Recommended by Audrey Lang

  • The Virtuous Fall of the Girls from Our Lady of Sorrows
    21 Dec. 2020
    Some plays leap off the page in a way that reminds you, especially right now, that they are meant to be performed live, on a stage. "The Virtuous Fall of the Girls from Our Lady of Sorrows" is one of those plays. It's an exhilarating, vibrant, heartbreaking, thought-provoking read that makes me yearn to SEE it in the best way. Each character is fully rendered and even those who at first glance might be less deserving of grace are still given it, without letting them off the hook either. A play I will definitely come back to again and again!
  • Jawbone
    30 Nov. 2020
    I was so lucky to take part in The Workshop Theater's Fall 2020 writers' group with Isabella Waldron and witness a step in the development of JAWBONE! From the start, I was so deeply taken with this play and the way it lets three young women be so real and true, while simultaneously making its magical world entirely believable for audience members or readers. JAWBONE tells a painful but engaging story of sexual assault and coming of age as a young woman. I can't wait to see where it goes next!
  • FUKT
    27 Oct. 2020
    FUKT is the kind of play that makes you feel less alone. It's hard to say something that hasn't already been said in its many recommendations, but it feels important to me after reading such an extraordinary piece as this one, to say something. FUKT is a story of honesty and compassion, including with and for yourself, when those things are most difficult to offer. As these three versions of one woman learn how to be less alone together, so do I.
  • Soon, Again, Not Yet
    3 Oct. 2020
    I had the opportunity to see Aaliyah Warrington's incredible play SOON, AGAIN, NOT YET performed via Zoom in the 2020 IC New Play Incubator. This play packs a punch, depicting a Black woman in science and how she struggles with her past, present, and future. Even over Zoom, the power of Warrington's words, story, and well-drawn characters were apparent.
  • Geomancer
    26 Sep. 2020
    "Geomancer" is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at real people and real events that I know I learned little if anything about in school, with a complex layering of science, politics, history, and emotions. It's the sort of play you want to read again, both to gain new insights and to re-experience the journey that Lum has created.
  • The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood
    30 Aug. 2020
    I feel as though I could spent countless more hours just listening in on Rockwell's characters--that's how real and how interesting they are. The time I spent with them while reading "The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood" was painful and beautiful, moving and heartfelt, and truly human and nuanced: qualities that are missing in so many stories of teenage girls, but are incredibly well-done in this play. I would love to see these characters take life in production!
  • Do This In Memory of Me
    17 Aug. 2020
    A touching, humorous play about a girl dealing with grief, loss, and smashing the patriarchy in her own way. "Do This In Memory of Me" feels simultaneously irreverent but also the most reverent--a contradiction that deepens Genevieve's complex story even further. An exciting, powerful, and powerfully theatrical journey!
  • The Feast of All Saints
    15 Aug. 2020
    This story of a complicated family includes deliciously creepy scares and deliciously authentic relationships. A fun read—but I’d love even more to see it produced and watch this exciting play come to life onstage!
    24 Jul. 2020
    Nick Malakhow has a way of revealing humanity when he writes, and this play is no exception to that. Every character has such a depth and you want to keep spending time with them, even as you cringe when they hurt each other. I love this honest look at teenage characters, which doesn’t judge them, and takes them all as people in an extraordinary way.
  • GRIT (formerly "What They Think We Are")
    1 Jul. 2020
    A powerful look at race, sexual orientation, and isolation in a privileged school setting. I love that as present as the white, privileged voices around Sasha and Raymond are via text messages, they are the two characters whose story is placed centrally (as they are the only two characters we see or hear from directly onstage). This conveys a clear and direct sense of the environment they are living and learning in while giving the reader or audience a focused look at their specific pain and loneliness in a world where they are the "others."