Synopsis: Calamus is a journey through queer America past and present inspired by Walt Whitman’s collection of poems of the same name. After a young teen is kicked out of his home for being gay, he along with a transgender slam poet named Ford travel across America and through history attempting to find hope and acceptance. This show touches upon issues of LGBTQ identity, youth homelessness, intersectionality, queer erasure, love, heartbreak, and friendship.
Themes: LGBTQ+, Americana, History, Identity
Running Time: Approx. 120 minutes
Cast: 5 main, 3+ ensemble
Notes: Calamus will be developed as part of The Custom Made Theater Company’s 2018 Undiscovered Works Program.
THE SON ALSO RISES
Synopsis: The Son Also Rises explores a group of friend’s rise into adulthood. Jake is a nineteen-year-old on a perpetual gap year from Princeton still trying to figure out who he wants to be. When his high school buddy Josh comes to visit and is introduced to Jake’s new friends: the raucous Will and alluring Andy, the status quo that they all hold so dear gets turned on its head. Will they keep it together long enough to get to the Pampalana Music Festival?
Themes: Youth, College, Sexuality, LGBTQ+, Drinking, Identity
Running Time: Approx. 75 minutes
Cast: 8 (7 with double-casting)
Notes: The Son Also Rises was performed in The Blank Theater’s 2014 Young Playwrights Festival and the Adams Pool Theater (Harvard College) in 2015.