Recommended by Dave Osmundsen

  • JANINE: A MONOLOGUE WITH A FANNY-PACK
    24 May. 2019
    What starts out as a sassy monologue from a middle school girl quickly becomes a touching tribute to her grandmother (and of course her grandmother’s fanny pack). It will have you laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. A charming monologue with a strong, believable voice about the things and people we carry with us.
  • Where the Fireworks Come From
    24 May. 2019
    A beautiful, intimate slice-of-life play about two characters who deal with their feelings for each other in contrasting ways, making for a fascinating conflict. Well-paced and vivid, you learn a lot about these characters and who they are over the course of ten minutes. A lovely piece!
  • Riptide Girl (a monologue)
    18 Apr. 2019
    Wow! I love the vivid and poetic imagery and language used in this piece. I can also clearly HEAR it being spoken. Sabrina walks a tight-rope between desperation and desire that is heartbreaking and compelling to watch. Check this monologue out!
  • I Saw Jesus in Toa Baja
    22 Feb. 2019
    An epic and intimate play that explores gender identity, faith, and how we deal with a world in pain and destruction. Diaz-Marcano's writing is beautifully poetic and economic, and he gives the director a lot of opportunities for creative staging. The message of the play is important, to: That we may want an entity to ease our burdens, but ultimately we are enough. Gorgeous play.
  • The Hub
    28 Jan. 2019
    This is a fantastic play that explores the early days of the internet. Dwyer writes her characters with such depth that you can't help but be engaged by all of them, even the ones who aren't as savory. On a deeper level, this horrifying, hilarious, poignant, and intimate play is about people on the edge of something. The play takes place in 2000, when Y2K paranoia was overtaking the world, but it's also about people on the edge of something that will soon become a dominant cultural force. Highly recommended!
  • Ex Machina
    22 Nov. 2018
    A bleak, nightmarish depiction of a capitalist America. Jacobi writes sharp, incisive dialogue and characters that do their best to make the most out of a terrible situation. What's compelling in this play is the conflict between people who want to get out of their situations and improve their lives and the ones who are so used to things that they've convinced themselves they cannot. While the world this play depicts is one of despair, it ends with a glimmer of hope. Check it out!
  • The Cages We Build
    22 Nov. 2018
    This play aims right for your heart and hits it with a bulls-eye. From the heart-wrenching opening to the shattering climax, this is a play that moves rapidly through the life of a seriously troubled teen. However, the drama manages to not feel cliched or like an after school special because Hageman knows her characters on a deep, personal level, and is not afraid to show them at their worst. The play's message seems to be that there are no easy answers in life, and all we can do is our best. Bravo, bravo, bravo!
  • Long Way Down
    22 Nov. 2018
    A compelling slow-burn that steadily builds to a harrowing climax that pays off brilliantly. It slowly draws you in and then, before you know it, has grabbed you so hard that you can't stop reading. The dialogue is spot-on and the characters are completely engaging, especially Karen, who is one of the most frightening depictions of a pro-lifer that I've read in a long time. Not for the faint of heart, but highly recommended nonetheless!
  • Black Super Hero Magic Mama
    20 Nov. 2018
    A very unique, deeply personal examination of one mother's grief in the midst of unspeakable tragedy. Powerful message of learning to confront our grief, even in the face of injustice. Quick, but powerful read. Check it out!
  • Balls
    16 Nov. 2018
    With "Balls," Hageman manages to expose numerous facets of how poorly women are treating in modern-day society using startling wit and economy (only four pages!). The metaphor she uses with the tape is brilliant, and pays off extraordinarily. Check this play out!

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