All of Us
by Laurie Brooks
“…sobering material that packs a punch…a plea for tolerance becomes a nuanced portrait of real life.”
– Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star
How do we combat the current epidemic of prejudice and bullying of gay high school students? One way is to use the power of storytelling to humanize the lives of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender teens. Designed to be performed by and for high school students ALL of Us raises awareness of the discrimination, hatred and violence GLBT students face in their schools and communities. Navigate the treacherous world of being gay in high school – growing up and coming out – coping with love, hate, violence and hope. From cities, small towns, suburbs and rural areas, an ensemble of gay teens reveals their stories and the heartbreaking consequences of being marked as different. Nick, from a southern religious family is sent to straight camp to turn him into an “ex-gay.” Jess, a tomboy looking for love, finds it in an unexpected ally. Justin, from a wealthy family in New York, discovers another America and begins a grassroots fight for gay rights. Shea, who ends up on the streets; Chris, a transgender female to male, searches in vain for someone like her; and Frank, the lovable gay boy who falls through the cracks. These stories reveal the inner lives of GLBT teenagers and ask “all of us” to stand up for their rights. Simple to produce, requiring little to no technical requirements, this powerful play is perfect for any school organization that cares about fighting discrimination.