Recommended by Peter Anthony Fields

  • CHEESY
    20 May. 2022
    I love to find the deeper or deepest meaning of a work. I found CHEESY by Vivian Lermond to be a clever and witty one-minute play that has a deeper meaning than the one on the surface. CHEESY is a comical telling of what actors and directors face when creating their art. Actors are challenged to find the truth in the words on the page that resonates with them and enables them to perform believably. Directors are challenged to find a way to lead the actors to a place where they can find the truth. Sharply written play.
  • Lady Sings
    2 May. 2022
    LADY SINGS by Rachel Feeny-Williams is a powerful story that reminds us that adults have an incredible amount of influence on young people. As adults, we must be responsible and ensure that we are a *positive* influence. Like the character of Ms. Black, we should never give up on a young person and should be available to give advice and lend a hand even if they say they do not need our help. The characters are well written and became very real to me. Feeny-Williams has a wonderful skill in telling an engaging story with characters you will care about.
  • Cassiopeia
    3 Apr. 2022
    This play is a beautiful story that says no matter who we are, we all deserve to be happy and to be loved. Too often able-bodied and able-minded people treat or think of developmentally impaired people as though they are not capable of having the same kind of experiences and opportunities. CASSIOPEIA is a smartly written play that is full of meaning and intention; it urges us to look at ourselves, our lives, our experiences, and our relationships and asks us if we have the right to deny others happiness. There are lessons to be learned through this wonderful play.
  • Not Getting Old
    25 Mar. 2022
    NOT GETTING OLD by Rachel Feeny-Williams is a terrific monologue for female performers 60+. It is positively optimistic and the takeaway that I got Feeny-Williams delightful 5-minute monologue was that, while our number of trips around the sun is real, we do not have to base our "being" on that number. How we approach and enjoy life is up to us. Growing older doesn't mean we should be silent and disappear. Once again, this is an excellent piece for a 60+ year-old, female actor to showcase an endearing, bright and light-hearted performance.
  • Death’s Child Rides a Skateboard (a monologue)
    24 Feb. 2022
    Lee R. Lawing has written a monologue featuring Death who attempts to keep things organized in his world. This piece has an atmosphere and a humor that is reminiscent to The Addams Family or The Nightmare Before Christmas. There is nothing in the monologue that borrows from either production, but the genius of the writing is how Lawing is able to combine dialogue, imagery, and a dark sense of humor to effectively create a work that resonates at the same tone as the previously mentioned classics. The tag line for this monologue could be: Who knew Death had a Life.
  • SUGAR PIE
    10 Feb. 2022
    SUGAR PIE by Vivian Lermond is a "sweet" ten-minute play that immediately pulled me into the world created by the author. The characters are drawn with a few simple strokes that are so vivid they come to life on the page. I enjoyed the relationship between the two characters and, what I call the "life message" is delivered in an easy, natural, conversational way. The message, as I saw it, is that we don't have to live our lives bogged down by our past actions. We can change the course of our lives and live better and simpler. Bravo.
  • A Lifetime of Adventure
    22 Jan. 2022
    A LIFETIME OF ADVENTURE by Lee R. Lawing is a beautifully written play about lovers, friends, unity and courage. It is also about perspective and understanding. This work asks an important question: When we are members of a group on the outside of the culturally acceptable social sphere, do we have the courage to step into that sphere to support and comfort another and remain true to ourselves despite the potential for ridicule and possible physical violence? It also asks if we judge one another too harshly because we see ourselves shamefully through the eyes of those who hate us.
  • Remember Me
    22 Jan. 2022
    REMEMBER ME is a monologue that pulled me in with a gentle hand and a promise that life will be wonderful. Then it, like life sometimes, begins to turn, showing a darker side. It is haunting and shocking, but never loses that gentleness that the work began with, and that is the key to the strength of the writing. The skill of the playwright to tell of such a painful, destructive moment with an unnervingly, quiet gentleness is superb
  • Remember Me
    22 Jan. 2022
    REMEMBER ME is a monologue that pulled me in with a gentle hand and a promise that life will be wonderful. Then it, like life sometimes, begins to turn, showing a darker side. It is haunting and shocking, but never loses that gentleness that the work began with, and that is the key to the strength of the writing. The skill of the playwright to tell of such a painful, destructive moment with an unnervingly, quiet gentleness is superb
  • GOIN’ BACK TO GOONSVILLE (A Short Spoof on Sappy Seasonal Movies)
    17 Nov. 2021
    This is an exceedingly entertaining script. I love the characters created by Vivian Lermond. They pop off of the page and become absolutely real to me, which is, for myself, the first major test a story must pass. By the end of the story, I wanted more-- that's a good thing. I wanted the story to continue. I wanted to stay with the characters longer and I wanted to get to know them more. Perhaps, if the playwright is so inspired, this story can be expanded into a one act. Lermond skillfully creates a world worthy of a full-length play.

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