Recommended by John Mabey

  • Tree Hugs
    17 Jun. 2022
    The balance between nature and humanity is often precarious. And with the personification of trees in TREE HUGS, we discover a relationship with nature that seems to transcend time itself with comedic and poignant implications for everyone involved. Well done!
  • Almost Mary
    7 Apr. 2022
    Dusty cliffs and dinosaur bones make for an exciting and poignant play, especially in the hands of Claudia Haas. In ALMOST MARY, Haas introduces us to real-life fossil hunter Mary Anning. A pioneering palaeontologist, we meet her here as a child and explore the ways in which an excavation of her own life influences her later career. With the incorporation of song and a chorus, this play offers so many amazingly creative opportunities for production as well.
  • Come Find Me
    3 Apr. 2022
    I knew I had to read this play as soon as I read the description. Christine Foster writes characters with an incredible amount of life and realism, especially when the story itself is mysterious and enigmatic. In COME FIND ME, we meet two women who are complex in their attitudes and relationship, each wanting something from the other that is slowly revealed in exciting and thrilling ways. With the addition of dialogue that sometimes reads like poetry, this is a play sure to captivate from start to finish.
  • The Rule of Three
    23 Mar. 2022
    In THE RULE OF THREE, Debbie Lamedman begins with a very funny and relatable premise that slowly takes a deliciously darker but comedic turn. The dialogue is fast and sharp with staging opportunities that would be a delight for directors and production teams. Great not just for Halloween but any time of year when a little witchy wisdom is in order.
  • Mother's Day
    23 Mar. 2022
    This play holds an especially special place in our current times of reconnecting with the world and each other. As mother and daughter spend Mother's Day together, we learn so much about not only their histories but their changing connection to each other. John Minigan has an incredible way of finding the unique relationships between objects, people, and places and in MOTHER'S DAY he brings together these elements for an entertaining and deeply symbolic play.
  • Come Away
    23 Mar. 2022
    Every moment in this taut drama is earned as Christine Foster takes us through a relationship with many levels between mother and daughter. In COME AWAY, Christine uses both an experimental approach and grounded dialogue to explore the choices that we make and ways of saying goodbye. The addition of fairytales heightens the tension as well and allows us to consider whose truth to follow.
  • Puzzle Piece
    23 Mar. 2022
    In PUZZLE PIECE, Ken Preuss has crafted such a special play about love and romance but most importantly about connection. In the metaphor about puzzle pieces, the two couples on stage discover what fits and what doesn't in their relationships. And in a beautifully experimental way, Ken centers the idea of a missing piece into such a surprising and satisfying ending.
  • Sugar
    22 Mar. 2022
    There are certain plays that captivate you from start to finish, and SUGAR by Jennifer O'Grady will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a deep sense of urgency as two women speak through a door, the stakes incredibly high, and every moment is precious. Jennifer writes both characters with profound understanding and elevates the subtext of their conversation with coded language and insight. A brave and powerful piece that deserved to be staged again and again.
  • Ahavah
    22 Mar. 2022
    There is so much to love in the play, AHAVAH. Co-authors Dana Hall and David Lipschutz take us on a comedic and poignant journey of love and faith beyond the grave. And along the way, we're introduced to characters who wrestle with their own grief to a place of renewed understanding and connection. Well done!
  • Ahavah
    22 Mar. 2022
    There is so much to love in the play, AHAVAH. Co-authors Dana Hall and David Lipschutz take us on a comedic and poignant journey of love and faith beyond the grave. And along the way, we're introduced to characters who wrestle with their own grief to a place of renewed understanding and connection. Well done!

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