Recommended by Asher Wyndham

  • Jigsaw Cactus
    25 Apr. 2017
    Wow! I'm in awe of this play! My hands are in the air, thank you for this powerful play! From the first arresting stage picture to the last, I'm enthralled, fixed on the father-daughter's weird but familiar relationship. The intensity and intimacy reminds me of some moments from Samuel Hunter's plays. The familial relationship and the landscape these characters inhabit remind me of Sam Shepard's work. The not so realistic poetry reminds me of Sheila Callaghan's work. This playwright writes on a micro level, considers the space between characters, hears their breathing. I want to read everything by this playwright.
  • Brian: A Modern Tragedy
    12 Apr. 2017
    One character, one voice? Multiple characters, multiple voices for one character/one actor because the character has a mental illness? Or a multi cast play? Multiple interpretations, different stage presentations are possible. A wonderful challenge for theatre students and professionals. Highly recommended.
  • Horrible: The Mayfly's Life
    1 Apr. 2017
    The most tragic day for a character ever in the history of theatre. Zany. Fun. The Mayfly experiences more tribulation than most characters in short plays.
  • Solstice
    25 Mar. 2017
    A short play on homelessness that packs an emotional punch. A play that really makes you think about those on the streets...those that had homes and jobs but couldn't pay rent. Distinct personalities and voices under ten minutes.
  • Almost There
    24 Mar. 2017
    A silly short play about connection in and outside the virtual world. The development of these two contrasting characters from disconnection to connection in only a few pages is impressive.
  • SOA
    24 Mar. 2017
    A comedy on Trumpism that is perfect in its criticism. Tons of Trump plays have been written--this is one of the best that I've read.
  • Good Grief
    22 Mar. 2017
    Marie's response to a terrorist attack that left her son dead, her grief and guilt --her trauma -- might make you remember your own personal/private trauma or consider your response to tragedy. The play might make you think about our collective/community/national/global response to terrorism and tragedy. Do you have anything in common with Marie? Read this play and find out! Scenes between Marie and her doctor where Virtual Reality therapy is used contains some of Shineman's best writing.
  • MELT
    22 Mar. 2017
    This is an amazing short play for many reasons. It brings to your attention an important issue of climate change. With that issue, it develops the emotional relationship of granddaughter and grandfather, each with a distinct need/desire and back story. That relationship is further developed theatrically with a memorable showdown in the last few pages --a spectacle of lyricism, sound, and imagery. A great challenge for a sound designer. Share this with a sound designer friend--and maybe he/she can get in touch with a director. Contains one of the best stage directions OF ALL TIME!!!
  • Press
    21 Mar. 2017
    Never read a play before with such fierce confrontation in only a few pages. Stanley goes where only a few playwrights go in a short play. She focuses on rape culture and sexual assault in an intensifying plot between brother and sister with dialog that's raw and real.
  • Tiny Baby
    16 Mar. 2017
    This little absurd play should be a lot of fun for readers and audience members. Pfeffinger's zany take on the class reunion may be a head-scratcher--and that's a good thing, yes: the play leaves you wondering...what does that teeny-tiny baby mean?

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