Harry, a painter, invites a young model, Eli, to pose for him. Harry’s attraction to Eli disturbs both Harry’s longtime partner Georgie and Eli’s boyfriend Freddie. Shared concerns spark a friendship between Georgie and Freddie. The play is a comedy which draws on the parallels and contrasts between the older, intellectual, academic, artistic couple, and the young, working class couple.
A modern, gay re-telling of the Pygmalion story that explores the dynamics of relationships, and touches on themes such as love, loyalty, infidelity, marriage, class and art.
One act: 110 minutes
4M: two early 20s, two middle-age
- The Lavender Railroad
The play — in two parts — is set in a dystopian world in which homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. The parts mirror each other (science and faith; male and female) as they address common themes of hope and redemption in the face of impossible moral choices.
Part 1 – “Safe House”
A gay fugitive, Sebastian, has been rescued by a mysterious older man who calls himself “Mother Courage.” Sebastian is a brilliant mathematician whose research holds the key to topple the totalitarian government. Mother Courage offers him passage on a “Lavender Railroad,” if he shares his knowledge with the government opposition, but Sebastian fears betrayal.
Part 2 – “Ex Cathedra”
A nun working for the Papal Nuncio in Japan is called to meet with a security commander and is surprised to find she is a former lover. The commander claims she is seeking refuge from her own government via the “Lavender Railroad,” which she suspects is operated by the Catholic Church. As they reflect on their shared past, and choices made since then, the nun must trust the commander’s sincerity, or be ensnared in a disastrous trap.
Two One-Acts: each 40 min.
2M: 20s, 50s