That Uppity Theatre Company, along with the folks at The Vital VOICE are back with the 2nd Annual installment of Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays. The plays featured this year (and in the interest of full-disclosure, I was on the reading committee) are better than last years', covering a range of LGBT-related topics that nicely integrate these issues within the backdrop of everyday life, as opposed to beating you over the head with it "public service announcement" style. There are comedies, dramas, and something for everyone -- gay or straight.
Jenn Bock (Ms. Marshall) and Hannah Ryan (Amanda).
My Jesus Year features a brother and sister, Jerry (Charlie Barron) and Trish (Laura Singleton). Jerry's gay, and he's in the hospital about to have a colonoscopy. An old acquaintance of Jerry's happens to be down the hall from him, unfortunately not doing well, and during the course of the play, we find out how Jerry knew him.
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Robert Lee Davis III (Jimmy) and Wendy Renée Greenwood (Dale).
The Lady and the Tramp: A Love Story was a surprising addition to the night featuring Lola van Ella and Sammy Tramp in a sweet little "boy meets girl" story.
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Cammie Middleton-Helmsing (Nurse)
and Theresa Masters (Sharon).
Surprise is about a couple, David and Jonathan (Ken Haller and Daniel John Kelly), trying to put their relationship back together after an affair. It's pretty straightforward, but shows that infidelity in any relationship poses the same issues -- gay or straight.
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Phil C. Leveling (Bob)
and Justin Ivan Brown (Buttercup).
The performances in these plays are strong across the board and while they're short, the relationships they portray are sincere, and they do wonders with the modest space at La Perla. The plays teach as well as entertain, but Briefs only runs for three days, so get your tickets quickly, and keep an eye out for next year when hopefully, this successful festival will return!
La Perla, 312 N. 8th Street St. Louis, MO 63101
through March 3 | tickets : $15 advance - $20 at the door
Performances February 28th, 8pm, March 1st at 8pm. March 2nd at 3pm and 8pm, March 3rd at 3pm
Black Eye; written by Carolyn Gage, directed by Christopher Limber
Hannah Ryan (Amanda), Joshua Thomas (Mr. Kent) and Jenn Bock (Ms. Marshall).
My Jesus Year; written by Tony Foster, directed by Lee Anne Mathews
Charlie Barron (Jerry), Robert Thibaut (Nurse) and Laura Singleton (Trish).
Waiting for the Skell; written by EM Lewis, directed by Bonnie Taylor
Wendy Renée Greenwood (Dale) and Robert Lee Davis III (Jimmy).
The Lady and the Tramp: A Love Story; performed by Lola van Ella and Sammy Tramp, featuring Chris Barnhart.
Are You Married? written and directed by Joan Lipkin
Theresa Masters (Sharon) and Cammie Middleton-Helmsing (Nurse).
Surprise; written by Ken Haller, directed by Michael B. Perkins
Ken Haller (David) and Daniel John Kelly (Jonathan).
Zoo Story 2.0; written by Rich Espey, directed by Marty Stanberry.