Recommended by Hope Villanueva

  • The Patient (formerly Henry and the Hippocampus)
    4 Oct. 2018
    It would be easy for a play about mental degradation to too technical and scientific, but Polak's play keeps us tightly with the characters and in their story. Sentimental in just the right doses and jarring as this journey must be, I found myself relating to every one in the story and understanding even their poorest decisions. Delicately and beautifully handled. It also leaves nearly everything to the imagination of the director and designers, so I would love to see this play staged.
  • Exotic America
    31 Mar. 2016
    A fascinating and complex piece about government vs. the people and vice versa, as well as the people vs. themselves, with strong echoes of Orwell's "1984". I will be very interested to see what a director does with the actual staging of this - it offers huge opportunities for creative staging and casting.
  • The Difficult People
    31 Mar. 2016
    This sharply written piece makes clear the state of modern racism, while taking you on a journey that begins in humor and eccentricity before devolving into the ugly state of reality. Dialogue is realistic and moves with great fluidity, and the characters are people we've all met and will relate to. We should be reading pieces like this and producing pieces like this.
  • THE PLATYPODES: A Full-Length Play
    21 Jul. 2015
    Wyndham has created a story of a very personal choice that moves with an exciting pace and a mix of characters not normally thrown into this kind of plot. Allegra has a rich and complexly human life and has to weigh so many things that it seems almost impossible to put herself first. A play about the struggle between what the world thinks you should do and listening to your own truths. A casting challenge, but wonderfully worthwhile piece.