Recommended by TJ Young

  • Prometheus Burning: an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
    19 Jul. 2020
    The demands of this play are staggering, requiring an actor of virtuosic skill and physical ability, this adaptation allows for new life to be given to this story. Imagining one actor taking on this piece was astounding in my mind and Rossi does not let the perform(s) off the hook just because the cast will be small. It is smart, swift, and is constantly aware of the weight the source material holds without feeling constrained by it. Fantastic work.
  • The Believer
    18 Jul. 2020
    This fun little play uses a shared lexicon of lyrics, both between characters and the audience, to not only have fun but to imbue humor and history into the relationship. This is a fun and lighthearted story packed with memory and the tension that time can create. Well done!
  • Alcott
    17 Jul. 2020
    This smart and hilarious script is steeped in emotion and exploration of romance on a college campus, what it means to grow toward someone, and a look at what it means to continue to grow without them. The ending is a ton of fun and it forces us to reevaluate everything we have seen before it. Fantastic work.
  • That Midnight Rodeo
    16 Jul. 2020
    Hands down one of my favorite plays in the 10-minute format. I first read this play in 2016 and ever since then it has been stuck in my mind. Price understands the form and leaves us with an ending image that is arresting, full of hope, unanswered questions, and the tension that exists in real-life decisions. There is no easy way out or right answer with this piece, and that is what makes it shine. Fantastic work.
  • Chickens in the Yard
    16 Jul. 2020
    This play packs so much in with an economy of words that is absolutely stunning. The relationships are deep and flawed, and that is what helps make them real. Still, there is a feeling of whimsy and abstraction as the characters are also chickens, moving from those being taken care of to those who are asking to be taken care of. This play is beautiful in its simplicity, but the emotions run extremely deep. Fantastic work.
  • Homecoming '92
    15 Jul. 2020
    This play is packed to the gills in the best way possible. Bavoso keeps us on our toes with his understanding of form and pace. Benji and Ethan have real chemistry on the page and it simmers throughout the entirety of the play. The release at the end of the play is extremely fitting and satisfying. Read this play. What is put in here is purposeful and moving.
  • Unplug
    15 Jul. 2020
    A piece that is filled with heart and takes on one of the hardest choices a person has to make. Having been in the room where this conversation has happened, I could feel the tension and pain as the play built toward what was inevitable. Frandsen has packed a lot into this short piece, and it tugs on the heartstrings in a strong and palpable way.
  • We Were Such Idiots
    14 Jul. 2020
    This short play takes the idea of tension and building stakes and uses it for comedy and to take us on a really unexpected ride. These two characters are lived in, even in such a short amount of time. Because of that, the punch lands that much harder whenever it connects. Solid writing, fun for two actors to explore, and a great piece.
  • Reunion
    14 Jul. 2020
    This play is not afraid to pivot hard and fast, leaving you with emotional whiplash. This play is funny, has heart, and has characters with very strong voices. From the moment of the first line, I knew who they were. It is quick, funny, touching, and would be a blast to see performed. Oh, and the ending? So heartfelt.
  • unquiet American dreams
    13 Jul. 2020
    "We are running out of time" is in the description of the way this should be performed. That singular drive pushes through this with unbridled energy and concern that the effectiveness is only amplified by the economy of words it uses to get the message across. Strong poetic sensibilities infused with current and pertinent topics, this piece is important and if you are looking for a piece to produce easily that is effective, this is it.