I've had the privilege of developing a play for SpeakEasy Stage this year through their commission program "the Boston Project". I'm really very proud of the result; The Usual Unusual my most ambitious and personal work, and has involved input from tons of artists and community members who have lent their perspectives and questions about the premise of queer community. I'm very excited to share it publicly at a reading on Friday, 21 June @ 6pm in Deane Hall at the BCA (reservation link here.)
Synopsis: The Usual Unusual is a scrappy and quaint bookstore where Boston's LGBTQ+ community has gathered to shop, organize, and flirt since the 70's. When the store's charismatic founder Pete announces his retirement, neurotic staff-member Charlie persuades him to pass leadership on, rather than close the store. Generational disputes about identity, community, and trauma arise as the staff-members advocate for competing visions for the store's future. The attempts of one bookstore to unite a fractured community under one banner -- or just coordinate a weekly reading night -- lead to fraught and hilarious results.
The reading includes Steve Auger, Kelly Chick, Dylan Goodman, Krystal Hernandez, Jo Mercado, Hayley Spivey, John Tracey, and Debra Wise -- and is directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, with dramaturgy by Helen Lewis.