She's Always Liked The Girls Best: Roomers, Raincheck, Hannah Free, Movie Queens (Lesbian Plays)
The plays in this unique collection will stir your compassion and strengthen your laugh reflex. Movie Queens and Hannah Free feature old women reflecting with wit and insight on the glories and trials of their younger days as women in love with other women.
Movie Queens reclaims the past of Meg Elliot and Adele Montrose, two fictional young movie actresses of the 1930s, as they reconnect emotionally and physically in the 1980s. In Hannah Free, Hannah struggles to gain access to her long-time, sometimes long-distance, and now comatose lover Rachel, who is down the hall in the nursing home.
Raincheck and Roomers reflect the realities of being different in smalltown Michigan. In Raincheck, Gwen--the known lesbian in town, as well as the county visiting nurse--visits Pansy and Flora, sisters in need of her care and attention. Pansy is the grandmother of Thema, Gwen's high school love who rejected her and subsequently married four losers. Will Gwen take or pass on this Raincheck come due? Roomers depicts the never-a-dull-moment aspect of life at what might appear from a highway to be a peaceful boarding house, complete with a biracial coming out story, rumored brother-sister incest, and a ghost--or was that just a burglar?
Claudia Allen is Playwright-in-Residence at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. She has won two Jefferson awards--Chicago theatre's Oscar--and written many plays, including the Long Awaited, Still Waters, and The Gays of Our Lives. Claudia specializes in strong, compassionate women--in her life and in her plays.