Recommended by Stephanie Alison Walker

  • BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)
    6 Aug. 2018
    This play is a complete joy. It's feminist AF, so funny and so smartly crafted. The characters and the concept are a delight and I appreciate how Brandli grounds everything in the shared experience of being a woman in the world. It's grounded in truth and pain which is why it's so satisfying. Killer roles too. If I were an actor, I'd get in on this. Oh- and Brandli's mission to reclaim the Greek myths is brilliant.
  • Motherland
    17 Apr. 2018
    This play has all the ingredients-- strong and fully realized characters (each so clearly defined,) a mother/daughter/granddaughter relationship that crackles with so much humanity, lyrical storytelling that flows easily between the past and present, humor (so much humor) that comes from the characters' and the circumstances and many surprises. I felt completely taken care of with Lisa's deft writing. She explores loss, family secrets, emotional inheritance, mental illness, love & forgiveness with skill, poignancy and charm. I loved these women and their stories.
  • The House of the Negro Insane
    22 Mar. 2018
    I saw the very first reading of this play in 2016 and I'm still thinking about it. Someone please produce this play already. The House of the Negro Insane is haunting and powerful with artful and theatrical storytelling. Because this is a Terence Anthony play, the characters are deliciously complex and richly realized. I honestly can't believed it hasn't been snatched up yet. What are you waiting for?! This is a story that needs to be told.
  • Miss Keller Has No Second Book
    1 Jan. 2018
    Complex and lovable characters, humor grounded in truth, a full and tactile world... this play has all of that and Hiett's signature wit. Again, Hiett tackles weighty subjects such as grief and addiction with a deft and surprising hand. It was a joy to read from beginning to end. I just love her characters and these two old broads are wonderful roles for older female actors to play.
  • EIGHT NIGHTS
    11 Dec. 2017
    How does one's trauma get passed down through generations even when actively guarded against such a thing? Similarly, how does resilience born of trauma get handed down subconsciously? Is it possible to move forward without ever looking back? These are the questions that Maisel asks in her stunning play, Eight Nights. This play is brilliantly constructed, effortlessly engaging (thanks to Maisel's wonderful character work and poetry,) and heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Timely. Yes. So timely. World premiere this beauty now.
  • TEACH
    22 Sep. 2017
    Teach is an utterly fascinating and fresh take on teacher-student sexual harassment and power dynamics in the classroom and the world of academia. Hoke kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the play and I found my opinion on the characters and situation shifting again and again. The gender fluid construct of the play is a stroke of genius and something I'm now dying to see on stage.
  • The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!
    13 Sep. 2017
    Deb Hiett has a gift for writing side-splitting humor that also finds a way to punch you in the gut. Her work is hilarious, imaginative, specific, truthful and complex. The Super Variety Match Bonus Round! represents all of that in one fantastic ride. I fell in love with these characters and didn't want to stop watching them. It's a beautiful piece about grief and much more and should be produced widely.
  • Medusa's Song
    19 Jul. 2017
    This two-hander is a beast that absolutely must be seen and performed all over this nation- especially in colleges. The subject is so important. I saw the first reading of it and was on the edge of my seat, barely breathing from start to end. It's intense and deftly written. I love Brandli's use of the Medusa myth and the brazen theatricality and the ferocity of the female character. I don't want to give too much away. This play breathes fire.
  • THE GOOD MINISTER FROM HARARE
    27 Apr. 2017
    This is a beautiful and important play. I was immediately drawn in by the characters and premise and as it went on, my heart got pulled in more and more until it broke at the end. Carryl has a gift for blending the naturalistic and the theatrical. I appreciated the depth the moments of magical realism add to the play and would love to see it fully-realized in a production.
  • Hazardous Materials
    22 Feb. 2017
    I had the pleasure of seeing Hazardous Materials at the Ashland New Play Festival in 2016. It has everything going for it- expert storytelling, fully-realized characters who you just want to keep watching on stage, an incredibly fascinating premise with characters not often seen on stage, mystery, history, suspense and deep, haunting emotion that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until the end. I can't say enough about this beautiful play. And as a woman, I especially appreciate the dynamic female characters.

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