The Coming Out Play Festival 2019

Coming Out

We all come out, in way or another. Nine plays explore the coming out experience.

October 17-20, 2019
The Monocle

“…quality of the contributions was uniformly high…remarkable freshness…”
-Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky, Two on the Aisle

stage managed by Emily Ann Fluchel
lighting design by Jim Robert
board operators – Jim Robert and Tom Pini
photography by Elizabeth Rajchart
graphic design by Kai Kiefer

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THE PLAYS

THE HOME FOR RETIRED CANADIAN GIRLFRIENDS

What happens when the people we create to hide our true selves get to live lives of their own? Tiffany is about to find out… but she’s gotta get through a very enthusiastic Orientation Coordinator first.

by John Bavoso
directed by Ashley Downs

Rupert – George Napper
Tiffany – Rachel Bailey

CATCHING LEMONS

Matthew has been in the closet for as long as he can remember, but when his grandmother’s dementia takes a turn for the worse, he realizes how little time he has left to tell her what he has never told anyone before.

by Michael Pisaturo
directed by Darrious Varner

Matthew – Ron Weiss
Rose – Carmen García

BABY DYKE WHISPERER

Betty is on her first date with a woman and trying her best to figure out her sexuality.
Fortunately for her, she’s on a date with Erin, The Baby Dyke Whisperer. This play explores LGBT culture, figuring out one’s sexuality, and the complicated relationship queer women have with the word ‘dyke.’

by Amber Palmer
directed by Sean Michael

Erin – Lauren Dobbs
Betty – Rachel Bailey

LIKE SUMMER ON THE BEACH

A woman, disgusted with her boyfriend and attracted to a new woman, comes out to her women’s group.

by Martha Patterson
directed by Ashley Downs

Meg – Lilian Claire Dodenhoff

THE MAN IN A LAVENDER SUIT

This is a short play about four women at a séance.

by Irene L. Pynn
directed by Janine Norman

Vanessa – Rachel Bailey
Johanna – Lauren Dobbs
Piper – Jennifer Perez
Emma – Cameron Pille
The Man in a Lavendar Suit – George Napper

PARENT/CHILD

A seemingly ordinary trip to the mall becomes something much more. A subtle drama about family and maybe more importantly, unconditional love—something we all crave and the luckiest of us get.

by Winston Stilwell
directed by Sean Michael

Parent – Carmen García
Child – Holly Conor

SECOND LOOK

Two men, each with walls of their own, strike up a conversation in front of a gay bar. Jason, who is completely blind, is anxious that his disability will make him an unappealing partner, while Robbie is too self-deprecating and self-conscious to exist in what he perceives to be an image-driven bar scene. Jason and Robbie connect over feeling subjected to preconceived notions in their daily lives, and find comfort in one another’s abilities to push past first impressions.

by Nick Malakhow
directed by Darrious Varner

Jason – George Napper
Robbie – Kelvin Urday

NESHAMA

Sam is struggling to become a Bat Mitzvah, but is struggling with greater questions of self. What does it mean to “become a woman” when that label feels all wrong?

by Charlie Meyers
directed by Janine Norman

Sam – Sarah Ratcliff
Jake – Ron Weiss
Zayde – Carmen García

THAT PERFECT KISS

Prince Charming and Cinderella attend the same ball looking for a love connection. When they finally find it, it’s not at all what they expected. The Prince’s Advisor and twin sister join in on the fun. Will everyone find their happily ever after?

lyrics by Lee Ehmke
music by Holly Barber
directed by Sean Michael
music direction by Holly Barber
guitar accompaniment by Holly Barber and Buddy Shumaker

Prince – Kelvin Urday
Cinderella – Cameron Pille
Advisor – Matthew Kauzlarich
Sister/Princess – Rachel Bailey