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Designed to be performed by and for high school students, ALL OF US raises awareness of the discrimination, hate and violence LGBTQ students face in their schools and communities.
From cities and small towns, suburbs and rural areas, an ensemble of gay teens reveal their stories and the heartbreaking consequences of being marked as different. Nick, from a Southern religious community, 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 grass-roots fight for gay rights. Shea winds up on the streets. Chris, a trans female to male, searches in vain for someone like her and Frank, the lovable gay boy, falls through the cracks. These stories navigate the world of being gay in high school - growing up and coming out - coping with love, hate, violence and hope - as they reveal their inner lives and ask all of us to stand up for their rights. Simple to produce with minimal technical requirements, this play is perfect for any school or organization that cares about fighting discrimination. CAST: 5 men, 5 women, 1 either gender.
ALL of US was first commissioned by QSpeak's talented young performers and its founder and artistic director, A. Beck, in partnership with the Tempe Historical Museum in Tempe, AZ. That version of the play was premiered at Phoenix Theatre Company in 2010
A second iteration of All Of Us was commissioned by Dramatic Publishing in 2011 and premiered at the 2011 Kansas City Fringe Festival featuring the Coterie Theatre's School for Theatre Exploration, directed by Jeff Church and Meghann Henry
Cover Design: Susan Carle, Curtesy of Coterie Theatre, Kansas City, MO.