Michael Thomas Tower
Full text of the following plays are available upon request.
- Fall Seasons
James struggles not to be pulled back into the disastrous world of booze by his former lover, Ken. James’ current partner, Daniel, reveals a hidden past, which complicates all decisions. Troubled relationships, addiction, and co-addiction are presented with humor and poignant drama.
Two-Act: 1 hr. 50 min. – 1 set (a messy room)
- The Natural Flights
A story of San Francisco friendships that survive homosexuality, bisexuality, intergenerational relationships, fear of coming out, and bigotry. These people share their love and strength in the face of harsh forces. Anchored in triumph and tragedy; marked with laughter and tears.
Two-Act: 1 hr. 50 min. – 1 set (apartment living room)
- A Certain Unsoundness of Mind
A college professor discovers the true talents of one of his students, and attempts to set the course for the student’s future. The student has a very different set of priorities. A common love of poetry binds them together, and their sexual orientation strengthens their association, however, these are the very elements that fuel their war. Without providing specific answers, this story asks: What is the value of art? What is an artist’s obligation?
One-Act: 30 min. – 1 set (park bench)
2M: 20s, 60+
- The Gift Giver
Just released from prison, Franklin engages Carson, a younger man, for the purpose of sex. As they get acquainted, they develop an appreciation for each other, and, Carson feels, some connection. Hoping to escape his miserable surroundings, Carson asks Franklin if he can leave with him. Franklin, on the other hand, wants just one thing from Carson, something he hasn’t had for a long time; one real kiss. Each has his reasons for not giving the other what he wants.
One-Act: 25 min. – 1 set (shoddy motel room)
2M: 20s, 30s
- The Pull of Paradise
Myrna Jean and Freddie Mae are on the verge of a breakup. They’ve lived in their home at Paradise Point Trailer Park for many, very happy years. Even though Myrna still loves Freddie Mae, she claims that Freddie Mae has done her a grievous wrong, and insists they go their separate ways. Mama, with more wiliness than wisdom, comes up with the solution that may just keep them all together. Comedy.
One-Act: 17 min. – 1 set (rundown trailer house living room)
3F: 30ish, 60+