Coming Out Play Festival Explores Gay Themes

The Q Collective announces the playwrights for its first annual The Coming Out Play Festival. Fifty  playwrights from around the world submitted 66 plays that explored all aspects of what it means to come out. We are pleased to be featuring St. Louis-based playwrights Elizabeth Breed Penny and Lisa Meyers in this year’s festival.

by Nicholas Vasilios Pappas
Directed by Sarah Lynne Holt
See how that friendship changes over twenty-three years. Weird, isn’t it?

“Two Sugars”
by Lisa Meyers
Directed by Shualee Cook
Two friends, Rose and Max, meet for coffee after long years of silence between them. Though both have changed, they feel drawn to each other over coffee and conversation.

“Something Old”
by Elizabeth Breed Penny
Directed by Carl Overly, Jr.
Molly doesn’t think that her mother, Leanna, will understand the reason that she called off her hwedding, but when the truth comes out, both women learn that history repeats itself.

“Where the Fireworks Come From”
by Michael Pisaturo
Directed by Taylor Gruenloh
With college just around the corner, Tony and Gabe watch their neighborhood Fourth of July fireworks one last time before parting ways, but a recent incident threatens to change their friendship forever.

by Scott Mullen
Directed by Sarah Lynne Holt
Two teenage girls meet on a park bench and discover they have a number of things in common, including superpowers.

by J. Joseph Cox
Directed by Taylor Gruenloh
Two teenagers, bent on being treated as grown-ups, get a surprise that makes them second-guess adulthood.

“Baby Black Jesus: Play Four”
by Vincent Terrell Durham
Directed by Carl Overly, Jr.
Two months prior, Richard’s attempt to come out during his mother’s annual Christmas Eve dinner party and no longer present Darryl as his best friend goes horribly wrong. Richard is faced with losing his family or losing Darryl.

“Slow Dating”
by Adam Szudrich
Directed by Shualee Cook
An elderly woman spends the night with a charming stranger and wrestles with the heartbreaking decision she must make about her husband.

Performances of The Coming Out Play Festival  are Friday and Saturday, Oct, 19 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.. Tickets are $15 in advance through or $20 at the door.

Some plays contain adult language and frank sexual situations, including sexual assault.

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