Recommended by Arianna Rose

  • 500/501
    24 Apr. 2022
    I had the great pleasure of seeing a reading of 500/501 at the 2022 William Inge Theatre Festival Playlab. Playwright Taylor Sklenar has crafted a touching, wise, funny and serious piece about the cycle of life. You'll come to feel great compassion for the characters and the situation they find themselves in. Though powerless to determine their fate, they do have power over how they approach it. A play about connection, the life cycle, and friendship. Highly recommended.
  • Some Specter
    24 Apr. 2022
    I can give no higher praise than to say I wish I had thought to write this play! I had the great pleasure of seeing a reading of Some Specter at the 2022 William Inge Theatre Festival Playlab. Equal parts laugh-out loud comedy and a serious depiction of survivor's guilt - not an easy task, but playwright John Adams pulls off the feat with great craft and love for his characters. I would happily sit through an extended series of Ben's Sleuths. Would love to see this produced!!
  • Discharged
    24 Apr. 2022
    I had the great pleasure of seeing a reading of DISCHARGED at the 2022 William Inge Theatre Festival Playlab. Playwright Charles Ranum has crafted a gripping, intense, compassionate look at war veterans and the challenges they face with PTSD and coming home. A highly recommended read - and please produce!
  • The Invention of Time
    22 Apr. 2022
    I had the great good luck to see a reading of this play at the 2022 William Inge Theatre Festival Playlab in Independence, Kansas. A gorgeous piece of writing that resonates with authenticity, compassion, and philosophy. It will break your heart and uplift you in the same sentence. Kudos to playwright Franky Gonzalez. He's been winning all the awards and residencies and deservedly so!
  • Habitat
    22 Apr. 2022
    You had me from hamster! I had the good fortune to see Habitat as part of the 2022 William Inge Play Festival Playlab in Independence, Kansas. A sweet, funny, touching play about friendship, gender, and opening up hearts and minds. Playwright Diane Hightower writes with great skill and compassion for her characters. Would LOVE to see this performed in a full production!
  • Gun Story
    21 Apr. 2022
    I had the great pleasure of seeing a reading of Gun Story at the 22nd Annual William Inge Playlab Festival in Kansas. Playwright Karen Saari has expertly crafted a short play that takes us from peals of laughter to stunned silence. Her characters are relatable, flawed, and seeking commonality. Gun Story is about so much more than the title implies. Would love to see a full production.
  • ALIEN FARMER'S WIFE
    3 Apr. 2022
    As someone who has long been fascinated by crop circles, I thoroughly enjoyed playwright Charles Scott Jones' foray into Love, Alien Style. Chock full of laugh-out-loud lines, yet presenting a true conflict in Wilbur's inability to find a mate. The ALIEN FARMER'S WIFE is clever yet speaks truth about courtship and what women want. Playwright Jones had me at "(Peggy tucks his antenna under his hat)". Would love to see this produced!
  • Climbing the Corporate Bladder
    24 Mar. 2022
    Oh my goodness. I really need to go pee now. Playwright John Busser has written a funny, no-holds-barred (literally) satire on the corporate ladder. This would be hysterical to stage and watch. What a hoot!
  • A Tragedy Of Owls
    22 Mar. 2022
    "We are all many things". John Mabey is many things; but for sure he is an accomplished playwright who moves us, educates us and challenges us with his work. A Tragedy of Owls is a story that needed to be told. I will hold these characters in the light and express my gratitude to John for writing about them. Read it, produce it and share their story.
  • An Invocation To His Muse
    18 Mar. 2022
    I can give no higher praise than to say I wish I had written this play. The richness of the dialogue with many brilliant lines; the pathos of the two women, the backdrop of art, muse, the underratedness of women painters, the jealousy of men, the price women pay to stay alive...loneliness. All set against the backdrop of the Automat, and IN the Automat painting. Pure genius. Playwright Aly Kantor is one to read, follow, and savor.

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