Recommended by Stephanie Alison Walker

  • No Place Like Gandersheim
    18 Jan. 2020
    No Place Like Gandersheim is a riveting story with modern themes, humor and poignancy that surprises and delights. Dement has carefully constructed this time travel play about nuns and women and Hollywood and playwrights and I don't know how she does it, but it all works and is all extremely relatable - both the medieval and the modern story. This is- refreshingly- a play I've never seen before and one I hope to see fully produced.
  • TURNING OVER
    12 Jan. 2020
    Turning Over is a rich, complex and moving story that stays with you long after leaving the theater. Jeanette has woven a beautiful tapestry in this highly theatrical work that fuses video games, war and the emotional battlefields fought at home. It's a play I would love to see come alive- with real and exciting challenges for a crackerjack design team. The timeliness of the issues addressed here demands that it be seen sooner than later.
  • ABIGAIL
    27 Dec. 2019
    The play about the Me Too movement and the entertainment industry that we not only need, but deserve. What I love about ABIGAIL is its layers, humor, extremely well-drawn characters and its surprises. Tuft's writing had me on the edge of my seat-- laughing, squealing, cringing and gasping. I love that it never feels like an "issue play" but it is absolutely so present and now and needed. I especially appreciate the exploration of an artist's responsibility in storytelling as explored through Arthur Miller's Crucible. Produce this! Please. I'm a big fan!
  • The Way North
    4 Nov. 2019
    I saw a reading of The Way North at The Road theatre in Los Angeles and am not at all surprised to see how far this play is going. Tira has crafted a beautiful, poetic and poignant story with such clear place, characters and stakes. I saw the reading months ago, but can still see all the images in my mind. That's what her work does, it evokes specific pictures, settings and people- brings them alive. The Way North is a play for today- about the politics of today, told through the characters with such heart.
  • Rolling
    4 Nov. 2019
    Full disclosure: Deb Hiett is one of my favorite comedic writers and this short piece has her talent on full display. It's so funny and specific - giving a unique view of the behind-the-scenes of a commercial shoot where egos go to thrive unchecked or die of humiliation. Such delicious roles for actors.
  • DESERT SURVIVAL RULES
    10 Sep. 2019
    Packed with humor, wonderful storytelling, feminism, history and self-awareness, DESERT SURVIVAL RULES has an immediacy that is inescapable. It delivers a deliciously imaginative and poignant punch. Fenbert's writing is so vivid that I get thirsty just thinking about this play. This piece is a dream and a marvelous challenge for an actor to sink their teeth into.
  • Visiting Hours
    5 Sep. 2019
    Yet again, Brandli has given us another devastatingly truthful, endlessly entertaining, searingly poetic and dazzling reclamation of a Greek myth. This, like her others, is filled with wonderful roles for women. Visiting Hours is an intensely moving play about mental health and the long and lasting repercussions of abuse. We laugh because Brandli is brilliant at finding the humor in the darkness and we cry because Brandli writes characters that we love and care about immediately.
  • Smelly Shelly
    5 Sep. 2019
    Fantastic short two-hander about the repercussions of bullying. I love how it goes to unexpected places. It's a short piece that accomplishes so much in such a small space. It's suspenseful and dark and funny and daring and has a satisfying ending. A great piece for actors. Would love to see it come to life.
  • Ripped
    5 Aug. 2019
    This play is so important and resonated profoundly with me as a woman. The brilliant structure keeps the audience on the edge of their seat and fully present in each moment. The crisp and real dialogue is so refreshing. Most importantly to me- this play gets at the truth about sexual assault and the experience of being a woman in the world- the fear, the societal conditioning that our bodies are not our own. It does it in a gripping and visceral manner that begs a radical and transformative discussion about consent.
  • MARVEL-OUS MONICA; IN WHICH MONICA LEWINSKY IS A SUPERHERO HELL-BENT ON REVENGE
    18 Mar. 2019
    Somebody please produce this play. It couldn't be more timely and imaginative and inherently theatrical. It's about Monica Lewinsky specifically, but her story reverberates today so strongly. Tuft has crafted a visually compelling and highly entertaining piece that holds us all to account for the horrific public shaming of Monica Lewinsky... and all women. It has us examine how easy it is for our society to scapegoat women. It's a fascinating piece.

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