- From the Top
Aspiring actor Edmund brings his new beau to meet his friends: an established playwright-and-actress straight couple, and his mentor, the gay director Brandon. The welcome Edmound expects is not forthcoming. The same half-hour period is examined from three separate points of view. Secrets are revealed and hearts are both mended, and broken, in this contemporary comedy of manners about the things we keep from the people we love.
Three-Act: no intermission – 1 hr. 30 min. – unit set
4M: 2 in early 20s, 2 in 40s
1F: 40, but looks 30s
Psychologist Margot Wells has decided to leave her philosophy professor husband Philip Embers to explore her feminine potential by becoming a lesbian. Their friend and confidante Brighton Galloway attempts to support both Margot’s journey, as well as Philip’s attempts to get her back.
Two-Act: 2 hours, 15 min. – unit set
3M: early 20s, 40s, 50s
4F: 20s, 30-40s-African-American, 50s, 60
- Perfecting the Kiss
A former stage manager mounts a horrible gay play as a form of self-therapy. During rehearsals, she shows how she fell in love with the playwright, who she swears is not gay despite his crush on a very handsome young actor. The actor has a crush on the female director, who is only doing the play to prove that the other actor in the show really is gay, so she can live with object of his desires. A backstage comedy.
One-Act: 75 min. – unit set
- Shepherd’s Bush
English man-of-letters E. M. Forster fell in love, during his early 50s, with 28-year-old policeman Bob Buckingham. A year into their courtship, Bob succumbed to societal pressures and married a young female nurse. Although greatly upset, Forster must accept the situation, or expose the truth, in this unique tale of romance, friendship, and betrayal.
Two-Act: 2 hours – unit set
3M: late 20s, 2 in 50s
2F: 20s, late 60s-early 70s