Recommended by Eric Eberwein

  • @thespeedofJake
    26 Apr. 2020
    A taut, absolutely engrossing, and truthful drama about the open wound of grief and the power of hope. Maisel crafts concise and striking scenes that ramp up with thrilling emotional power, and which resolve with a precision characteristic of the finest playwriting. The last scene is the product of a great playwright swinging for the fences and hitting a home run into the parking lot.
  • Magic Box, Evil Eye
    26 Oct. 2019
    A powerful one-act that asks audiences to understand the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. While visiting the Navajo Nation, a photojournalist asks to take pictures of a Dine elder - but on her terms, not his. His message - if you don't respect us, then you have no business telling our stories - resonates long after the play ends.
  • Celtic Knot
    29 Oct. 2018
    A powerful and deeply satisfying play about family lost and family gained. A script that sweeps the audience up in its rich emotions - joy, sadness, regret, and forgiveness.
  • Fabulous Monsters
    13 Sep. 2015
    A terrific work on so many levels. A great chronicle of two young women growing up in the 1970s L.A. punk scene. A great love story between two people who, to reference Dylan, always did feel the same but saw it from a different point of view. A trip back to a sexy, loud, distorted, and dangerous time too few plays have visited. A swift narrative, both funny and touching, that feels so authentic in its look at rock musicians then and now. Read it and you'll want to produce it.
  • Silueta by Diana Burbano, Tom Shelton and Chris Shelton
    13 Sep. 2015
    Did she fall or was she pushed? Silueta examines the tumultuous relationship between the young, provocative feminist sculptor Ana Mendieta (whose work has been rediscovered, reappraised and newly celebrated) and the older, "superstar" minimalist sculptor Carl Andre (whose star was fading in the 1980s). The play offers rich and nuanced roles for two experienced actors, and even if you go in knowing nothing about art or knowing only the controversy over Mendieta's death and Andre's subsequent criminal trial, you will enjoy this examination of their love and passions, concluding with a measure of justice for Ana.