Recommended by Ramona Rose King

  • The Five Impediments
    14 May. 2022
    In a short, tight timeframe, Amelia has created a complex portrait of how gender, race, and power (social and political) intersect throughout one’s lifetime. There are layers of meaning to be explored, and it invites conversation. An excellent addition to an evening of one-acts!
  • The Amphibians
    5 May. 2021
    I'm always excited by plays that address the climate crisis—I don't think there are enough of them—and this one does so from a very personal, character-driven place, which I find very effective. I also love the juxtaposition of this magical, surreal creature inserted into an otherwise totally realistic play, and there's a lot of theatrical potential—I could see this working in a really bare-bones way (perhaps having the creature represented purely by sound and lighting effects), or in a full-scale production, with an amazing puppet.
  • Hartford, Or: A Hellish Haven for Exceptionally Strong Quirky Lesbian Sexual Trauma Survivors
    23 Nov. 2020
    Despite its relatively quick runtime, this play makes a real impact. Babyface quickly brings us into her mind and her world, where dark, knowing humor covers trauma—at least at first. A searing, engaging look at life in our patriarchal society, HARTFORD sparks rich conversations and is a strong programming choice for anyone serving a teen, college-aged, or adult audience.
  • John Proctor is the Villain
    23 Sep. 2020
    Joining the chorus of readers singing the praises of this script. I was laughing and cringing in recognition, and incredibly moved by the end. Kimberly captures the rhythms of teenage girls' speech and the nuances of their relationships beautifully. Read this play, produce this play, teach this play in high school English classes instead of (or at least in conversation with) THE CRUCIBLE.
  • The Mementi Mori of Edward Gorey
    16 Sep. 2020
    This is such a formally exciting piece—it's a joy to read but truly begs to be performed. Each vignette is a treat in itself, and they all come together to create a complex, melancholy, and gorgeous portrait of an artist. As someone who isn't particularly a Gorey fan, it was still accessible and interesting, but I'm sure anyone who is more familiar with his work would find even more layers of meaning and fun facts.
  • Mommy Dances With The Devil
    11 Apr. 2020
    This script is a blast—a clever, theatrical comedy. I love that it deals with the challenges parents of very young children face—since this is often such a private time in people's lives, there aren't a lot of honest theatrical representations of it. This play does that, with delicious comedic roles for women and magic!
  • not-for-profit (or the equity, diversity and inclusion play)
    15 Dec. 2019
    The theatrical take-down of the non-profit industrial complex you didn't know you needed!! This is a savagely funny, highly entertaining play set in a heightened but (to many of us, I'm sure) all too familiar world.
  • Rock Egg Spoon
    11 Nov. 2019
    This play is sprawling, raw, and thrilling. It asks huge questions and gives no easy answers. I love it!
  • The Kind Ones
    11 Nov. 2019
    A tight, dark page-turner. I love how this very compact play manages to raise huge questions about morality and identity.
  • BlueShift
    9 Nov. 2019
    This beautiful play is a theatrical, mind-bending love story. It really drives home the fact that the scariest thing to be haunted by is yourself—your past and your potential future(s).