Recommended by Rachel Luann Strayer

  • 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.
  • Ghosts of Bogotá
    13 Nov. 2020
    A challenging, thought-provoking piece that deals not only with the repercussions of abuse, but with the question of what we inherit from those who came before. Surprisingly funny, but also tender, lyrical and moving.
  • black kitchen sink
    13 Nov. 2020
    A compelling and poignant family drama that wrestles with abuse and the culpability of those who knew and did nothing. The more I got to know this family, the more I felt like I knew them already. I hope it's staged soon and often.
  • Restoration Parts
    12 Nov. 2020
    The burden of being sexually abused, assaulted, or raped at a young age is not easily understood by people who haven't experienced it. Duane cuts deep with her criticism of the way we treat abuse victims and shines a fractured light on way that the people who were supposed to take care of us can instead turn our tragedies into their own. Restoration Parts is an important story filtered through a lens that is surreal, even at times absurd, but an stronger story because of the way it is told. An excellent, disturbing play.