Recommended by Toby Malone

  • The Opening
    18 Jun. 2020
    A delightful three-hander about the dangers of trying to control the uncontrollable and the pitfalls of attempting to wrest power from that you do not understand. The banter between Web and Juliana is terrific, and the concept of resurrecting Forgotten for personal gain is a beauty.
  • Divine Intervention
    18 Jun. 2020
    A quirky meditation on those days when it feels like the universe is trying to give you a sign not to follow your dreams... in this case God Himself shows up to remind Beth that she should be prioritizing things aside from her art. Quippy, fast-paced, fun!
  • FUKT
    18 Jun. 2020
    A raw, honest evaluation of how the personas we adopt to replace past selves are not always able to repair the trauma deep down. A one-woman show hijacked by two other earlier versions of the playwright's past, this striking evaluation of the self is theatrical, haunting, and often laugh-out-loud funny.
  • Cake
    18 Jun. 2020
    A charming, funny piece that starts from a humorous tableau of a pair of handcuffed men covered in cake frosting and then proceeds to show us how they got there. A nice glimpse into small-town life and the connections we make.
  • Trick or Treat?
    18 Jun. 2020
    A master-class in raising tension in a short, humorous, chilling piece that never over-explains but keeps the reader always searching for clues. Vivid, relatable characters with strong voices, living heartbreaking truths about the world we live in. This one will stay with me.
  • A Seed
    16 Jun. 2020
    A charming, surprising speculative fiction short, where the innocence of discovery yields hope for a ravaged future.
  • Second Look (10 minute excerpt of SEEING EYE)
    14 Jun. 2020
    Having already enjoyed the full-length 'SEEING EYE', I was happy to see that this scenario exists in another format, in this beautifully self-contained short. This ten-minute play does what all great short plays should do: draws us in quickly, sets up the scenario, and leaves us wanting to hear more. While this does resolve in 'SEEING EYE', it also stands nicely on its own, with its tone of hope, good humor, and familiarity setting Jason and Robbie up as a wonderfully human pair. Read it, then read 'SEEING EYE'!
    14 Jun. 2020
    In a historical moment where the past politics of those who have erected statues comes to the fore, Espinoza is prescient in her approach to university bureaucracy and racial bias. The playwright compellingly explores the act of translating and the challenges adding to a Homeric canon through the lens of the black student's place in the racially-charged environments of higher education. Strong work.
    12 Jun. 2020
    What happens when you break up but you can't move out? TJ Young gives us a typically human take on a lived experience of having to pretend you're a couple for the sake of appearances while nursing the wounds of what they've been through. A quick, fun, vibrant read from a playwright you're all going to know a lot more of in the coming years.
  • Brian the Comet
    12 Jun. 2020
    Ordinarily, you see a one-act play with up to thirty characters, set in a hospital, and one character plays a vending machine, you expect to pass swiftly by. Emily Hageman, however, works with good humor, grace, and sensitivity in crafting a story that is both irreverent and touching, where the crowded ensemble work serves to exacerbate the way Jude is isolated in the world until she finds Brian. Lovely stuff.