From the Author:
For years now, I have been a children’s storyteller, working in parks, libraries, even legitimate theatres, engaging young audiences with the power of storied performance. The days were long with children, feeding off their energies and their hilarities, and being wowed myself some times at how far out of their present reality I was able to take these kids, just with a suggestion of a hat and a tall tale.
At night, I was going out and living the mildly debaucherous life that one leads in their 20s in New York.
The dichotomy became taxing, and while I was far from closeted, I could see myself putting on different masks for each part of the day, feeling a bit like I was always pretending, feeling a bit like I was always telling a story that bent the truth to what I needed for the moment. And yet, the more yarns I wove, the less I felt like there was something underneath.
This play came out of a time when I began to imagine what would happen if I retreated. What would happen if a gay man married a straight woman and they tried to be honest with each other about why they ended up together, though could never tell the whole truth? Allen, a children’s entertainer, was born and his accomplice, Jodie, an anthropologist of sex and gender, came soon after.
And together, they are not only telling each other stories, but also to an audience, hungry to breakdown their relationship, if only to see it built up again.
The play, and its presentational style, allowed me to explore storytelling in a variety of ways which, if you read the play, I hope you will be as excited as I was while writing it. Through the five years it took me to get the play to where it is today, I realized that stories are like fire—both good and bad—they keep you warm and sometimes, they burn you.
And so, as this play ultimately unwrites itself, it becomes a battle of truth verses story. It’s a battle that every storyteller fights, and if they are good at what they do, they and the battle ends in a most bloodied truce.
Also, this play is funny.
Much love to all,