Recommended by Rachel Luann Strayer

  • Things I Don't Want to Talk About: a hero(ine)'s journey
    12 Nov. 2020
    Femia's voice is bold and vulnerable as she explores the depths of her past in an effort to save valuable pieces of herself that she feared might be lost forever. A powerful odyssey of healing.
    12 Nov. 2020
    It's amazing how quickly Goldman-Sherman is able to create doubt in the mind of her audience when a date goes wrong in a very public way. A scathing critique of our hesitance to believe women who've suffered assault, even when it happens right in front of our eyes.
  • Pussygrabber
    12 Nov. 2020
    Visceral, real, and relevant. This monologue captures not just a personal moment for the teller, but a universal moment for many of the women in our country. I hope, after January 20th of this year, that Femia has the opportunity to write a follow-up that brims with victory and healing and hope. For now, this brilliant and painful piece has left me gutted.
  • No Bikini
    12 Nov. 2020
    Witty and dark, NO BIKINI makes me want to cheer and scream at the same time. Jess is everything I want in a friend, but the battle she has to wage in order to protect herself and her friend is hellish and all too real. I wish I could buy a "No" bikini for every college girl who wants one...and get them a couple of bodyguards too.
  • Mirrors
    12 Nov. 2020
    MIRRORS is a poetic gut punch that juxtaposes sweet, nostalgic images with the brutal horror of remembered rape. Adding to its sharpness is the cruel reality that those who struggle to believe us are often the ones who have the greatest reason to, because once upon a time they lived the same thing and were silenced.
    12 Nov. 2020
    Sharp and shocking, KINDERGARDEN is a darkly comic piece revolving around the sick reality of familial abuse. As uncomfortable as it may seem, we need more plays like this to be produced because we need more discussions on this topic to be had. Goldman-Sherman pierces right to the heart of this matter: abuse doesn't have to be normal in order for it to be common.
  • Asking For It
    11 Nov. 2020
    A clever, biting critique of the way our system treats victims of sexual assault.
  • SHIP
    10 Nov. 2020
    A fascinating play about relationships and recovery, rebuilding lives along with trust, and how following our dreams can either imprison us or set us free.
  • Dark Skinned Pavement
    15 Sep. 2020
    Complex, timely, and poignant, DARK SKINNED PAVEMENT is an incredibly thoughtful piece that deftly balances the juxtaposition of personal grief with public tragedy. Young draws the reader into this family's personal crisis inches at a time, revealing morsels of plot that add up to a staggering final moment that is both triumphant and tragic. Highly recommended!
  • Haunted House (a monologue)
    29 Jul. 2020
    An intriguing taste of remorse in an unexpected location. Succinct & thoughtful.