"Writers for this week's [24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues] are Pride Plays' Ted Malawer, Omar Hantash, Sophie Sagan-Gutherz, Preston Max Allen, Azure Osborne-Lee, Hayley St. James, Rodney Hicks, Audrey Lang, Carmen LoBue, and Garrett David Kim, along with Lovell Holder and Roger Q Mason."
"The evening will feature 12 new monologues by writers from the New York-based Pride Plays...Original monologues will be written by Rodney Hicks, Preston Max Allen, Omar Hantash, Audrey Lang, Carmen LoBue, Ted Malawer, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Sophie Sagan-Gutherz, Hayley St. James as well as West Coast partner artists Lovell Holder and Roger Q Mason.
"Pride Plays writers Preston Max Allen, Omar Hantash, Rodney Hicks, Audrey Lang, Carmen LoBue, Ted Malawer, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Sophie Sagan-Gutherz, and Hayley St. James will join West Coast partner artists Lovell Holder and Roger Q Mason to form this week's all-star team of playwrights."
"Throughout June, Pride Plays has been developing 11 new works and presenting closed industry readings via Zoom. Check out the gallery below to meet the artists whose work is paving the way for queer stories by artists in the LGBTQ+ community.
Curated by festival producers Doug Nevin and Michael Urie and festival director Nick Mayo, as well as a team of readers and an advisory board, the 2020 lineup showcases stories about self-discovery in the digital age, how the queer experience intersects with religion and culture, new takes on queer love, explorations of gender and the physical body, family drama, friendship, and more."
You Have To Promise
Playwright: Audrey Lang
Director: Jenna Worsham
Stage Manager: Seth Betzler
Cast: Johnathan Dougan, Taylor Richardson, Rebecca Jimenez, Quinn Copeland, Cassie Beck
"Familial love takes center stage in Audrey Lang’s You Have To Promise, which follows two “baby lesbians” (as Lang calls them) on their journey of self-discovery. “I feel like love stories are so often thought of as falling in or out of love, and I think [the play] is much more about learning how to love people in the way that you actually need to be loved and that that they need to be loved.”"
"While “the four ‘MainStage’ plays represent writers who helped lay the groundwork for queer theatre and writers who’ll be leaders of the next generation,” as Urie says, the Festival as a whole is committed to the continued nurturing of more stories by a breadth of artists in the community. “When it comes LGBTQIA+ theatremakers, we have an embarrassment of riches, and with Pride Plays 2020 we are once again scratching the surface. The 11 plays that make up the festival of developing works come from playwrights from all across the rainbow, no two plays or playwrights alike.”"
"Lang portrays the diverse approaches that victims of sexual assault can take toward healing. Some of Alex’s friends had repressed the memories and remained friends with the assailant; others had forgiven, and moved on. Throughout the play, the feelings of shame, discomfort, and paranoia are visceral and perturbing as we watch Alex striving to work through her fears, accept the trauma, and learn to let go."
"Sierra Nevada was one of those instances where we all just lucked out. It was a brilliant script and something fellow actor, Lexi McDougall and I could really get our teeth in. We were being directed by the calm, kind and clever Jessica Arden and all three of us had that rare experience when you really click with one another. ... We bonded so much in fact that we even have our own WhatsApp group, ‘NO BS Theatre Company’, inspired by a quote from Audrey’s play about “bullshitting” in your writing."