Recommended by Ava Love Hanna

  • sixteen17
    10 Feb. 2023
    In sixteen17, Jason Rainey offers us a rich comedy centered on a mother/daughter relationship.
    The dialogue is funny, smart, and fast paced and offers the audience a glimpse into the imperfect relationship between Dena and Cass. As Cass both celebrates getting Dena to this personally significant milestone birthday and remarks how quickly the years have flown by, Rainey offers us a beautifully flawed and relatable character who embodies the duality of parenting – when will this end? / Is it already over? I had the privilege of producing this script for the Stories Found podcast and it's an audience favorite.
  • The Purple One
    9 Feb. 2023
    In The Purple One, Maggie Gallant offers us a creative, absurd, and absolutely hilarious comedy. It features fast paced, witty dialogue that is not only deeply funny, but manages to remain coherent despite the interweaving of the conversation threads between Dylan and Lil and Dylan and Auber-Gene. Lil’s inability to see or hear Auber-Gene offers the audience a glimpse into the inherent dysfunction in her relationship with Dylan while also offering opportunities for hysterical physical comedy. I had the privilege to see this play performed and it was a crowd favorite from start to finish.
  • Be Batman
    9 Feb. 2023
    Be Batman is a playful look at the one of the most unexpected difficulties of parenting – dealing with other parents at the playground. Two contrasting mothering styles offer a familiar tension, and the witty dialogue keeps the script moving. May’s calmness contrasts nicely against Lea’s rigidity and her conversations with “Batman” are endearing. I applaud the playwright’s instinct to not punish the uptight Lea, but to let the more experienced May offer some mothering to the young mother. A deeply funny and heartwarming script.
  • Conversation Hearts
    9 Feb. 2023
    In Conversation Hearts, Willow McLaughlin offers us a hilarious and creative Valentine’s Day play. It begins with a familiar structure – someone waiting for the beginning of an awkward blind date – but is quickly upended by the addition of a likable, offbeat foil. Violet, and her candy heart antics, not only adds a fun element to the play, but offers us the needed contrast to Carrie’s aloofness. The use of the titular conversation hearts are a unique and fun way to move the story forward and propel it towards its satisfying ending.
  • The Interview (radio version)
    1 Feb. 2023
    The Interview by Mark Harvey Levine is a spectacular comedy. It’s funny, smart, and filled with layers of perfectly balanced humor. The premise – a job interview during a zombie apocalypse – is so well developed that it feels realistic and acts as the perfect metaphor for how most people feel during job interviews – nervous, scared, and a little desperate. Allowing the job interview to continue even after Janice from HR’s “transition” adds an unexpected and deeply funny twist. I had the honor of producing this script for the Stories Found podcast and it is an audience favorite.
  • Snickerdoodles and Disco
    1 Feb. 2023
    In Snickerdoodles and Disco, Max Langert gives us a hilarious, smart comedy that’s reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass. A winning combination of surreal physical comedy (each character moves like their chess piece) and snappy, witty dialogue helps keep the rapid pace of the play even as the characters ponder their fates. The titular disco dancing hits at exactly the right moment and helps to further heighten the physical hilarity. All of that combined with a satisfying ending ensures that this script will be an audience favorite.
  • The Experience
    31 Jan. 2023
    Clinton’s plays are always fun, and The Experience is no exception. He presents the audience with a solid set-up – a couple on an anniversary date to a restaurant – and quickly upends their expectations in this surreal comedy. He combines witty wordplay with physical comedy and even manages to add in a touching moment or two (the pork chop nostalgia was an excellent addition) to create a fast paced, but solid play that’s sure to offer a crowd pleasing ‘experience’ for all.
  • Rent-A-Stiff
    31 Jan. 2023
    In Rent-A-Stiff, Fred Tacon offers us a dark comedy with a unique and hilarious premise – rentable corpses. The script features crisp dialogue, loads of puns, and an amazing jingle that not only enhances the script, but gets stuck in your head. I still find myself randomly humming it. I had the privilege of producing Rent-A-Stiff for the Stories Found podcast and it’s one of our most popular episodes. This script is perfect for audio or stage performances and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser at Halloween or any time of year.
  • Coyote Makes the World
    31 Jan. 2023
    In Coyote Makes the World, Greg Romero offers the audience more than a play, he offers them an opportunity to become part of the story. This script is part interactive comedy show, part parable, part dance party, and part earnest drama that focuses on the trans experience. It manages to be hilarious, poignant, and fun all at once, and most importantly, it offers the audience an opportunity to celebrate trans joy. I was honored to witness this production several times and at every performance the audience was moved by Phyllis’ plight and then joyfully celebrated with her at the end.
  • Uncertain Egg-Town
    28 Jan. 2023
    If you’re looking for a surreal animal-based comedy flavored by German Expressionism (and you should be!) look no further than Uncertain Egg-Town. Suzan brilliantly crafts a world in which two hens take the audience on a journey filled with naivete, an uneven friendship, and an intense competition for an unworthy rooster’s affection. What appears to be a simple comedy contains just enough discomfort to offer several layers of deep and meaningful content – and just when the audience realizes that -- they're hit with the shocking, albeit fitting, ending. An original and creative script.