Recommended by J.Lois Diamond

  • Lost in Place: Hank & Teddy
    23 Oct. 2021
    This was a very touching play about how different people dealt with the early part of the pandemic. It would be so easy to paint Hank as a one dimensional crazy person, but instead we see his full humanity.
    The two disparate men find common ground in their troubled lives, and show the universality of suffering. This play helps us to empathize even with people we might find abhorrent. Produce this!
  • At the Train Station in Munich
    11 Oct. 2021
    I saw the reading of this play at the Center for Jewish History. It is gripping, dramatic, and especially important for young people to see. In this play, Cooper shows us 2 sides of the same character at a pivotal moment in time, where life hangs in the balance. It is poetic, original and profound.
    27 Sep. 2021
    I love William's biting satire on the pompous and self-indulgent nature that some "experts" at talkbacks take. As a fellow playwright, I really appreciate the absurdity of the situation. The characters are rich and the play is full of surprises. Well done!
  • Check-in at the Clown Motel
    23 Sep. 2021
    This play is so funny. I thought I'd seen every variation of satire on the orange man before I read this. This one is so sharp and original. So satisfying to see him finally get his just desserts.
  • hide and seek
    23 Sep. 2021
    What a delightful spin on childhood friends. This comedy is jaded, endearing and full of surprises. Would be a great addition to festivals of 10 minute plays, especially in Valdez, Alaska, where bunnies roam free. Could also be a fabulous part of a festival devoted to the Easter holiday.
  • Otto Rahn, Lucifer's Child
    17 Sep. 2021
    This play held my attention from beginning to end.
    It's very original and full of surprises. .
    The setting is evocative, the dialogue witty, and the characters are fascinating.
    Lawing brilliantly injects humor into even the gravest of subject matter.
    I've never heard of Otto Rahn before, but am eager to learn more. I would love to see this produced!
  • No Fences
    31 Aug. 2021
    This play really captures a whole world, through the unwavering attention to the details of objects, both discarded and found. It features a huge range of characters the single actress performing, can embody and take with us on her journey. Well done!
    2 Aug. 2021
    This anthology tells the fascinating story of the struggle for gay rights in this country. Though a series of gripping short plays and monologues which span a century, we are treated to many personal stories of humiliation and pain, but ultimate liberation in the end. This collection would be the highlight of any LGBT and/or human rights festival. I would love to see this produced!
  • Blinded
    23 Jul. 2021
    This play really drives home the insensitivity of academics towards disabled students. As someone who was once in this position, I am heartened to see this brought to light. This play needs to be produced widely at colleges and universities!
    14 Jul. 2021
    I saw a reading of this play at The Valdez Theatre Conference. The author really captures the polarized time we live in. It's funny, dark and full of suspense, with larger than life characters and a compelling situation. It asks the age old question, can love transcend all?