Recommended by Arthur M Jolly

  • I've Never Been Catcalled
    1 Oct. 2022
    A fun and funny play - but with some wonderful depth to the characters, and a glimpse into a larger world sure to provoke discussion in the audience afterwards. Lines like "Don’t downplay your experiences just because you don’t think they fit some required standard" resonate.
  • Somewhere In Between (or) The Ghost of Molly Malone
    26 Aug. 2022
    I saw the production of this play some twenty years ago in San Francisco - and still remember it vividly. It's an amazing play - and well worth bringing back! Simple staging, a lively challenge for a smaller cast playing multiple characters - and lyrical, poetic language that brings the different worlds to life, flitting backwards and forwards between centuries. Any audience members who don't know the song of Molly Malone will know it by the end - and the haunting story of "the tart with the cart"!
  • The Wedding Recessional I Imagine My Parents Had in 1971 (2 minutes)
    15 Jul. 2022
    Dark humor? Deep tragedy? This wonderfully insightful play skates that line - but for me, in spite of its funny moments, it resonates much more profoundly with the tragic side - a two minute glimpse into a suffocating marriage that will drag on for years. This says so much about a patriarchal society, family expectations and stoic resignation in the face of them... and does so with a deft touch.
  • Frida Liberada, a play with music
    5 Jul. 2022
    Beautifully written, this play captures and dramatizes the artistic urge to revel in life and share wide the sheer joy of existence - in spite of - maybe because of - the pain and hardships along the way.
  • So Close, Yet
    1 Jul. 2022
    Beautifully written, utterly relatable - such a simple request between cousins, and encompassing so much history, so much meaning, so much well-crafted back story... an excellent play which I hope will be performed in high schools around the country. They need it.
  • Sundown Town
    22 Jun. 2022
    I saw the reading at the Valdez Theatre Conference, and it brought tears to my eyes. This is a powerful, important, brilliant piece of work. The sexual tension between the two characters - and the use of that connection as a deflection and as a coping mechanism - is nuanced and as multi-faceted as a diamond. The analogies - of America as a sundown town; of holding in a scream while gas fills a building... stunning. This play needs to be produced.
  • Radio Ghosts
    22 Jun. 2022
    Greg Romero has such a distinctive voice as a writer - and in this collaboration with soundscape designer Mike Vernusky, Romero has once again achieved something haunting, compelling and original - a theatrical experience unlike any other writer out there.
    I saw it at the Valdez Theatre Conference, with the sound design playing, which adds so much. For theatres looking for something immersive for your audience - read this play.
  • The Lottery Winner
    19 Jun. 2022
    A brilliant, dystopian vision of a future where the economically disenfranchised denizens of a homeless camp struggle for their survival, their place in the world, and their human dignity. It might be loosely based on Persuasion, but it is a deeply original, fascinating version. I saw the reading at the Valdez theatre conference, and it was mesmerizing. Well worth a read!
  • Treachery Island: A Serial Play
    19 Jun. 2022
    A delightfully imaginative series of short plays as the cast of a Survivor-style reality show are faced with actual survival after a cataclysm ends civilization. I was lucky enough to see a reading of the first three episodes at the Valdez Theatre Conference - very funny for reality TV diehard fans and un-observers alike!
  • Natchetochez
    19 Jun. 2022
    I was privileged to see the reading at the Valdez Theatre Conference - such a powerful play, a true Southern Gothic, raising questions of inherited violence, and the intersection of school/church shootings, toxic masculinity and the enduring legacy of racism.
    This play tackles big questions, and does so extremely well - while portraying a fascinating, dysfunctional family that won't soon be forgotten, as they wrestle with the question of what their son might have to do with a shooting - and whether to finally cut down the "hanging tree" that has stood on their property for far too long.