Recommended by Asher Wyndham

  • Arlecchino Am Ravenous
    15 Jul. 2015
    Arlecchino of Bergamo is an unforgettable, larger-than-life buffoon. From Heaven to Hell, from auto-cannibalism to clowning, the actor must showcase near madness, an animation and athleticism that is kind of like commedia del'arte to the power of 10. The playwright's logophilia -- the specificity, onomatopoeia and rhythm of Arlecchino's thought-process-in-action -- reminds me of wacky Mac Wellman.
  • The Second Annual Administration Building Takeover And Slumber Party
    15 Jul. 2015
    Hey student actors! Are you disenchanted with academic administration? Then read this comedy, and perform it! This comedy is an intelligent, probing satire and criticism of administrative politics--- and it will certainly ruffle some feathers in administration. Honest, necessary political theatre just right for a daring group of actors. It's a lot of fun, with quick witty dialog. There's a pillow fight!!! The statement on student activism at the end of the play is powerful. There's no play like this.
  • Silueta by Diana Burbano, Tom Shelton and Chris Shelton
    14 Jul. 2015
    SILUETA captures the glory, excitement, suffering (true, imagined, exaggerated), and (shouldn't we admit?) selfishness of being an artist. All that is captured wonderfully by the relationship between a "Primitive" artist and a "Minimalist" artist. Their relationship is intense, sexy, raw, cruel, and (surprisingly) hilarious. They tear each other to pieces, attack each other's artistic visions and ideas like weapons used to vandalize art. By presenting this couple the playwrights make us, the audience, wonder - What does it take to collaborate in a meaningful relationship? Can we admit our selfishness and failures so we can truly love another person?
  • Ask Me Anything
    14 Jul. 2015
    This is an off-your-seat-funny play -- your audience will laugh from beginning to end. Hilarious interview! The playwright does a great job intensifying the play from beginning to end.
  • A Life Enriching Community
    14 Jul. 2015
    I haven't seen these two characters (gay seniors) or this setting (a retirement home) on any stage. The two men are complete characters, each with a distinct personality, voice and desire. Their back story is compelling. This play provides insight into a situation that many gay seniors encounter and makes you wonder what happens when a gay senior finds himself in a retirement community where he feels he doesn't belong... It does help that you have a lover with you, but what if the retirement community --your new home outside the gay community -- doesn't meet your needs? PRODUCE THIS
  • Last Exit
    14 Jul. 2015
    What is compelling about this short play is not that it is a breakup story that we can identify with. Rather it's the heartbreaking, painful insight on any relationship -- that one can prove to another person (a loved one, a friend, etc) your commitment, only to find out that the other person doesn't realize it -- even after several years. See page 6; makes you stop and think...
  • A Very Modern Marriage
    12 Jul. 2015
    HAHAHAHA!!! Jolly knows how to intensify the cray-cray! What starts out as common bickering between a straight married couple turns into something else when the friend Christopher shows up -- a hilarious, almost absurdist comedy in which a couple's trust is tested. Christopher is such a dynamic character - what a great part for any actor. I'm not going to describe any memorable moments for you because I want you to be surprised. Produce this play. Your audience will laugh from beginning to end.
  • Can't Live Without You
    12 Jul. 2015
    Why can't anyone except Donny see Bobby? That question kept me turning the pages. This play is NOT fluff, the stuff of the romance novels Donny writes; it's an intelligent, honest presentation of a common artistic dilemma -- choose an easy life creating art that sells or creating art that matters to you? This dilemma is presented with great theatricality and humor that makes for an engaging entertainment. I enjoyed the Act 2 scene where lovers act out what Donny types -- HILARIOUS!
  • The Veils
    11 Jul. 2015
    Dear Artist. Read this play. Three strong roles for women. The playwright does a fine job creating tension between the sisters, Mel and Harmony, that at times it's like they're in a war zone. The story concept is compelling, and as you read you want to know, Why isn't Mel as excited as her sister Harmony about the bridal dress and the wedding? What's with the dripping sound? What went wrong in Afghanistan? Believable, intensifying dialog; moments of brutal honesty like little explosions; touching moments of sisterhood; shocking cruelty; eerie images; moving revelations -- a thoroughly satisfying read.
  • Fabulous Monsters
    11 Jul. 2015
    Burbano rocks! This play is more than just fun -- it has some great songs -- it's also a compelling story about friendship, lost and renewed. The playwright does a fine job building tension between Slade and Luisa, especially in Scenes 4 and 9 --exceptional playwriting. The play is full of surprises, compelling intimacy, and beautiful lines. Hey, artistic directors, produce this play; actors/directors, get this play produced -- a great play for female actors!

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