Recommended by Matt Minnicino

  • Refuge
    4 Jun. 2019
    The quietness of this play speaks volumes. On the surface a parable for immigration, Andrew's play swells and grows into a grand, elegiac poem about connection, loss, family, fear, freedom, blame, and ultimately humanity. Its world is crafted with the utmost artistry, every smell and sight and sound popping off the page -- fitting in a play that is so much about the places we call home, places we try to make home, and memories of home we carry with us.
    4 Jun. 2019
    Who could see this play and not sing (muse) its praises! Homeridae makes dancing across huge oceans of tone, language, theme, and time look easy. Its central thesis, a racial and cultural reclamation of academia and of ancient beauty that's been subsumed by the Ivory Tower, is so refreshing and startling, a welcome jolt to inherited sensibilities. This is a story about finding your voice in your past, present, and future, carved with humor that smashes barriers and characters that bulge to bursting with life and ideas. What can I say but: do this play.
  • Alma Baya
    4 Jun. 2019
    The tautness of this play is sensational. Edward's world is not indulgent in the least, but built like a thrilling, intricate machine of inter-relationship and ratcheting tension. An audience might draw a million and one provocative meanings from Alma Baya, which is part of its beauty -- it plays your imagination like a piano. Edward's play is a master-class and brilliant primer on how to create sci-fi for the stage, how to inject genre theatre with humanizing themes, naturalism, and delightful theatricality that won't break the bank. A play I can't wait to see staged.
  • Walden
    4 Jun. 2019
    Walden is one of those rare plays that is both cosmically huge and refreshingly small at once, displaying an easy-going complexity of ideas and relationships that invest you deeply in both its world and its characters. The central bond, between two sisters who can't leave each other's orbit but are lightyears apart, is riveting and funny and sad and visceral and a whole lot of other adjectives that render them sink-your-teeth-in roles for any pair of actresses. And the story swirling around them, of how we move on from the world or save it, is (pun intended) totally stellar.
  • The Resurrectionist
    4 Jun. 2019
    Golly I like this play! We don't get a lot of Love Stories that are content to be Love Stories, plays whose conflict is not buttressed by genre cliches but instead driven simply by the restless, sad, yearning hearts of its characters. The Resurrectionist is not the least bit ashamed of its black-comic absurdity and monster-movie tropes, but deeply invests those elements with heart and soul. This is a play about wanting someone to reach out and touch, realized with tons of brisk humor and quiet, careful intimacy. A balm for the nerdy, needy, loving soul.
  • Brisé
    4 Jun. 2019
    There is a delicacy to this play that is so exquisite -- structurally it feels like watching the lifespan of a flower, first blossoming, then wilting, but then a new bloom emerging. Brisé finds with ease and grace the intimate details which populate our memory, how we take those for granted, how much it would hurt to lose them. But hardly a doom-and-gloom piece, Ian's play is a remarkably hopeful carpe diem of a story, exhorting and exulting and exciting its audience to hold onto both the things we love and the things we have a hard time loving.
  • feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me]
    2 Jul. 2018
    Amy's plays are a genre-smashing kaleidoscope of tone and form and character and this strange brilliant rave/fever-dream is no exception. It was my pleasure to be witness to its evolution, and I can't recommend it enough. It's jam-packed with perfectly-executed contradictions: joyous morbidity, shallow depths, magical postmodernism -- all while skewering traditional storytelling and plunging us deep into an exciting, scary cyber-pantheon of gods and snakes and everything else you could imagine.
  • The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
    3 Jun. 2018
    After a reading of this play, I was drunk on the world Jessica creates to sustain the considerable radius of her ideas, themes, the empathy she has for her characters. This story creates a community in its audience, swept along in a narrative that manages to be an education, a ghost story, a history lesson, a family drama, a generational parable, and a sneakily raucous comedy when it wants to be. It's drawn sensitively but without sentiment, magically without being twee or oblique. It's a miraculous thing and I'm thrilled to see it widely produced, as it surely will be.
  • Big Bad
    3 Jun. 2018
    A remarkable, visceral reclamation of fable. I adore this play, in its effortless tightrope-walking between the language of fairy tale and sensitively-managed, fully-felt themes of female anger, trauma, violence, and the choices we make to sustain, protect, or empower ourselves in a world that gives no outlet to do any of those things. I can't wait to see Katherine's spell cast on audiences -- magic with a tremendous capacity to heal through the examination of past and pain and to give ferocious voice to those struggling to find theirs.
  • Endlings
    1 May. 2018
    I can't wait for this play to storm the ramparts of modern theatre -- it's just one piece of evidence of Celine's particular brand of genius, but it's a deeper dive (pun intended) into the impossible task of self-examination that all artists wade through, done without the usual helpings of narcissism or self-absorption. Instead, it's delicious and delirious and full of fun, fantasy, longing, and more meta than you could throw a stick at (in the best possible ways). Celine skewers the genre of "playwrights who write about themselves" and, at the same time, makes the world her oyster.