Drama. By Laurie Brooks.
Cast: 5m., 5w., 1 either gender. May be expanded. How do we combat the current epidemic of prejudice and bullying of gay high-school students? One way is to use the power of storytelling to humanize the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens. Designed to be performed by and for high-school students, All of Us raises awareness of the discrimination, hatred and violence GLBT students face in their schools and communities. From cities, small towns, suburbs and rural areas, an ensemble of gay teens reveal their stories and the heartbreaking consequences of being marked as different. Nick, from a southern religious family, is sent to straight camp to turn him into an "ex-gay." Jess, a tomboy looking for love, finds it in an unexpected ally. Justin, from a wealthy family in New York, discovers another America and begins a grassroots fight for gay rights. Shea ends up on the streets; Chris, a transgender female to male, searches in vain for someone like her; and Frank, the lovable gay boy, falls through the cracks. These stories navigate the treacherous world of being gay in high school—growing up and coming out—coping with love, hate, violence and hope—as they reveal the inner lives of GLBT teenagers and ask "all of us" to stand up for their rights. Simple to produce, requiring little to no technical requirements, this powerful play is perfect for any school organization that cares about fighting discrimination. Bare stage with seating. Approximate running time: 65 minutes.