Recommended by Britt A Willis

  • 3 Conversations
    3 Jul. 2018
    A fun one act about lizards, pianos, and tummy-aliens. I'm a sucker for vignettes. In this case the vignettes easily allow each pair of actors to reach their own contained height in scene, but also make my brain start sizzling with the potential connections & themes between the scenes. Easily produceable, hope to see it's onstage somewhere soon!
  • Cricket Woman Mother Earth (or) A Nasty Comeuppance
    1 Jul. 2018
    Cricket Woman Mother Earth explores the anxiety caused by an overwhelming amount of access to terrifying, dehumanizing, and hope-killing news. As some tweet supposedly quoting someone's therapist said: our brains didn't evolve at the same rate as our technology, we are not built to handle this much daily trauma. The best moments in Cricket Woman question our tendency (especially in Trump! Era! Theatre!) to see current events as new, awful developments instead of more of the old, but the womb-horror aspects were a close second for me. More horror theatre, please!
  • Bird Brains Puts The Dog To Sleep
    24 May. 2018
    An unapologetically queer and melancholy play with collage-like dialogue reminiscent of someone trying to describe a dream, or a memory that reminds them of a memory that reminds them of a memory. Bird Brains battle the tangible and intangible people and circumstances killing them and erasing them in a room suspended in time and space, where they can exist and commiserate, 'a bird in flight, twice at once.' So, basically, extremely my shit and very worth the read!
  • Normal Sea
    24 May. 2018
    Luckily I caught a performance of NORMAL SEA at the Capital Fringe Festival that included a wonderful cast and the most DARLING sea lion puppet. The script itself is magical and so so kind. It's always nice to see a play that understands there are no simple protagonists or antagonists in such personal and hard-to-navigate situations. (Also the line "my office doesn’t have Bring Your Aquatic Offspring to Work Day" killed me.)
  • The 1st Annual Head-Shaving Olympics
    24 May. 2018
    A delightful play about gender and expression that battles against any one 'right' way to be queer. It's so refreshing to see a specifically femme non-binary character and the shift from an all-too-realistic evening of misgendering to an internal Olympics of legitimacy immediately had me cackling. Most importantly, it all read so real and so familiar. (Hire trans and nonbinary artists to tell our stories! We tell them best!)
  • Neuteronomy
    24 May. 2018
    NEUTERONOMY is an excellent title AND fun play about bad bosses, the importance of words, and the sanctity of poking fun at traditions. I particularly like the use of ensemble as a montage of an alternative future of Christianity. Have you accepted our Dog and Savior into your heart?
  • Atlas of Mud
    20 Nov. 2017
    ATLAS OF MUD is a dystopian story I can get behind - interested more in the relationships between people in this new world and the new hierarchies they create than being tricky. ATLAS is structurally interesting with dialogue that fluctuates between the natural and poetic. Similarly, there are plenty of opportunities for incredible design and movement. The evacuees emptying their suitcases and release of the birds keep flickering through my mind. A great read I'd love to see on stage!
  • COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES;IN ESSENCE A QUEER & OCCASIONALLY HAZARDOUS EXPLORATION; DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND YOU READ ABOUT SHACKLETON & HOW HE EXPLORED THE ARCTIC?;IMAGINE THE ARCTIC AS A PUSSY & IT’S SORT OF LIKE THAT
    14 Nov. 2017
    I had the opportunity to see COLLECTIVE RAGE at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co in 2016 and am so glad I did; I think back to the production and play fairly regularly. COLLECTIVE RAGE straddles absurdity and surprising realism (I feel like I've met every Betty!), letting each of its characters explore their identities and each other in a collage of hilarious and poignant scenes. And as a non-binary person with a pussy myself, it's refreshing to see a non-binary character on-stage engaging in these discussions too.
  • The Egg-Layers
    16 Oct. 2017
    I'm a sucker for art about process, the meeting of inconsistencies, and things turning into other things and The Egg-Layers does not disappoint! The Egg-Layers explores the origin story of myth and creator, interweaving the Playwright's development with myths' performance/discussion in a way that simply must be performed and viewed live. Simply, this play wouldn't make a better movie. Even the stage directions burst with personality and life. (I particularly liked "So was it awful or sexy or both and is he okay?")
  • Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner
    4 Jul. 2017
    Somehow in the middle of time travel, asteroids, and dinosaurs the most magical part of this piece is the Starlight All Night diner itself - a place I now wish I could visit!

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