Recommended by John Bavoso

  • Tennessee Wet Rub
    10 Dec. 2022
    This play held me in tense suspense from the very first page, but the true beauty of the script is the way it unfolds the characters into fully realized people. Ruyle’s attention to detail and language is on full display. Timely and timeless, this play is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and spark many a post-show discussion. Highly recommended!
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    3 Dec. 2022
    Spooky season may be behind us, but reading Minigan’s sharp and witty adaptation of this classic ghost story put me right back in my October feels. Even the stage directions are a joy to read! This is truly a gift to talented and versatile actors—throw in that it’s easy to produce and based on a recognizable and beloved tale, and you have a play that should be presented on stages across the country. Bravo!
  • Off Peak
    3 Dec. 2022
    Having anyone engage you in conversation on public transit during your evening commute is a nightmare—let alone an ex! But in Off Peak, Withers has created an honest two-hander between two former lovers suffused with nostalgia, regret, and maybe, ultimately, redemption. At one point Sarita says, “I don’t think anything’s ever over.” And that perfectly sums up this bittersweet anti-meet-cute. Easy to produce and a great showcase for a pair of talented actors, this play packs a lot of longing and verbal sparring into a brisk 80 minutes. Give it a read!
  • A Benevolent Alliance of Mourners
    16 Sep. 2022
    As a fan of both Ken Preuss and Phoebe Bridgers, I couldn't not love this play! It unfolds beautifully and tenderly, highlighting the mysteries and coincidences and questions about life and death that we all grapple with. This conversation feels natural and relatable, and the audience is absolutely rooting for these two characters by the end of the piece. Great stuff all around!
  • Telling of the Bees
    4 Sep. 2022
    This is such a layered, authentic portrait of the loss of a child/sibling and the struggles of a flawed family scrambling to go on while mired in grief and regret. Hubbard seamlessly weaves timelines together and deftly suffuses the proceedings with a vaguely apocalyptic energy. This play features incredible material for both casts and creative teams to dig into—Beatrice, in particular, is an incredible gift to actors. Absolutely read this play—I really hope I get to see up on its feet one day!
  • The Wonder
    3 Sep. 2022
    With The Wonder, Maggie Lou Rader has created an arresting, haunting (pun intended), and engrossing examination of family, grief, and the afterlife. This play is suffused with the supernatural and the atmosphere is immediately eerie, but it never tips over into the ghoulish—because, at its heart, it's the story of how love can transcend even the veil between life and death. I listened to an audio version of this, and I can only imagine how captivating it would be to see live on stage. A great read to ease yourself into spooky season!
  • Rubberneckers
    28 Aug. 2022
    Did I know I needed a play about a gay Florida highway patrol officer and a middle-aged woman on a counter-productive crusade to end rubbernecking on the road to Disney World in my life? Not at all… but I did, and so do you! Hehr loads this script with absurdism and laugh-out-loud funny lines but also layers it with thought-provoking questions about trauma, vigilanteism, voyeurism, capitalism, policing, and much more. This play is so deeply specific to its setting and yet has much to say about life anywhere in America these days. Highly recommended for an offbeat, unexpected read!
  • The Café Mocha Murders
    27 Aug. 2022
    I love a cozy murder mystery AND a metatheatrical spoof, and The Café Mocha Murders is the perfect blend of both… with whipped cream (applied clockwise) on top! This is a great script for a cast of game comedic actors and is sure to be a lighthearted hit with audiences. Grab a big mug of chamomile tea on a rainy night and give this delightful play a read!
  • Appalachian Dove Song
    7 Aug. 2022
    In Appalachian Dove Song, Welles takes a familiar story about growing up queer in a hostile place and renders it tenderly, authentically, and theatrically. I absolutely adore the role Diamond and Soap play in this piece and that they get to become fully realized by the end. With naturalistic dialogue and striking imagery, this play is sure to be beloved by theatres and audiences alike—and will hopefully touch some hearts and minds along the way. Highly recommended!
  • Greater Illinois
    24 Jul. 2022
    Wow. I was absolutely absorbed in this piece from page one. Reading this script in this time, when so many of the events described have either come to pass already or seem imminent and inevitable, filled me with such unease and has served as a timely reminder of all I haven’t done because I wasn’t personally affected in some way. But, at the heart of this piece is the very specific relationships between these characters and how real and complicated they feel. This play needs to be produced literally right now. Highly recommended!

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