Recommended by Dave Osmundsen

  • Repossessed
    2 Jul. 2020
    I listened to this fascinating and thought-provoking play on the Parsnip Ship. I’m extremely intrigued by the world that Greg Lam has so carefully and cleverly constructed here. I also love the ethical questions and quandaries that Lam proposes with this play: Can science go too far in its attempts to improve humanity? Or are we humans responsible by turning to science to erase our flaws? Check this one out!
  • Masculinity Max
    30 Jun. 2020
    I caught this play when it streamed on Playbill's Pride Plays and loved it! Such a poignant, compelling, hilarious, and heartbreaking exploration of how its FTM protagonist, Max, defines his gender and how he expresses it. It also explores how he operates in the world based on what is true to himself, and what the world expects of him. Intelligent dialogue and a brilliant cast of supporting characters makes this play a must-produce!
  • Buried Roots
    26 Jun. 2020
    I listened to this play on the Parsnip Ship podcast. A lovingly crafted, compelling, and heartfelt piece that, on one level, explores the intersections of race and class. On a deeper level, this play is a moving exploration of ancestry, family, and how we have to confront the darker parts of ourselves in order to accept, and gain acceptance of, the ones we love. The conclusion is moving and touching.
  • Bartleby & Bess (5-10 minute play)
    5 Jun. 2020
    A very sweet, light-hearted, and funny piece that captures the anxiety of waiting for a loved one you have't seen in over a year, and the relief when they finally arrive.
  • The Sun, the Moon & Stars
    30 May. 2020
    Three clever, humorous, and insightful one-acts that interrogate the nature of love, from the love that's impossible to articulate, to the love that leads to obsession, and the need for self-love. Each has something to recommend it. "The Moon" uses clever language that would prove a fun challenge for the actors. "The Sun" is darkly comical and wildly unpredictable. And the final piece, "The Stars," has a painfully honest poignancy with a deeply touching ending. While all of these are strong, "The Stars" could honestly be a standalone piece.
  • The Blushing Groom
    30 May. 2020
    A very sweet, charming, poignant, and funny play about two characters navigating the rocky terrain of love, sex, emotion, guilt, desire, and what they ultimately want out of a relationship. Marshall and Rowdy are two characters with palpable chemistry--you find yourself rooting for them to find some sort of compromise to stay together, which keeps you on the edge of your seat. A light, yet substantial piece for two actors to really dig into.
  • Write Your Name Upon My Heart
    30 May. 2020
    An intimate, brief play that says so much about what we give to others who can't give as much to us back, whether that be due to reticence or simply not feeling the same way. Weaver visualizes how we leave marks on each other's hearts beautifully, and the simplicity of the language allows for plenty of subtext for the actors to explore. I love this play!
  • Why Is It Everyone Now Is A Pain In The Ass?
    20 May. 2020
    Talk about an ill-conceived reunion! DeVita is never one to shy away from awkward situations between people who have painful histories, but are still trying their damndest to get through life. The reader gets a strong sense of the tension between Derek and Daniel, even if you never learn what exactly happened between them. The play takes a heartbreaking turn in the end. Well-done!
  • O, Possum!
    19 May. 2020
    Immediately, I fell for the bold, funny, and theatrical voice on display in this piece. Park Ranger and Opposum have a deeply felt and genuine friendship-- you find yourself caring about them when things take a turn for the worst. The play also challenges its audience to think about their complicity in the destruction of the world around them. However, the play also acknowledges a harsh truth: That action is difficult, and sometimes humans fail. Despite this brutal honesty, the play ends on a hopeful note. Definitely check this one out!
  • How To Destroy An American Girl Doll
    17 May. 2020
    With blazing honesty, Rosenberg explores the relationship between two young women over the course of nearly a decade. Gen and Vee are two distinct characters who grow and change as the play progresses. I also found this play very edifying in terms of asexuality, something I don't often see portrayed with much depth. I also have to commend Rosenberg on her tasteful, careful, and respectful depiction of eating disorders. I loved this funny and moving play!

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