Recommended by John Patrick Bray

  • Whisper into the Ground
    4 Oct. 2019
    I love theatre that remembers to be theatrical, embracing the artifice without sacrificing emotional truth. Haller's play is gorgeous and haunting. Furthermore, Haller does not judge her characters; she allows them to find forgiveness, even when their sins weight heavy.
  • VALERIE: A COSPLAY MONOLOGUE
    4 Oct. 2019
    I was fortunate enough to see this monologue performed at the Midwest Dramatists Conference. It was absolutely haunting (expertly performed by Alice Pollack). Someone else called it a visceral experience, and they are one-hundred percent correct. Highly recommended!
  • Turtles and Bulldogs
    6 Feb. 2019
    Full disclosure: I co-edited an anthology for Applause and selected this play for inclusion. Something I love about Sickles's writing is his ability to give us a slice of life, warts and all, without imposing judgement. It would be easy to judge a bully for their deeds. Sickles doesn't. Rather, Sickles allows for growth, and presents a nuanced understanding of youth and those moments we were at our worst (and oh, those missed opportunities) from the other end of the telescope. A wonderful play for festivals and just for the joy of reading.
  • Lucinda's Bed
    13 Oct. 2018
    McCullough has a real gift for blending Realism with the Magic, allowing for humor without falling into sentimentality. Some of the moments in the play will feel *too real* and the magical elements, rather than taking us out of those moments of discomfort, plunges us deeper in, submerging us in the sexual-psychology of the characters in a way that forces us to examine our own without letting us off the hook. I highly recommend this play.
  • Attic
    20 Sep. 2018
    ATTIC is a blend between Symbolism and Realism. It's hauntingly theatrical view of recovery and remorse. There's a feeling that we need to pack some part of ourselves away in a box, with old toys, spiders on the walls, and the hope that our daily rituals will clear the cobwebs from our minds while keeping those parts of us that may be deemed dangerous hidden from view, buried in a room we rarely visit. Guyton's atmospheric one-act play is perfect for colleges and theatres looking to produce one-act plays with style and considerable substance.

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