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Eisenstein, Linda (American playwright, 1950-____), Gentrification,"

a 10-minute comedy,

1m2f (ages 20s-30s);

    © 1994 by Linda Eisenstein, in Linda Eisenstein's anthology Balancing Acts (Cleveland, Ohio: Herone Press, 1997);    scripts/rights available from Linda Eisenstein via e-mail herone@en.com or http://www.lindaeisenstein.com or via regular mail, Herone Press, P. O. Box 749, Cleveland, Ohio 44107-0749, U.S.A., voice/fax 216-631-5812; Eisenstein says,

  §  Dramatis Personae _____ (f), an urban lesbian; _____ (f), her lover; _____ (m), her suburban brother.

  §  Synopsis An urban lesbian and her lover host her suburban brother for the weekend.

  §  Comment A few opinions about the 'student homophobia' situation. As a woman writer who wants all kinds of women to see themselves portrayed (and thus affirmed) on stage, I fairly regularly include lesbian characters-as human beings rather than as problems, with their sexual orientation as a character given (rather like being from Texas) instead of being the central issue. Keep in mind that you're certain to have gay and lesbian students (in the closet or no) who are aching to express themselves, and who may be silent/squashed through fear only at this moment. It bears repeating to students and faculty: heterosexism hurts everyone just like sexism and racism. If you continue to gently press for inclusion of all voices, despite the cultural and peer pressures, it's an act of politics with heart that can change people's lives for the better. . . . NOTE: Production of 'Gentrification' requires permission from the playwright and a royalty."

  §  Themes brother-sister relationship, family, homosexualty, host-guest relationship, lesbianism, lover, sibling, weekend visit.

See also Linda Eisensteins

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