Recommended by Mora V. Harris

  • The Unlawful Abusive Patriarchal Possessive Entitlement of the Motown Sound By Way of the Surrogate Collusion of the Jackson Five (Or, I Want You Back)
    21 Dec. 2020
    A smart and sensitive comedy! To start we meet Sam who is happy to tear apart patriarchal toxicity in pop culture, but when it comes to his own heartbreak finds himself exhibiting all of the behaviors we saw him condemning in the abstract. His lack of self-awareness is flawlessly executed, and it's especially fun to watch realization dawn on him in the opening scene. It's a piece full of fun banter and intellectual posturing on the part of the characters that gives way to a surprisingly tender and irrational-in-the-best way resolution. Read this play!
  • A Series of Inelastic Collisions
    27 May. 2020
    This is the kind of theatrical response to the 2016 election I most want to see! A kind and nuanced portrayal of the current political divides in this country, this play is a funny, thoughtful, and at times truly heartbreaking portrait of a family breaking to mend itself. I can't wait to see it produced!
  • Dark Skinned Pavement
    27 May. 2020
    I saw this play presented as a reading by Throughline Theatre Company and loved it for its wounded, sensitive, FUNNY, and deeply flawed characters. This play has all the ingredients of a classic family drama (think Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry), but with an incredibly modern and thought-provoking take on race, grief, and living with many types of pain. I would love to see a full production!
  • ALMA
    1 Aug. 2018
    ALMA is a stunning play full of easy comfortable dialogue masking a darkness below the surface. I'm still thinking about these deeply compelling characters weeks after my first reading of it. A true gift for talented actors.
  • Lime-A-Rita Racist
    1 Aug. 2018
    Leaning into the complexities of internet culture, Young examines toxic masculinity in a refreshingly blunt way—condemning violence while still managing to make us squirm about our own culpability in normalizing it. LIME-A-RITA RACIST is the kind of play that will start a conversation before audiences have even left the theater.
  • Day of Saturn
    18 May. 2018
    To say Leviticus Jelks has a way with words would be an understatement, but setting the stunning language aside, this play has so much heart. Jelks candidly explores a father's feelings of guilt and regret, as well as a son's burning desire to be a good son while also being himself with so much love for both of the characters.
  • The Saddest Word in the English Language
    26 Apr. 2018
    I love this play.
    The visual poetry of the accumulating ashes, and the spoken poetry of the characters casts a kind of desperately hopeful spell over the audience. Since I read this play in workshop at Carnegie Mellon a few years ago, I have often thought again of the final monologue, and the deeply satisfying way this play ends.
  • I'm Very Online
    26 Apr. 2018
    This play is unsettling in a way that stays with you long after you've experienced it. Exploring the secret lives these characters lead online left me wondering about the people I know. This is a play that asks difficult questions, and sheds light on an aspect of our culture that is increasingly present in our lives but rarely explored onstage.
  • Roguish Machine
    26 Apr. 2018
    I was fortunate to see this play in a workshop production at Carnegie Mellon. With a slam dunk opening scene, the play continues on a visually and emotionally gripping journey. The character of Eliza is especially compelling and the philosophical quandaries of the Luddite movement make for fascinating commentary on today's tech-addicted society. A challenging treat for theatre artists and audience members alike!
  • A Little Thing
    25 Apr. 2018
    The careful attention to detail Henry employs in this play is what makes it so tense and powerful. From the mens' tucked in polos to the sound of the bouncing ball, this play immerses you in a world familiar, suffocating, and uniquely theatrical.