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. Attempting to unite a fractured community under one banner -- or just coordinating a weekly reading night -- leads to fraught and hilarious results.
The Usual Unusual was commissioned by SpeakEasy Stage, and will have a public reading on 21 June, 2019 featuring Steve Auger, Kelly Chick, Dylan Goodman, Krystal Hernandez, Jo Mercado, Hayley Spivey, John Tracey, and Debra Wise -- directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, with dramaturgy by Helen Lewis.