THE GIFTED PROGRAM
"Carbajal's humor alternates between lacerating and indulgent, and never slackens."
--The New Yorker Magazine
Staff Pick --The Leonard Lopate Show
"Perhaps none of us were recluses in the gifted program, but we can all relate to the issues of adolescence that The Gifted Program evokes so well."
--The Columbia Daily Spectator
At Washington High in the year 1985, four of the school’s smartest and least-popular kids struggle day-to-day, finding escape through basement sessions of Dungeons & Dragons. But when a radio request show turns a private crush public, the simple pursuit of an education becomes a fight for survival.
AMAZON (Fast & Easy)
DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE
(Slower, but supporting playwrights)
*Winner of the Armstrong Atlantic One Act Festival*
*Appears in More Scenes & Monologues from the Best New Plays*
‘…The language is so rich, so deep, and so full of complex emotions that I was in tears by the end.
This play will break your heart, and you will be glad for the experience. Absolutely beautiful.’
--Daniel Guyton (Attic, Hilarious Nightmares)
Ed, a young man adrift in life, moves into a small apartment with Li, his ex-lover. Ed's awkward encounters as a room service waiter punctuate the ambiguous intimacy with his roommate, as their murky past and true feelings slowly come clear. A spare meditation on the indivisibility of love and loss.
AMAZON (Fast & Easy)
(Slower, but supporting the best book store in the known universe)
HOLD & OTHER SHORT PLAYS
"In just 25 minutes, Ruben Carbajal's HOLD is able to make you laugh and think about your life."
Surreal, unflinching and darkly comic, this collection of Ruben Carbajal's award-winning short plays cover everything from the menace of customer service phone calls to visions of a world bereft of books.
In between there's an existential horse, New Yorkers confronting death, morally bankrupt (but comically rich) suburbanites, and a man in a flying lawn chair who may be a hero or a lunatic.
AMAZON (Fast, easy & possibly delivered via drone)
DRAMA BOOKSHOP (Definitely not delivered by drone, but good for the soul)