Recommended by Stephanie Alison Walker

  • 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.
  • The Adventures of Skater Girl
    28 Apr. 2015
    Here's the thing about Trina Kakacek's "Adventures of Skater Girl," there is no other play like it. None that I've experienced. It's incredibly imaginative and full of delicious language, imagery and heart. Somebody please produce it so I can see it come alive.
  • BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)
    20 Apr. 2015
    From the very beginning, BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) has me leaning in and excited for the story Jami has to tell. These women are so compelling and delicious to watch. What I most appreciate that is on full display here is Jami's talent to mine the common tragedy for humor. It's such a powerful take on the women experience and though it is set in the sixties, it is tragically relatable today.
  • The Gun Show
    9 Apr. 2015
    Raw and unsettling in the very best way. This play is deeply effecting and incredibly powerful. In The Gun Show, Ellen bravely shares five true gun stories from her life as a way to reclaim the conversation about guns that has been hijacked by the extremes. This piece is fierce and human and punctuated with Ellen's humor… it should be produced everywhere. Not only is it an incredible vehicle for a strong actor, our country needs it.
  • The Patient (aka Henry and the Hippocampus)
    9 Apr. 2015
    Henry and the Hippocampus is a play that stimulates the mind and squeezes the heart. Polak takes us inside Henry's brain in an attempt to experience what it's like to be incapable of creating new memories and the result is heartbreaking. I so appreciate the beauty of the language and the rich characterization of these people who end up caught in and around Henry's mind. The play illuminates the intense power and importance that memory plays in our lives and the ache that arises in its absence.

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