Recommended by Jean Koppen

    19 Aug. 2022
    Carnes masterfully juxtaposes the removed political rhetoric with the victim's heartfelt struggle and the physical reality of assault to visceral effect. This play is moving, powerful and extraordinarily relevant. It is about this event and these people, but also about our culture and current reality. This will haunt me.
  • No Place Like Gandersheim
    10 Aug. 2021
    This play is amazingly constructed, entertaining and moving. I loved all three settings and the characters in each. Best of all, it centers on time-spanning issues women have faced and will continue to face in a way that isn't preachy but speaks straight to the heart. Please produce this play because I want to see it!
  • Window on America
    15 Jun. 2021
    I loved the juxtaposition of the interviewer constantly attempting to advertise, while our middle-America protagonist thwarts all attempts to pigeon-hole her experience. She pushes beyond the stereotyped assumptions of the audience and forces us to see a more complicated America.
  • She's Blown Away
    10 Sep. 2020
    The best plays make you feel something. In ten minutes I was taken on a journey I never expected, and felt true affection for these young adults navigating a very adult world. Well-written, timely and heartfelt.
  • Brothers on a Hotel Bed (15 minute play)
    12 Jun. 2020
    I love the dialogue in this piece. The playwright cleverly communicates who these characters are and the nature of their relationships quickly, helping the reading become invested in both of them and their complicated relationship. The drama is high and issues complex. A wonderfully meaty short play for two male actors. The ending packs an emotional punch.
  • The Tenants
    24 Mar. 2020
    This is an excellent play. It begins with an interesting premise, and ends in a surprise twist that left me emotionally gutted. The Tenants stayed with me long after I finished reading it. Bravo!
  • Everything Here Is So Delicious (short)
    19 Mar. 2020
    This play is not for the faint of heart. It cuts straight through you, then comes back through again in case it missed you the first time. Even the stage directions are satirical. Dark, twisted and wildly theatrical, this piece pushes it audience to confront its ugliness with wicked humor.
  • Persephone
    19 Mar. 2020
    This is a touching play on dealing with grief and loss. Inspired by the myth of Persephone, it's contemporary and eternal. This is the best use of theater, connecting us together by the experiences that we share through the story of these four people. At the end I cried and smiled at the same time. I love that.
  • CROSSING THE AMUR: A Third Installment in the Sock Monkey ™ Cycle
    19 Mar. 2020
    Thank you Rachael for creating a play that dips its toe into the worry and fear we all have in such a hilarious, imaginative way! I really care about these two characters and their unconventional relationship. I think this would be fabulous on the stage but also great presented via internet. I can't wait to see what actors and directors make of it!
  • I Hate This (a play without the baby)
    18 Mar. 2020
    This is an absolutely lovely read and I imagine a beautiful play to see performed. It doesn't wallow in the heartache, but guides you lovingly through the sorrow of a man grieving his loss in a real, everyday way. There is pain, but you're not bogged down by it. You are welcomed into it. Wonderfully written and open to creative staging and powerful acting. Most of all, this play is pure, raw heart.