Recommended by Gretchen Suarez-Pena

  • Headaches
    21 Feb. 2022
    This script is so full of subtext and it's an actor's delight. So rich for those wanting to really take a deep dive into heartbreak. It's heartbreakingly delightful - facing the one you don't want to face...and then the hope of allowing yourself to continue to face them. Brave and delightful.
  • The Wendy House
    14 Sep. 2021
    I had the privilege of seeing the world premiere of The Wendy House at the Lab Theater Project in Tampa. This dark play with the familiar backdrop of Peter Pan will leave you guessing and invested in characters that are so incredibly real even when they're just in your imagination. I was deeply moved as I'm sure you will be.
  • APEX PREDATOR
    11 Aug. 2021
    The stakes are high. The air is tense. I barely breathed while reading it. The poignancy of the piece comes from what isn't said. An honest review of toxic masculinity. It's sobering and intense. This piece should be done everywhere!
  • SIGN HERE FOR ALL THAT REMAINS
    10 Aug. 2021
    I love it when the best of humanity comes out in a play - just two humans connecting and empathizing. What a beautifully vulnerable piece. It renews my hope that people everywhere do care for one another even when life and death is being delivered in a truck that is run by online orders. Puts a smile on my face.
  • THIRTY DAYS HATH SEPTEMBER - a monologue
    10 Aug. 2021
    Heartbreakingly accurate to what was 2020 and 2021. This is a formative time for our students. Beautifully written and a great monologue for a student who wishes to express their frustration.
  • A VERY STABLE GENIUS (Co-written with Sharai Bohannon, Ben Brinkley, Diana Burbano, Greg Burdick and Jordan Elizabeth Henry)
    10 Aug. 2021
    Hilarious! Absurd in the best way! The best satire ever! Believe me, it's gonna be yuuuuuge! Two bear paws up!
  • WHEN THE EARTH MOVES, WE DANCE
    13 Jul. 2021
    Riveting! Epic! Amazing! And that's an understatement. Reading it was invigorating because it kept me going. It gave me life in new ways. I was propelled along with the poetry, comedy, sincerity, and poignant dialogue that Nelson is just so perfect at bringing to the table. As a fellow Puerto Rican, it made me laugh and cry and I felt my insides boil over. I cannot emphasize how much I loved it. The visual elements of this piece alone are a director's, light designers', and scene designers' dream. The dialogue is rich for exploration and will have actors salivating.
  • MAKE IT KNOWN - Monologue
    8 Feb. 2021
    Speckman has contributed her footprint to The 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project's "Women in Theatre" Monologue Collection. This project is wonderful and Ms. Speckman has given us a view into the importance of why we need to know who all of these amazing women are! Elizabeth Wong would be proud! Make it known loud and proud! This piece is perfect for a high school student looking to step into the light with a thought-provoking and fun monologue.
  • ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE (from the MAD FOR MYSTERY Collection)
    22 Jul. 2020
    What a twist! Be careful who you trust! This ten-minute piece is a fun one for those wanting to spike a punchline. Twistedly wrong in all the right ways.
  • When the Cat's Away
    22 Jul. 2020
    As a Puerto Rican female, I appreciate this historic and cultural take on a time and place. A lovely piece on choosing life and choosing to move at a time when fear paralyzes.

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