Recommended by Sam Affoumado

  • Window (a monologue)
    8 Jul. 2020
    In Mr. Lawing’s Window, Peter, the endearing, self-described, OCD window-cleaner exhibits laser-sharp depth and insight into our new, if only temporary, “normal.” He takes pride in a job well-done and allows himself to delight in the beauty that’s just on the other side of the window. What a buoyant and engaging piece of writing for our time! Bravo.
  • Every Decapitation Serves a Purpose (A Monologue)
    21 Jun. 2020
    What a witty and painfully astute monologue! Imagine an eighth-grader giving a speech to her class that includes a history lesson citing the virtues of public decapitation as a means of getting rid of despots, criminals, and for ending relationships with people who shun you and treat you “as if you were dirt or the scum of the earth.” Part history lesson, part wishful retribution for bad endings to friendships with mean middle-schoolers, Lee Lawing brilliantly captures the angst of his beautifully revealed character, (Tuesday Bugatti). Great material for TYA venues.
    11 Dec. 2019
    I was fortunate to have seen a wonderful production of Carnes’ play, “Permission,” at the International Human Rights Arts Festival in NYC. The confrontational mother/teenage daughter relationship seems familiar until the real motivation for the impasse is revealed. The mother’s fear for her daughter’s safety is so crippling that she won’t allow her daughter to experience the activities which ultimately may empower her. It is a thought-provoking, two-hander that illuminates and enlightens us to the sad realities of our society. Highly recommended.
  • Slicing An Onion
    11 Dec. 2019
    I read Diamond's, "Slicing An Onion," in the morning and was blown away by a performance of it that same evening. (flawlessly directed by the playwright) The monologue touches on themes of xenophobia, gun violence, religious beliefs, faith, compassion, and forgiveness but the protagonist's recollection of a horrific event is crafted with such elegant simplicity and honesty that the reader/viewer is riveted by its powerful message.
    10 Apr. 2019
    “I had the pleasure of seeing Partner Of at the Take Ten Festival in New York. It was the highlight of the evening. After seeing the play, I felt compelled to read the script. Rachel Carnes’ play is a lyrical, reframing of our country’s horrific institution of slavery. Two generations of enslaved women prepare the young Sally Hemings for her inevitable rape by Jefferson. The opening “burn” monologue is a stunning metaphor for the inevitable encounter and its aftermath. Ms. Carnes evokes layers of emotion and provocative imagery with her poetically -styled dialogue. Brilliantly done.”