- Brothers’ Boys © 2011
During the 60s, with the Vietnam War and domestic civil unrest as dramatic backdrops, a Midwest Catholic high school staffed by the order of De La Salle Brothers has two men who are lovers, one of whom is a sexual abuser of youth. The play contains humor as well as pathos, and ends on both tragic and uplifting notes.
The play will resonate with educators, Catholics, gays, and anyone who has ever suffered at the hands of someone bigger, stronger or meaner. There is no overt sexual activity portrayed, however, it is clearly suggested.
Four-Act – 2 hours: 9 minimal sets
5 or 6M – 14-17, late 20s, mid 40s
1 or 2F – 17, 50s
- For the Love of Mike
Based on a true story, this three-act play with music and song takes a gay man on a lengthy and problematic journey through a flawed social service system and an overburdened Midwestern juvenile court to gain legal custody of his mentally ill sister’s child. Toxic, conflicted familial relationships underscore a genuine but gossamer bond between mother and son, the unexpected joy of fatherhood for a man unrehearsed but born to parent. Over a period of nine years, this man and this boy successfully nurture a family of two at the bitter expense and sabotage of a chronically unfit mother. A bewildering but appropriate twist brings the play to a poignant conclusion.
Act – time
6M – ages 4, 8, 12, 30s
3F – 20s, 40s