ST. LOUIS, Mo. The Q Collective has announced the plays and playwrights for its inaugural The Coming Out Play Festival to be held Oct. 19-20 at the Monocle in the Grove.


Some 50 playwrights from around the world submitted 66 plays that explored all aspects of what it means to come out. Among those selected for this year's festival will be works penned by St. Louis-based playwrights Elizabeth Breed Penny and Lisa Meyers.


by Nicholas Vasilios Pappas
directed by Sarah Lynne Holt

See how that friendship changes over twenty-three years. Weird, isn’t it?


Two Sugars
by Lisa Meyers
directed by Shualee Cook

Two friends, Rose and Max, meet for coffee after long years of silence between them. Though both have changed, they feel drawn to each other over coffee and conversation.


Something Old
by Elizabeth Breed Penny
directed by Carl Overly, Jr.

Molly doesn’t think that her mother, Leanna, will understand the reason that she called off her wedding, but when the truth comes out, both women learn that history repeats itself.


Where the Fireworks Come From
by Michael Pisaturo
directed by Taylor Gruenloh

With college just around the corner, Tony and Gabe watch their neighborhood Fourth of July fireworks one last time before parting ways, but a recent incident threatens to change their friendship forever.


by Scott Mullen
directed by Sarah Lynne Holt

Two teenage girls meet on a park bench and discover they have a number of things in common, including superpowers.


by J. Joseph Cox
directed by Taylor Gruenloh

Two teenagers, bent on being treated as grown-ups, get a surprise that makes them second-guess adulthood.


Baby Black Jesus: Play Four
by Vincent Terrell Durham
directed by Carl Overly, Jr.

Two months prior, Richard’s attempt to come out during his mother’s annual Christmas Eve dinner party and no longer present Darryl as his best friend goes horribly wrong. Richard is faced with losing his family or losing Darryl.


Slow Dating
by Adam Szudrich
directed by Shualee Cook

An elde
rly woman spends the night with a charming stranger and wrestles with the heartbreaking decision she must make about her husband.


Performances of The Coming Out Play Festival are Friday and Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. and October 20 at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance through or $20 at the door. All performances are at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110.


Please note, some plays contain adult language and frank sexual situations, including sexual assault.


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