Connect: Four Short Plays
By Allan Baker
Directed by Theresa Leckbee

"Only connect!" Howards End, E. M. Forster

"We gotta connect. We just have to. Or we die." Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Terrence McNally

April 1st to 17th at the Off Center
June 5th at the Rollins Theatre
The Long Center, as part of the 2010 Austin Pride celebration. (Courtesy of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce)."

Running time: 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission after the third play.

Click (25 minutes) It's Saturday night and two gay guys are online trying to hook up, each for a somewhat different reasons. Jason sees quick and easy sex as a way to avoid emotional intimacy. Michael sees it as a way to get to emotional intimacy more quickly.

Jason: Adam Pearson   Michael: James Jackson Leach

This play was produced as part of Austin's FronteraFest, at Hyde Park Theatre, in 2008. (Adult language.)

Voices (32 minutes) A conversation across four generations, among five members of a family, all residents of a cemetery in rural Texas. Taking Our Town in a new direction, Voices focuses on Martha, the tyrannical, ninety-seven year old matriarch of a Texas family, born in the 1860s, and how she deals with the two most recent arrivals at the cemetery: Cole, a relatively young, gay victim of AIDS and Peggy, her seventy-five year old, oft-married, spirited and rather bohemian granddaughter.

Stage Manager/Cole: Kirk Burg    Jeannie: Alexa Doggett    Glen: Trey Townsend    Martha: Sharon Elmore    Peggy: Suzanne Kennedy

A shorter version of this play was produced as part of FronteraFest in 2007. The current version was a finalist for Emerging Artist Theatre's 2009 Spring Festival of One Act Plays in New York City.

Five Minutes (19 minutes) Sometimes five minutes can be a lifetime. And sometimes love can take you to a safe place when nothing else can.

Corinne: Gina Houston   Betty: Feliz Dia McDonald
Paul: Sean Stogner    Tad: Franc Frye
Matt: Blake Smith    Kevin: Jude Hickey

This play was a "Best of the Fest" selection in FronteraFest 2006. In November 2006 it ran for three weeks in New York City as part of Emerging Artists Theatre's Fall Festival of Short Plays. Nominated by Emerging Artists as part of a nation-wide competition among producing theatres, it returned to New York City in 2007 for the Samuel French, Inc. Festival of Off Off-Broadway One Act Plays. A ten minute version of the last scene of this play, titled ...last and always, was a finalist for the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre's 2008 Festival of Ten Minute Plays and was produced by NativeAliens Theatre Collective as part of their Short Stories 10 program during 2009's Gay Pride Festival in New York City.

A Midsummer Night's Conversation (28 minutes) It's four months into the relationship and a gay couple must face a critical moment. It's a time for honesty, intimacy and total self-exposure. And one of the two is an actor...a very good actor.

Colin: James Jackson Leach    Ben: Jude Hickey

A world premier. (Advisory: nudity. Sixteen and under must be accompanied by parent or guardian.)