Recommended by Marj O'Neill-Butler

  • The Way You Say My Name
    23 Nov. 2019
    A romantic farewell; a yearning to stay; will they see each other again? This piece is a dance between the two lovers. The connection between them is palatable. Very French and very romantic.
  • Fable
    10 Nov. 2019
    This play about the making of the musical Gypsy is imaginative and full of historical tidbits about the lives of "Baby" June, Gypsy Rose Lee, Ethel Merman and others. It is cleverly written with flashbacks and and scenes of what might have taken place to get the show up and running. It was particularly interesting to me because a young girl in my dancing school played the original part of Rose and the backend of the cow. The piece easily moves between decades, all the while keeping the story flowing. Very clever piece.
  • Everything But Dead
    6 Oct. 2019
    This is a hard play to watch. I heard it read at the Midwest Dramatists Convention. Silence kills almost as badly as violence. Karissa has lived with a secret all her married life. Now she has a chance to end the relationship, but is being pressured by his relatives to give it more time. Her friend Gina is encouraging her to do what she has to do to free herself from this man. Several twists and turns in this 10 minute play keep the listener raptly involved. An excellent drama in short form.
  • WE THREE 10-minute drama
    22 Jul. 2019
    This piece about high school best friends celebrating their reunion and finally telling secrets is breathtaking. The characters are well drawn and real. The secret is devastating and difficult. In the end, friendship is the thing that binds these three, Heartbreaking, hard and beautiful.
  • THE KITCHEN
    14 Jun. 2019
    All mothers have experienced bits of this true, telling monologue. The feeling of failure. The feeling of love.
    Their annoying children.
  • Miss American Pie
    13 Jun. 2019
    This monologue, about making a pie, is really an interesting lesson about the people who have created this country . There are political overtones without lecturing, a beautiful story about friendship, and the sad aspects of immigration. A fascinating piece of theatre.
  • Ruffles and Me in Space (10-minute)
    28 May. 2019
    I thought as I picked this piece to read, I would know what it was about. But the story of this shooting is told with such empathy, such honesty, that I was unprepared for the ending. The vision of the town made my heart ache. When will it stop?
  • FAMILY BY NUMBERS Award-winning 10-minute drama
    24 May. 2019
    Family By Numbers is a heartrending play about family, their dynamics and the pain of loss when it comes. It is structured differently, but very effectively. A beautiful piece of writing.
  • JANINE: A MONOLOGUE WITH A FANNY-PACK
    24 May. 2019
    A monologue about a sassy young girl who is not afraid to speak up and defend the way she lives her life. It is a fun, information filled piece that would soften the hardest of hearts.

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