Recommended by John Perovich

  • The Oz Chronicles
    15 Jan. 2020
    A wild, imaginative ride back into the land of Oz with one of the baddiest, baddies--the evil witch Mombi! Maticic's play does what any great adaptation of Baum's world should do--it reminds us of the wonderful whimsy of Oz, its bizarre and endearing inhabitants, and the peculiar magic that exists within the beloved children's classic. If you're a theatre looking for stage combat opportunities and incredible design possibilities, all while paying homage to an American classic--look no further than THE OZ CHRONICLES.
  • A Life Assembled (10-min short)
    15 Jan. 2020
    The piece presents the grandiose artist Louise Nevelson—as large in spirit as the works she created. At her side, friend and art dealer Martha Jackson—a pragmatic realist that counters Nevelson's feisty relentlessness. In 10 minutes, Shineman not only teaches us a great deal about Nevelson's art, but also about the important professional (and perhaps spiritual) relationship between the two women. At times confrontational and fiery and at other times poetic and reflective, Shineman takes us on an entertaining and enlightening journey.
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake
    15 Jan. 2020
    I've had a huge crush on this play since I saw a reading of it at Mid-America Theatre Conference (I think that's where it was?). Anyways...WOW! The language is gorgeous, unpredictable, and simultaneously hilarious and moving. I'm always amazed when writers go inside moments—fleeting moments...moments that would only occur for a brief while—and!—as is the case here, Weingarten allows us to go inside a beautiful, intimate moment between friends and live in the wonderful fireworks of their experience. A poetic, delicious, and sweet adventure.
  • Accident on 80
    15 Jan. 2020
    Tense and poignant insight into (what my Dad would call) rubberneckers—those drivers fascinated by car accidents. Osmundsen takes it further to not only show a dark fascination with accidents, but also how the characters' arrogance (perhaps our collective arrogance?) perpetuates the cycle of distracted driving. An uneasy story that keeps you guessing, ACCIDENT ON 80 is a dark, cautionary satire.
  • You Can't Say That!
    10 Jan. 2020
    Downs and Wright provide a crisp, sharp, and biting comedy that covers a lot of ground on how divided we are as a nation. The play focuses on a wide-range of identities and labels that demonstrate how difficult it is to navigate language in an attempt to connect authentically with others. With a surprising, unpredictable structure and style—and a moving resolution—You Can't Say That! is a story for our time.
  • You Can't Say That! (Politically Incorrect Comedy)
    5 Jan. 2020
    Downs and Wright provide a crisp, sharp, and biting comedy that covers a lot of ground on how divided we are as a nation. The play focuses on a wide-range of identities and labels that demonstrate how difficult it is to navigate language in an attempt to connect authentically with others. With a surprising, unpredictable structure and style—and a moving resolution—You Can't Say That! is a story for our time.
  • Wolves of Sherwood(Sherwood Cycle #2)
    30 May. 2019
    (insert wolf howl) I was fortunate to direct the premiere of this awesome, action-packed, politically thrilling, spiritual sequel to Robin Hood. There's lots to play with for directors, actors, and designers—which increases the appeal of an already engaging script. Theaters looking for a fresh story set in the world of Sherwood Forest with new characters—both charming and threatening—should definitely check out Chelsea's intricate, fun, and surprising play! Also, Chelsea is a wonderful collaborator!