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THE ROCK & THE RIPE
a play, a book, a movement
ABOUT THE BULLIED AND BRUISED GAY YOUTH OF AMERICA
Written and Directed by
Mark Blane (Playwright/Director/Activist)
Assistant Directed by Nicole Humphrey
Based on the true stories of a lost generation of gay suicides, this project is to honor and give voice to the ones who are not here to tell us their accounts. We are creating a play, a book, and a movement.
Set in a tiny waiting room outside of the principal's office, six young people await their conviction...uh-I mean punishment. Billy would not remove his favorite jacket during his history class. JJ has one dirty mouth that gets them in to it with all the other kids. One of them is a cute mute, and Erin is wearing a tiara...we don't know why she is there. Calvin seeks help after having gum put in his hair time and time again, and Brendan's been playing a mean prank on a boy in the bathroom. Much like a cake that is half The Breakfast Club and the other half Waiting for Godot, THE ROCK & THE RIPE is frosted and layered with humor, tragedy, and mystery. This work is a 'new-age' The Laramie Project that takes real-life information and stories and mashes them all together to bake a mix of outcasts, misfits, and the misunderstood. Chaos meets desperation in this World Premiere play. What really happened to each youth? How are they all connected? And what is inside the Principal's office that makes them so scared to open the door?
The Actors/Activists: Michelle Limon, Alison Mouratis, Will Green, Anthony Stamilio, Jeff Newman, Danny Luwe and Eric Casady
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