, November 1, 2003, One-Act Play: "The Oldest Gay in America," 2m, by Michel Corbeil (American playwright, 19__-____)
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“The Oldest Gay in America”

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Corbeil, Michel (American playwright, 19__-____), “The Oldest Gay in America,”

a 40-minute comedy-drama in English, set outdoors, in Vermont, U.S.A., 1992,


  •  © 1999 by Michel Corbeil;  •  script/rights available from Michel Corbeil, 143 West 96th Street, Apt. 7-D, New York, New York 10025, U.S.A., e-mail corbeilkerr@Msn.com , telephone (home) 212-663-3209.  •  Cited by Michel Corbeil, via ftp November 16, 1999; Corbeil says,

  § Dramatis Personae Clovis “Smiley” Tully (m), past 110 years of age, a black retired tailor; Eric Tully (m), 25, a young white engineer.

  § Synopsis “Clovis Tully is black, bisexual, 110-something years old. Imagine his surprise when Eric, young, gay and white, appears claiming to be his great-great-grandson. Eric wants to interview Clovis for a gay magazine, published by his lover. Clovis’ wish is to die and be reunited with his deceased wife and deceased male lover whom he loved equally and whose voices he now hears. But Clovis, a closet gay, believes his lover has a hold on him, and won’t let him die until he ‘comes out.’ Eric suggests that the magazine interview will free Clovis and allow him to die. However, the resulting article is not what either man expected.

  § Comment “This play is a tour de force for a black character actor. Premiered by Love Creek Productions, New York City.  Published by Dialogus Play Publishing and Service.”

  § Themes afterlife, betrayal, bisexuality, black, connection, death wish, family, gay, ghosts, magazine, menage a trois, memory, old age, outing, political correctness, voice, white.

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