Recommended by Daniel Guyton

  • A Common Martyr
    5 Jul. 2015
    6 young friends sit around a campfire drinking. It seems like a set-up for a typical masked killer story. However, the friends all end up metaphorically hacking EACH OTHER into pieces - psychologically, emotionally, and even sexually. The deep wounds revealed over the course of this play kept me fascinated. Relationships are examined and deconstructed, stereotypes are stripped away to reveal the raw humanity buried beneath each character. The monologues are riddled with deep philosophical insight. I found the characters compelling, the reveal of each characters' fears, hopes, and deep philosophical terror of the unknown future to be handled beautifully.
  • A Gulag Mouse
    30 Jun. 2015
    "A Gulag Mouse" is a powerful read - heartbreaking and awe-inspiring. If you need a two-act play with a strong female cast (5 women), and aren't afraid of Russian accents, this is the play for you. A young woman murders her husband in self-defense. Because this is post-WWII Russia, and her husband is a renowned war hero, she gets little sympathy from the courts. She's sentenced to 10 years in a Russian gulag, where she meets four other women - all with distinct and fascinating personalities. The play is at once hopeful, tragic, threatening, scary, and even funny in parts.
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake
    16 Jan. 2015
    I saw a reading of this at the Last Frontier Theatre Festival in Valdez, AK, and it was a SMASH! The audience laughed until it hurt. I videotaped it with her permission, and had trouble holding the camera, I was laughing so hard. Great stuff!

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