Recommended by Laura Neill

    11 Jul. 2021
    Your theater should fight to be the first to produce this incisive, heartfelt, and important play, which was performed at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference this year. This small-cast play is a look at an incredibly complex and crucial relationship between two teachers of color who are both trying to do their best for their students and themselves. The play both skewers educational PWIs and offers a genuine glimpse into a teacher's journey to fully claim their own identity. It is layered and powerful, and your audiences need to see it.
  • Oh My, Goodness
    26 Apr. 2019
    A gorgeous rendering of two souls who need each other more than they know... but more than that, a rendering of depression and the battle between seeing beauty in the world and seeing horror. Really looking forward to this play at EST this summer!
  • Deal Me Out
    26 Apr. 2019
    The playwright takes a genuine look at how fractures that have always been there in friendships have broken wider open since the election and now can't be ignored... a painfully beautiful and well-crafted rendering of a seriously contemporary topic. The Huntington reading was great theatre. I'd be really excited to see this one produced.
  • Locusts Have No King
    12 Dec. 2018
    This deliciously terrifying play has a rock-solid emotional core that hits hard. The otherworldly moments build to a finale that is both shocking and absolutely inevitable. Beautifully crafted. I hope to see it onstage soon!
  • Queen of Sad Mischance
    1 Jul. 2017
    This heartfelt play addresses several unsolvable problems: the advancement of Alzheimer's, the dissolution of a family, the impossibility of breaking into academia. The beauty of this piece is that it shows people doing the best they can in the face of those circumstances. Kym, Beverly, and Roy are all intriguing characters whose human flaws make us lean in to their story.
    30 Jun. 2017
    This play hurtles head-on into an exploration of the expectations that face the "woman of the house." One family's grief serves as a window to consider the weight and beauty of caring for other people. The teen daughter's worship of Hello Kitty and the housekeeper's love for opera join with the ghosts and supernatural aspects to add a beautiful unusualness to the core family drama.
  • Lab Rats
    19 Apr. 2015
    This play is intimate, incisive, and thought-provoking (side benefit: also often hilarious). I saw a reading of this script at the Munroe Center for the Arts this year and was bowled over by the exquisite articulation of the two-character structure and its use in conveying such three-dimensional and original people--Mika's sharp and fiery humor and Jake's off-the-beaten-path geekiness come through loud and clear, as does an intriguing question about the place of medical experimentation and surveillance in our contemporary society. Patrick's ability to craft such a genuine and engaging script merits thorough appreciation.