Recommended by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin

  • Bury the Rest
    13 Jan. 2020
    I had the chance to hear a reading of this play at the Kennedy Center Region III conference, and I'm still thinking about it. This is a well-crafted play about not only topical issues but the nature of change itself, populated with memorable characters. I'm excited to see the life that this play has in the future: it's a timely and necessary work.
  • Like Hyacinth Flowers
    24 Aug. 2019
    A beautiful, lyrical myth retelling. We love a happy queer ending!!!! Kaia has done a lovely job with texture, language, and character in her play. The imagery in the work is lush and gorgeous. A stunning play from a writer you'll want to follow.
  • Tinker Rising
    8 Aug. 2019
    A smart, funny, and action-packed queer play! Hollis does a great job pitting good against evil, value systems against each other, and populating this work with dynamic, compelling characters. A fun romp that has something to say. We love a work/life balance narrative filled with superheroes & a lil romance!
  • DREAM HOU$E
    11 Jul. 2019
    A funny, sharp, deep play about families and the cost of gentrification. The playwright has crafted specific, compelling characters and a beautiful environment in the titular hou$e. I love the moments of surrealism in the play and its reality-TV elements serve the play in heightening it. Great roles for 3 female actors-- you'll laugh, your jaw will drop, you might cry, who knows!!
  • Mingus
    12 Jun. 2019
    A stunning two hander-- I couldn't stop reading. The characters are so engrossing: flawed, brilliant, and deep thinkers who end up implementing the theories they discuss through their actions. It's such a pleasure to read a script that flies by like this. I loved all the intricate ways in which the two characters danced around each other (and with each other.) The structure was more than sound, the dialogue was snappy and deep by turns, and the ending was so satisfying. I also loved how the idea of revolution was woven into the plot. Beautiful work!
  • Julio Ain't Goin' Down Like That
    11 Jun. 2019
    A gorgeous, moving play that showcases the beauty in queerness, simultaneously a celebration and an intense call to action. Wonderful opportunities for an ensemble of queer actors (mostly of color!) in this work. Its strong imagery and inventive structure serve the play through a nonlinear telling of a true story. Timely and powerful.
  • The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
    11 Jun. 2019
    This is a memory play, a ghost play, a play about paper sons and the ramifications of immigration policy. A deeply political work but not on the nose, a deeply moving play but not overwrought. Great roles for actors and opportunities for beautiful design moments. On the whole, it's theatrical, accessible, and lyrical. I'm a huge fan.
  • The Book of Mountains and Seas
    11 Jun. 2018
    What a beautiful play about grief and friendship. The script is well laid-out, rhythmic in the way it parses through dialogue. The characters are vivid, the dialogue is snappy, and the premise compelling. The strength of this play lies in its emotional truth as Raymond and Andrew reckon with each other through the man they loved and lost.