For Rowan

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For Rowan

Ryan Hay

This piece was written for performance at Queer Fest 2018, and looks at homophobia. The piece is fairly experimental in style, telling its story largely through movement - the repeat of the story with readings of homophobic found texts offers the audience a new perspective on the relationship, once we have become invested in it. 

When I am walking down the street hand in hand with my boyfriend and we get /those/ looks, I hold his hand with a little more indignation - I wondered if performers would do the same, and how an audience would response to that shift. This looks at an audience reaction to homosexuality, and then to homophobia. 

Additionally, this piece was written for a particular director - collaboration and trust is key in theatre, and I wanted to write a piece that would allow the work of the director to shine through. Playwrights don't work in a vacuum, and this collaborative element is key to generating the kind of discussion that I want the piece to beget.

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