Recommended by Franky Gonzalez

  • 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.
  • AZTEC PIRATES & THE INEQUITY OF SACRIFICE
    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 - A Monologue
    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.
  • Legacy Land
    17 Apr. 2020
    This play is like receiving a wave of emotions all at once. You're left trying to navigate everything you've taken in and can't come to anything remotely close to the peace you had before experiencing LEGACY LAND. Masterfully written and pulsing with so much heart and soul. Stacey Rose is at the absolute top of her game with this play. It dives deeply into the heart of abuse and generational trauma. It will make you laugh and cry and make you go back to re-read parts with new eyes after revelations are laid bare. A magnificent play. A marvel.
  • Une Comédie Française
    17 Apr. 2020
    A hilarious period piece that may as well belong to today's modern times. Garrett Bell's Une Comédie Française utilizes so many of the hallmarks of farce and comedy that is both familiar yet refreshing. Most striking (and frankly astounding) about this play is how it is both hilarious and serious at once. You feel equal measures sympathy and schadenfreude at what happens to everyone here. Definitely a play that will be appreciated by period piece lovers and fans of more modern theatre.
  • Between the Surf and the Stars (a monologue)
    10 Apr. 2020
    Scott Sickles presents some of the absolute best meditations on the human condition in the most interesting of circumstances. In this monologue we're taken with Benton deeper and deeper into a love story that becomes more complicated with each passing memory. A dynamite monologue that unfolds with the grace of a flower. It strikes both humor and poignancy in equal measure. Sickles is in total command of his craft here.

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