"Portrayls of soldiers wrecked by war date to the ancient Greeks (see Aeschylus), but Ms. Ryan adeptly reworks the time-tested recipe from a woman's perspective to make it seem fresh again...Briskly written in brief scenes that easily flash back and forth...the subject of sexual assault in the military gives the play weight and merit. Ms. Ryan deftly layers critical incidents that culminate in a forceful climax."
- Michael Sommers, New York Times
LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS
"Ryan's play poignantly and powerfully integrates a personal story with a current world issue. When single mother Christine meets Gabriel, one of the "lost boys" from Sudan, in the produce section of a Pittsburgh Whole Foods where he works, the two form a relationship that changes both their lives. The play avoids easy, feel-good answers in exploring the very different ways that Christine and Gabriel think he should deal with the challenges he faces. As Pittsburgh theater critic Christopher Rawson perceptively observes, "the person who is most truly lost amid middle-class comfort is... Christine... [The play charts] the faltering, one-forward, one-back steps she takes to find her own usefulness and meaning."
-- The American Theater Critics Association, 2012 Francesca Primus Prize.
A CONFLUENCE OF DREAMING
"CONFLUENCE is what we'd call a 9/11 play...it's also about marriage, parenting, cybersex and especially dreams... it's engrossing, perceptive and very very funny.... Carol's rebellion is a hoot, involving some very funny sex scenes, remember this is a master class in turning existential despair into comedy. Leave the young children at home."
Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
DARK PART OF THE FOREST
"Tammy Ryan should have called her new play 'The Dark Part of the Marriage' instead of the DARK PART OF THE FOREST...in the play's potent debut... Joan and Bill's faltering marriage is the main event. What's also intriguing about DARK PART OF THE FOREST is the abundance of fairy tale imagery...Ryan has written no fairy tale, though. She can be grimmer than the Grimm brothers--but just as enigmatically entertaining." Peter Filichia, The Star-Ledger
This poignant coming of age story follows young Maura Conlon through her childhood journey in the 1960s and 70s. Growing up in an Irish-Catholic family, mostly held together by commitment to her youngest brother, Joey, born with Down's syndrome, Maura struggles to find her place in the world. She is fascinated by mysteries, a fascination fed by the elusive world of her FBI agent father. Her dream was to follow his path and crack "the code" that made his world so lusciously impenetrable.
THE MUSIC LESSON
BEST WOMEN'S MONOLOGUES 2007
Excerpts from BABY'S BLUESEdited by D. L. Lepidus
Smith & Kraus (link)
CLASSROOM SCENES AND MONOLOGUES 2005Edited by Kent R. Brown
Excerpts from DARK PART OF THE FOREST and A CONFLUENCE OF DREAMINGDramatic Publishing Company, Inc. 2005 (link)
EVEN MORE MONOLOGUES FOR WOMEN BY WOMENEdited by Tori Haring-Smith (link)
Excerpts from DARK PART OF THE FOREST
MORE MONOLOGUES FOR WOMEN BY WOMENEdited by Tori Haring-Smith (link)
Excerpts from VEGETABLE LOVE
MONOLOGUES FOR WOMEN BY WOMENEdited by Tori Haring-Smith (link)
Excerpts from SOULS ON BOARD
Edited by Deirdra McAfee and BettyJoyce Nash, Lock And Load: Armed Fiction includes Tammy Ryan's essay, The Guns in My Plays.
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