Recommended by Robert Weibezahl

  • Goodbye, Bobby
    4 Aug. 2022
    Why we write; what we write; who we write? This charming two-hander is a puzzle box dialogue between a writer and his character that explores the act of creation, what is real and what is imagined, and how it can be impossible to shed the impulse to write, no matter how hard one may try. Every writer will relate to this on-the-money scenario, which Williams brings to life with humor and head-scratching moments of familiarity.
  • Home-Style Cooking at the Gateway Cafe
    4 Aug. 2022
    Head on over to the Gateway Cafe for some good grub and a reality check. Williams repeatedly undermines audience expectations in this witty and thoughtful look at "America" today. As he targets the duplicity – triplicity? – of our elected officials, he reminds us that we mustn’t judge folks by our preconceived perceptions of what they should be. This large-cast short is a perfect fit for festivals in both red states and blue.
  • FAKE
    3 Aug. 2022
    Karen Saari’s candid and perceptive monologue tackles the thorny issue of the insecurities and “imposter syndrome” that many of us – most of us! – experience to one degree or another. The playwright, entering a room at a writer’s conference, cops to his/her youthful arrogance and defensiveness, which was triggered by lack of confidence in the presence of more “knowledgeable” peers and unkind mentors. Having gained an understanding of the individual talent (and limitations) that set him/her apart, the playwright won’t be faking it anymore. This brave piece will speak to the heart of any writer.
  • Easy Come, Easy Go
    1 Aug. 2022
    In just a few minutes, Bruce Karp takes us on a roller coaster of emotions – grief, resignation, hope, joy, disappointment, and then, in the end, acceptance (with another dash of hope for good measure). This brother and sister’s shared experience will speak to anyone who has sorted through the detritus of a life as well as anyone who has placed their hopes on the shaky good fortune of chance. A lighthearted comedy that provokes full-hearted thought: a rare thing indeed!
  • LEAVING A HOLE - 5-minute monologue
    30 Jul. 2022
    This is an extraordinarily powerful monologue—immediate and visceral. Rose digs deeply into the stark truths of pain and grief—both that which can be relieved and that which will never completely go away. With a daring and expert use of the second person, Rose gives Thea a voice that speaks directly to the audience while addressing herself. I cannot not imagine there is an actor out there who would NOT want to perform this piece. Heartbreaking and haunting.
  • I LOVE A PARADE, a 10-minute political drama
    19 Jul. 2022
    This is a stunning work (in both senses of the word). Rose mixes dystopian tropes and historical realities from past fascist eras with Brechtian assuredness. A grave warning in our disturbing times that will leave audiences troubled, thinking, and galvanized. Produce this play!
  • GOING HOME, a 8-minute drama for two actors, any gender
    14 Jul. 2022
    GOING HOME is an at-once tender and fierce short two-hander. As a married couple faces a debilitating stroke and the life changes it promises to bring to their loving relationship, they bravely venture beyond sentimentality to a place of honesty about expectations, anger, and loss. Arianna Rose crafts a beautiful story that is both particular and universal, transcending clichés. Audiences will both laugh and choke up, and actors will love investing their souls into this nuanced, heartrending script.
  • Free! Powerful Muscles Fast!
    12 Jul. 2022
    Ever a master at the uses of bull’s-eye nostalgia, Williams here paints an evocative memory monologue that will speak to many. While conjuring a very particular cultural time and place, Mike’s memory achieves wide resonance with its frank depiction of puberty and sexuality, and widens further still when he comes to realize the conflict between the ways society portrays heroes and the essential truth of what a hero really is. While Mike is designated as mid-thirties, actors in a range of ages could—and should—undertake this poignant and witty monologue.
  • 'Rain on Fire
    3 May. 2022
    With raw honesty – and a bit of heartfelt music – Saari deftly explores the opioid crisis in rural America through the timely story of one extended family turned upside down. Secrets and lies, resentments, poor choices, self-deception – all plays out with a comfortable familiarity that makes the harsh reality all the more painful to acknowledge. The emotions are very real, as is the surprising amount of humor, which, as in life, becomes a mechanism for survival.
  • The Flemish Master
    3 May. 2022
    As a woman faces the end of life, she must learn to let go of her lifelong need for control. Cole has fashioned a beautiful short play about art and serenity -- a thought-provoking story driven by gentle metaphors, and imbued with grace.