Recommended by TJ Young

  • The Ashen Crown
    22 Jun. 2020
    A rich world filled with powerful women and political intrigue. The symbolism throughout the piece is fantastic. So is the theatricality. The play would not only be extremely fun for actors (the language is heightened yet approachable), the descriptions and use of audio and visuals would be a feast for designers as well. That is one of the strengths of this script. It takes all aspects into consideration when building the world, letting us get lost in the conflict and entranced by the characters. Fantastic work.
  • Not Really (Little Star)
    22 Jun. 2020
    This piece, leaning on the lyrical nature of thought and the meaning of a simple repeated phrase, is one of the most intense things I have read in years. Compact but with a mighty punch, it makes me want to act again. Why? Because it is what every writer strives for at least once; a raw manifestation of emotion. This thing hums at the edges with the poetry that can be imbued in everyday language. The pain, fear, logic, complexity, and intimate nature of the pain are all tangible. It's powerful. It's real. It's everything theater strives to be.
  • Trick or Treat?
    17 Jun. 2020
    I got to see this performed a few years back at the Fade2Black festival. I don't want to give anything way, but the setup of this play is everything. It is funny, touching, and the end if completely chilling. Looking for a short and powerful piece? This is it.
  • Queen Of
    16 Jun. 2020
    Tyler's manipulation of time and location are punctuated by the speed in which he pulls us through them. There is something exciting about the contemporary transitions matched with the heightened language of these characters. But, don't let that scare you. In fact, it is approachable and covered with wit and a smart turn-of-phrase. This may be an early draft, but it doesn't shy away from the power women both assumed and were denied in their time. I am excited to see how this piece moves forward as it is developed.
  • Norma's Rest
    15 Jun. 2020
    This play is something special. Set in a place where differences are often seen as reasons to separate, Morille weaves a beautiful tale that exposes the humanity in all people. Filled with his unique southern tone and sharp wit and humor, these characters are alive and carrying with them an important message of inclusion and chosen family. This play tackles racism, religious bigotry, addiction, the power of money, and the need to fight for those people who are important to you. I love this play.
  • Verboten
    14 Jun. 2020
    I have had the pleasure of seeing the script evolve. Rossi takes on one of the most notable times in history and gives us a script that is full of heart, creativity, and music. There is joy mixed in with the pain, and it results in a heartwrenching climax. The fight for freedom is in the hearts and hands of the youth. Tyler creates characters that embody that idea, along with the idea of survival, while still helping them find way to let the rebellion continue when they feel the fight has been lost.
    14 Jun. 2020
    In a world full of conventional love stories, SEEING EYE stands out. Not only for the concept but for its strong sense of character. The relationships are fully realized and the interactions are engaging. From the first conversation between Robbie and Jason, I was hooked. I'm convinced you will be too. Don't overlook this script when looking. This is a loving look at relationships and the creation of new ones. Give it a go. Very strong piece.
    14 Jun. 2020
    From the jump, there is this exploration of black bodies in academic spaces. An adaptation for the contemporary audiences and actors, this piece moves along with heart and an exploration of the parts of academia that often go unnoticed or spoken about. Oh, and it's funny! That is always a plus. Great work, give it a read!
  • Ador'd Once, Too
    8 Jun. 2020
    Ador'd Once, Too is one of those scripts that gives an opportunity for a lot of actors to shine. It is rich with references that lovers of Twelth Night will appreciate while forging its own path. The little threads that might have been one line in Shakespeare's script have been pulled into fully fleshed characters and plots here. The life of Sir Andrew becomes more fleshed out and rounded with this addition and his budding love is a joy to watch. Sir Toby is especially fun here. This is a great world-expanding extension to a classic and loved story.
  • 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)
    1 Jun. 2020
    There is always a tricky task in pointing out problematic aspects of pop culture without sounding didactic. This piece accomplishes that task by doing what every great script does - leans on fantastic characters. I laughed out loud at Sam's spiral into the very thing he seems to rally against initially. It's poignant in that way. The characters are flawed, like us, and live in their contradictions in a way that makes us think while chuckling. This play is filled with energy, fantastic monologues, and a truth about one of our favorite songs that we have glossed over. Read it!