolutely fascinating, and the relationships between the characters develop complexity over the course of the play. A must read and must produce!
  • Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
    1 Jul. 2022
    I had the distinct honor of reading this play as part of the Jane Chambers Award Committee 2022. All roles for femme women and great depictions of the challenges around women's issues both past and present. The playwright uses innovative conventions of jumping back and forth through time with the same actors in order to communicate the timelessness of the issues related to pregnancy, sex work, and sexual assault. The biting satire ends in complete chaos. In light of the overturning of Roe, this play is a must read and must produce!
  • Joan Dark
    1 Jul. 2022
    I had the honor of reading this play as part of the Jane Chambers Award Committee in 2022. This play examines a complex and interesting turn within the Catholic church as they attempt to reckon with hundreds of years of sexism within a short time frame to keep "current" with their parishioners. The protagonist, Joan, is a compelling character whose journey with religion, faith, and sexism unfold through flashback and varying conflicts with sexism within the Roman Catholic religion that make for a compelling examination of those who dare to challenge long-standing establishments like the Catholic Church.
  • Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams
    1 Jul. 2022
    This play has achieved the impossible--taking an entire neighborhood and placing it on a one-set theatre stage. Each neighbor, gossip, auntie and uncle that cycles through Inky and Celina's world as they try to build their own small corner of Koreatown adds to the eccentricity and liveliness of the play (not to mention the hilarious pastor who is powerwalking and stretching outside). A true cultural gem of a play with iconic imagery of a single red painted nail for good luck.
  • Body + Blood
    1 Jul. 2022
    This play is pure poetry, and the beautiful questioning of religion that Joshua's character offers are so poignant to what religion is today. Who gets to decide where "church" is? What kind of parishioner is a "good" parishioner? If all are not welcome at the table, is the table worth sitting at? The language and imagery within this play are magical. Dynamic characters and star vehicles for queer and trans actors!
  • STAINS
    1 Jul. 2022
    I. LOVE. THIS. PLAY. The painful specificity of puberty, the awkward humiliation of embarrassing grandmothers and moms, 1990s television, and why oh why was Topanga not available? A hilarious play with heart that is a dynamic ensemble piece for all of the women in the show. PLEASE PRODUCE THIS PLAY!!!
  • oh to be pure again
    1 Jul. 2022
    This play is a beautiful and balanced exploration of purity culture within Christianity. There are moments to laugh with the characters and their summer camp antics, and moments your heart breaks when the patriarchy pops the bubble of feminine joy. Fantastic design challenges within. A beautiful story that colleges everywhere should produce!
  • Neighbor Jane
    1 Jul. 2022
    This wonderfully suspenseful, surreal play takes you on a journey of truth, jump scares, and poetry and as you learn more about the characters, your opinions and thoughts will change. A great play for four dynamic actors and a star vehicle for an older woman! Read (and produce) this play!
  • The Wine Vignettes
    20 May. 2022
    This play is sexy, hot, and drunk in the best way. The Wine Vignettes was a riveting play to read, especially to see how each of the femme characters coped with different crises in their lives. As an intimacy specialist and wine enthusiast, this play absolutely spoke to me. A great read!

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