Gay Positive by Norm Reynolds
Set in the early 2000’s, Claudia worries about crossing a line with her students, so she lies and tells them she’s straight. For solace and advice, she reaches out to her colleague Annie. Annie’s trying to be "gay positive" about it; she’s just not positive enough. In the end, Annie's own crossing the line with sex and sexuality catches up with her.
Keywords: LGBTQI2S; education; school; homophobia; 10 minute play
Run time: 10 minutes
Content note: Content includes the topics of homophobia and sexuality.
Suitable for students 14+
Cast size: 3 actors
Female roles: 3
Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming roles: 1
Casting note: The characters can be any adult age.
"An incisive look at the conversations and feelings navigated by queers of many an age, Gay Positive dramatizes the attitudes and anxieties surrounding being transparently yourself in the workplace, particularly within education. Framing the play as a turn-of-the-century tale, Norm Reynolds distinguishes his characters' view points in a way that both humanizes them and prompts audiences to wonder: How far, really, have we come since 2000? Is the law truly on our side? Or will the unwritten rules of self-censure in schools always reign supreme? Thoughtful, stellar work."
- Sam Heyman- New Play Exchange
Cover art by Michael Giacobbe.