Recommended by TJ Young

  • Wendy and the Neckbeards
    17 Dec. 2020
    This play is a masterful accomplishment. The subject matter is pointed, never shying away from the true brutality of the ugly parts of humanity it exposes. All of this is done with a great bead on real people and relationships that feel flawed in the way humans are. The Neckbeards are a fantastic device and KBQ demonstrates the deep pain some people who hurt others hold while not excusing their actions. There were moments where my heart was racing, begging my eyes to take in the words faster. It is sharp, witty, purposeful, and incredibly powerful. Spectacular to the end.
  • Kangaroo Boy
    16 Dec. 2020
    The thing I love about this play is that the message is clear, but it is grounded in real characters. It puts into context the struggle for identity that teens wrestle with on multiple levels. Culture and gender shake hands in this caring depiction of two kids navigating the world of bullies and friendship. It also gives voice to the way people treat immigrants as novelties. This is a great play for any TYA group looking to speak to this important subject.
  • Most Likely To Succeed
    8 Dec. 2020
    This play drips with an understanding of what the unsaid can do to people. Given a chance to put words to their past, and in an attempt to chase something that was lost, James and Flynn feel like they are not only formed in the writer's mind but that they are fully formed for each other. The result is a play that touches on the desire to reconnect and reclaim what could have been.
  • Light the Way Back
    12 Oct. 2020
    This play caught me by surprise. Moving and deeply rooted in the "now", it speaks to a future we both hope for and one that we fear. But, at the heart of this play is the enduring power of storytelling and the importance of the medium we function in. This play is laced with sadness and loss while introducing a statement of hope. Beautiful work. This feels like a piece to be performed once we "are back" that will feel triumphant when it is seen.
  • Guardian To Be
    12 Oct. 2020
    A witty and tight story around who is best fit to raise children. The dialogue is quick and the characters are identifiable from the jump. There is humor packed into these pages and it would be so much fun to see this performed. Great work!
  • What Happens At Jock Night
    12 Oct. 2020
    A quick and fun look at the body image issues in the queer community. King quickly rounds out the lives of these individuals while providing us with a simple yet effective commentary. This 10-min play has a great message and would be fantastic in any short-play festival that doesn't mind a bit of skin and a lot of heart.
  • Clasp
    30 Sep. 2020
    There is a simplicity in this play that speaks volumes. It echos the fear and need I felt when reading parts of Angels in America, the frankness and desire for contact I found in Gruesome Playground Injuries, and manages to pull all of this off in a short amount of time and a unique voice. We are in a time in history where this is important. This play captures that time and will serve as a powerful time capsule when this is all over. Read it now. Produce it then. When we can touch again.
  • Lonesome Valley
    7 Aug. 2020
    This play is packed to the gills with tension. What Lord accomplishes in no time at all is a world with history and deep relationship between characters. This play feels even more relevant in these times of deep political unrest. The ending comes at you hard and fast, using the tension of not only the spoken but the silent to fantastic results. Great piece of writing!
  • The King's Legacy
    7 Aug. 2020
    With a book as powerful as the music that is paired with it, The King's Legacy is a fantastic look at the historic and complicated nature of female contributions in history. The songs pair well with the book, both are focused and powerful and create that synergy you want from a musical. The style reminds me of the classic musical theater that I fell in love with, but with a message that is so important and critical to remember today.
  • And the Wisdom to Know the Difference
    28 Jul. 2020
    Both of these characters enter the room very vulnerable and Williams uses that to his advantage in this instance. Their relationship is deep it is displayed not only through the things that are said, but also the things that are unsaid. The final revelation is really touching and the sharing of the pain and healing makes this piece feel complete. Fantastic short play!

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