Recommended by Rachel Luann Strayer

  • Heroes of the Fourth Turning
    6 Feb. 2021
    This play will stay with me for a long, long time. Arbery lifts the veil and invites us in among people with such strong, heartfelt beliefs, who possess the desire for creation and preservation of what is good, but who simultaneously contribute to destruction. There are lyrical, symbolic moments throughout the piece that hearken to what is "missing" - grace, perhaps, or forgiveness. The play neither condemns nor excuses. Instead, Arbery fills his work with real, complicated people. People who are trying to be "good" while all the while being tragically flawed - just as we all are.
  • Women, Am I Right?
    6 Feb. 2021
    Hageman hits the nail on the head with this funny, clever short.
  • The Man Who Shot Hitler
    6 Feb. 2021
    THE MAN WHO SHOT HITLER is a sharp-witted two-hander with (un)surprising contemporary relevance. The open ending leaves room for directors to play, which is always welcome. This play is a great example of McKnight's signature style - dark, farcical, and fantastic.
  • The Librarian
    6 Feb. 2021
    Theocracy comes to the library! A quick, punchy satire that hits home when you love books as much as I do.
  • The Birds and the Bees (a play about Jesus and kissing)
    5 Feb. 2021
    Clever, relatable, & wonderfully irreverent. I especially appreciate the moment at the end between Mary and Joseph as consider their son’s future the way all parents’ must - with both hope & trepidation.
  • MIRANDA (a ten-minute play)
    6 Jan. 2021
    This play is a lovely little epilogue for THE TEMPEST with an interesting twist concerning Miranda's wants, desires, and ultimately, her fate.
  • Tracy Jones
    9 Dec. 2020
    Oh my heart! This is one of the funniest, most endearing scripts I’ve read in a long time. Kaplan’s work serves up wonderful word play with fantastic physical humor, all while cutting to the heart of human loneliness. Highly recommended!
    15 Nov. 2020
    THE WAY IT IS is a tightly-paced drama that turns the tables on our preconceived notions of what sexual violence looks like and who can be a victim of it. A challenging and disturbing piece of theatre.
    14 Nov. 2020
    The style of Donna Hoke's TEACH highlights the complexities of relationships that sit right on that borderline between "ok" and "not ok" - and drives home the realization that when you're that close to the line, you've probably already crossed it. The staging in incredibly interesting and sends a strong pointed message about the way power can be abused, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
  • What the Mind Forgets
    14 Nov. 2020
    Haunting, poignant, lovely, and painful. I would love to see this piece performed.