Recommended by Adam Richter

  • LOVE AND OTHER AILMENTS
    13 Apr. 2021
    Love may conquer all, but cynicism makes a strong showing in this witty two-hander. William tries to warn his future son-in-law of the pitfalls of marriage — like a wife who won't buy her own cereal! — but to no avail, While he tries to argue that marriage is about making a million little sacrifices, William reveals that the secret to a happy one is accepting that all those sacrifices are worth it.
  • SUGAR PIE
    12 Apr. 2021
    A delightful two-hander about strangers who meet and form a bond. Vivian Lermond gives us two rich, likable characters in Willie and Ida, teasing us with just enough of their backstories to know that they've each lived a hard life and could just use a friend. Luckily, they found each other.
  • Under Cover of Darkness By the Light of the Moon, or "Nobody Was Supposed To Be Here" A Tale of the Pacific Northwest
    12 Apr. 2021
    What do you get when you cross a mafia hit man, a Sasquatch and a bunch of pagans? That is one of the eternal questions, and at long last Scott Sickles gives us the answer: A musical extravaganza!
    This play, whose title is longer than the entirety of dialogue, is a fun and twisted nonspoken piece that gives the actors lots of room to get creative with physical movement. It was a delight to read and would be a treat to see live onstage.
  • The Ring
    11 Apr. 2021
    Diana Burbano's play is a heartbreaking elegy to the victims of senseless gun violence (is there any other kind?) and the holes they leave in the lives of the survivors. This is a beautiful and powerful short play that needs to be seen.
  • That Midnight Rodeo
    10 Apr. 2021
    This play is filled with fine dramatic moments as it presents the complex issue of abortion — and specifically what it means to young couples just starting out — in a nuanced and compelling way. This would be a great addition to any short play festival.
  • Gone Fishin' on a Cloudy Day
    7 Apr. 2021
    This play has great dialogue and is a terrific portrayal of grief after the death of a father. The play has its lighter moments but when she ratchets up the dramatic tension, that's when I was on the edge of my seat. Fantastic short play.
  • Best Friend Territory
    31 Mar. 2021
    Sometimes a best friend will help you bury a body, but Gabi is not that kind of best friend. Which is good, because despite what Rene wants, that's not the kind of friend she needs right now. This short play is a delightful and funny comedy of friendship that calls for some really clever staging. This would be great for any short-play festival.
  • Proof of Monsters (A Bigfoot Play)
    30 Mar. 2021
    "Proof of Monsters" shows us why people are attracted to fringe beliefs and how tightly, and tragically, they cling to said beliefs even when proven wrong. Ruben Carbajal gives us a richly layered, tense drama in a few pages. Excellent work!
  • Which Way to the Beach
    30 Mar. 2021
    Philip Middelton Williams messes with your expectations perfectly in this laugh-out-loud funny play about mistaken identity. George and Marjorie are endearing as the fish-out-of-water Midwestern couple in South Beach, and the surprising reveal at the play's climax is a fantastic twist. This would be a hoot to stage.
  • Second Kisses
    30 Mar. 2021
    Ah, young lust. Matthew Weaver captures that early relationship bliss, when all you want to do is kiss your partner and never stop. This is a sweet and joyful slice of adolescent life.

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