But what about lesbian plays and lesbian characters in plays? Written by playwright Diana Son, Stop Kiss still feels relevant today about the aftermath of an attack on two women, Callie and Sara, after they had just kissed each other. While Callie only receives minor injuries, Sara is left in a coma. Alison Bechdel wrote a graphic memoir called Fun Home This memoir was adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori in and is considered an updated look of the life of a young lesbian.
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Though shocking, this ending was not surprising to audiences: it was common for the handful of lesbian characters in mainstream plays throughout most of the 20th century. Accordingly, lesbian playwrights, actors and audiences found few positive portrayals of themselves on stage. It was not until the s that a community of lesbian theater artists were able to write and produce work that explored feminism and gender roles, a scene that coincided with movements to further the civil rights of African-Americans, women and gays. Rather than wait for mainstream theater to catch up with the times, radical female playwrights and actors created what they wanted to see on stage. Despite the culture war mentality of the s and the recession of the s, lesbian theater continues to thrive on creativity and fearlessness. The social revolutions of the s extended from college campuses to the theater, encouraging an off-off-Broadway scene amenable to new works.
Last night, the 62nd annual Tony Awards, hosted by out actor Neil Patrick Harris, bestowed heavy golden awards upon many theater people including but mostly not limited to Billy Elliot. We thought this would be easier — the hardest part, we imagined, would be coming up with just ten. And then … um. So all plays.
A serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late.