Recommended by Steven Strafford

  • Micronation
    21 Aug. 2021
    A fun, fast-paced comic play that really gets to a lot of the undercurrents at play in our world today. Smart, irreverent, with a few turns here and there that are unexpected. Love the use of metaphor without spelling it out for the audience. This play should find homes in short play festivals. Great work!
  • I'll Be Here
    21 Aug. 2021
    A lovely short piece about grief. Getting to have that conversation we all long for and rarely have with our parents is played out here to sweet effect. Also, lovely to see sobriety and queerness woven in without fuss, just as part of a greater narrative in a father/son relationship.
  • Hoax (Short Play)
    21 Aug. 2021
    Something is brewing underneath this conversation, and it ends up being the biggest piece of news one can get. A simple neighborly conversation, the one you want to avoid turns into something much more despairing in this short play that speaks to our world we live in now.
  • what the Gods gave me
    30 May. 2021
    A macabre tale told with humor and energy. Set in a Victorian-era, but using modern language, you'll come for the creepy vibe and stay for the smart examination of feminism and religious dogma. Also..this is the kind of play where the twists have twists and then there's another twist!
  • Abigail, For Now
    27 Feb. 2021
    At turns difficult, touching, funny, and unsettling. This piece asks us to live in an uncomfortable place of not knowing..and I loved that feeling! Hope this play is added to many seasons!
  • Rushing
    27 Feb. 2021
    Looking at rape culture in a way that is harrowing, yes, but also entertaining, Mohlman addresses so many issues that shape our world today, but the play never feels pedantic. It is an exciting read with so much heightened theatricality that I wish I could see this play in person! a wonderful play.
  • Go Like Saints
    4 Jan. 2021
    What would you do if you needed to sacrifice those closest to you for your own safety? Skye Robinson Hillis takes us inside the Red Scare and gives us a fully human portrait of what it means to walk the high road. The dialogue is fast-paced and fun (the whole time I kept hoping I'd get to read it aloud some day) She also centers women (both straight and queer) in Hollywood in a way that feels like an untold story. Highly recommend.
  • How Sweet The Sound
    14 Nov. 2020
    McVay creates a world separate enough from our own to fascinate us, but alike our own enough to be chilling. Gothic horror is the cloak around the very human question, "What would I do if given the chance to sacrifice another for my own good fortune?" I would love to see this world come to life!
  • This is How you Got Me Naked or My Sexy Fairytale
    10 Nov. 2020
    If you want to drop into another world, a world where getting to have sex with that hot boy at the party is the be all and end all, stop into this world of kids who want to have sex and make art, and they're all out of art... Catherine Weingarten has built a world with a language all its own that lives deep in the awkward place between childhood and adult life.
  • A Godawful Small Affair
    10 Oct. 2020
    St. James sets us on a journey which is at once fantastic and mundane. Queer people (and one queer alien god) seek connection to themselves, each other, and to the concept of time itself. It's a sweet trip into the lives of young, queer New Yorkers today.

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