As a playwright, I want to breathe life into stories that deal with people and circumstances rarely seen in American Theatre.
Audiences have watched the stories of undocumented migrant workers and their struggles. What about the great people and stories from those cultures outside of being "illegal" and marginalized?
The drug addict, gang member, missing father, single mother, suffering of African Americans, and Latin Americans, and Middle Eastern Americans, and Asian Americans, and all the “othered” Americans are common in today’s theatre.There is still a place and need for those stories. However...
I believe they’re being touted as all-encompassing inclusion. They’re not. What I am saying is that it's time to include the stories that are out there in the real world, but not making it on to the stage.
Audiences deserve characters who are gay and of color who are accomplished, who are affluent (or at least middle class), who live productive lives, who love and are loved in return. The time for creating these characters with full lives and complicated flaws, with relatable hopes and dreams, and making them the focus of the narrative is now.
Whether historically or currently accurate, or inserted into a reality that doesn't allow them to be, gay characters, characters of color and stories that center around them, deserve license to exist, to be seen and heard. They deserve to exist in all genres and all forms of Theatre. They deserve to be given the same “willing suspension of disbelief” as all the non-othered, multi-dimensional characters and stories that currently populate the pantheon of Theatre. From there we can begin to move toward full spectrum Theatrical representation.