Recommended by Franky D. Gonzalez

  • Calling Puerto Rico
    26 Jun. 2020
    CALLING PUERTO RICO is a richly human work.

    It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. God, it will make you cry. It will grab you with its beautiful characters, with all their flaws, and all their spirit, and they will wring your soul until you feel drained of everything.

    And yet you will still feel, despite all the trials you'll go through in this work, the peace at the coquí sound and radio static.

    Read the play. Better yet, to all the Latinx theatres out there. Produce this play.
  • The Venetians
    25 Jun. 2020
    Barbot has connected the worlds of Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and the Merchant of Venice together to create commentaries that critique the Bard, our society, and an exploration of what it means to assimilate when one has been othered. Barbot's writing blends the Bard's own language into this new take on familiar characters that will make you laugh and cry. There are heartbreaking moments in this play that any minority in this society has gone through in some form. I've never felt so seen by Shakespeare's characters till reading this play.
  • Five Boys on the Beach
    2 Jun. 2020
    There's an almost mythological quality to this story. As though I read an early story of the birth of love, of camaraderie, of jealousy, heartbreak, and violence. You see it moving. You feel the flow. There's a beauty to the understated direction, but you see it all unfold. A lovely, delicate piece from Matthew Weaver.
  • Safe Haven: A Video Call Play
    23 May. 2020
    Deeply unsettling, wildly realistic, and mesmerizing to read. Deb Hiett has created a play that fits perfectly into the world of Zoom Theatre. Playwrights need to take note of this taut thriller. The subtle shifts in power dynamic here are masterfully done. As soon as you realize one thing, it’s too late. Amazing work.
    11 May. 2020
    David Davila creates a wondrous exploration of Latinx identity from the perspectives of class, immigration, sides of the law enforcement equation, religion, spirituality, mental health, language, gender, and, yes, even fertility. To say that AZTEC PIRATES & THE INEQUITY OF SACRIFICE is sweeping and large as the history of Latinx people in the United States of America is an understatement. A marvel of a play that continues to give with each new scene and each new read. A truly breathtaking piece.
  • Do You Get It
    11 May. 2020
    It's easy to lose the individual among so many casualties. In this monologue Philip MIddleton Williams reminds us with with heartbreaking honesty of the individuals and what loss, not only families, but entire communities face when they lose even one person to the horrors of war. War is Hell, and this monologue shows that Hell is not just a battlefield where soldiers fall. It's the empty spaces left behind by those who'll never come home.
  • The Sweater
    11 May. 2020
    The best comedies can get their point across in a few pages. Kevin King knows how to write these kinds of comedies. You feel like you know everyone in this play, and even with its dash of absurdity, there's even some truth to it. If such a scenario were to happen, of course it would be at Starbucks. A great gem of a play.
  • What the Dinosaurs Said
    11 May. 2020
    There's a lot said in so very few lines in this one-minute play by Larry Rinkel. You hear the realism and universality of the conversation (many of us have had versions of this conversation or moments from this conversation with our loved ones. But at the same time there is a specificity to both characters that makes you wanting to know more about both characters' circumstances in this new pandemic affected world.
  • Good Vibrations
    26 Apr. 2020
    There's much that gets unpacked in this playlet by the increasingly prolific Philip Middleton Williams, not the least of which is the exploration of bigotry and and narrow-minded actions by those who are both in perspective and in self, stuck in the past. To see bigotry so casually displayed and passed off as "beliefs" show the insidious ways in which people justify a worldview that seeks to oppress and police how one lives their life, but it wouldn't be a Philip Middleton Williams play without humor and his trademark punchline that collapses the bigot's message. A great short piece.
  • Wolves At The Door
    17 Apr. 2020
    An intense, heart-wrenching look at the aftermath of gun violence that reminds you that tragedy continues long after the tragic event. Ali MacLean creates a play that will fill you with outrage, empathy, sadness, and eventual hope. A moving and beautiful play that speaks humanity into an issue that's devolved into impersonal partisan bickering.