In our 23rd season, BUA presents a collection of plays about people finding their place and reflecting on how they arrived there. A solitary woman displaced by wind and water, a young man turning time back on what brought him his chosen family, universally recognized cultural icon facing his truth, a one-time mother seeking answers from a past she rejected, ten or eleven quick glimpses of GLBT life right now, and a couple rattled by the arrival of an estranged sister and her precocious daughter.
Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire by Mark Sam Rosenthal, returns this September after its smash run this past Spring. Designed and directed by Todd Warfield and featuring a tour de force solo performance by Jimmy Janowski.
September 19-27, Main Street Cabaret.
- From the ruins of a city brought to devastation by a storm off the Gulf of Mexico emerges a woman separated from everyone she has known, having lost nearly everything she ever had. In her quest for relief, she encounters the hopelessness of governmental indifference and the desperation of starting over again. Through several rounds of relocation and disappointments, she maintains her ultimate belief in the kindness of strangers.
The Homosexuals by Philip Dawkins, directed by Javier Bustillos.
October 24 – November 15, Alleyway Main Stage.
- In a story that begins where it ends and ends where it begins, Evan is a 30 something gay man who has been in New York City for ten years. Stepping back through his years in a culture where hookups become friends, friends become partners, partners become exes, and exes become confidantes, he becomes a 20 something just arriving from small town America, leaving his natural family and unaware he is about to find his chosen one. They're sometimes called the gays, the queers, or the fags, but ultimately they are the homosexuals.
Santa Claus Is Coming Out, by Jeffrey Solomon, directed by Christopher Standart, starring Timothy Patrick Finnegan.
November 28 – December 20, Main Street Cabaret.
- There was the year Christmas was saved by a reindeer with a red nose. And the year a pesky cold nearly made Santa cancel the whole thing. But this is the year Santa vacates the closet. Having hidden his true identity from the world that has loved and depended on him for years, he risks his reputation and the legacy he has built to tell his truth. Encountering friends and foe along the way, this solo play takes a comedic look at the way the world treats our role models and the things that happen when they defy our expectations.
Mothers and Sons, by Terrence McNally, directed by Jessica Rasp.
February 20 – March 14, Alleyway Main Stage.
- A woman and a man stand at a window overlooking Central Park West struggling to find something to say after 20 years. Had the world been then what it is now, she would have been his mother-in-law. Instead she has arrived unannounced to find him happily married to a younger man and father to their six-year-old son. Three nights before Christmas they rehash a past they cannot change, a life lost too soon, and attempt to determine where one's past fits into the other's present - ultimately struggling determine when two very different people share one loss, who does it belong to?
BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Plays 2015 curated by Matthew Crehan Higgins, Donna Hoke, and Jessica Rasp.
March 27 – April 11, Main Street Cabaret.
- Following successful installments in 2012 and 2013, comes a collection of ten or eleven short plays about GLBT living so fresh we can't even tell you about them yet. The call for submissions is out, and if it's anything like the past two times, the plays will come from far and wide for an evening of 10 minute plays.
Harbor by Chad Berguelin
April 17 – May 9, Alleyway Main Stage.
- Donna drives the van she lives in with her daughter Lottie to the well-appointed Sag Harbor home of her brother Kevin and his husband Ted. The men believe themselves to be perfectly content in the life they have built together, but that contentedness is challenged by Donna's wild ways and Lottie's need for a permanent place, particularly when Donna makes an unconventional offer that rattles their entire household and forces them to question what makes a family and what leads to fulfillment.
All titles and dates subject to change.