A Driving Beat

2,000 miles, a cross-country car ride
adopted son and mother travel side by side
white woman, brown son in the same space
9 states to the hospital, the teen’s birthplace
4 days, if all goes according to plan
5 nights, of doing all that they can
to find his birth mom, identity, or home
but by the end of their journey
will any answers be known?
  • Recommend
  • Download
  • Save to Reading List

A Driving Beat

Recommended by

  • Shelby Seeley:
    23 May. 2023
    heartfelt mother-son relationship that asks questions about identity, race, and family with an ending I didn't see coming!
  • Katherine Gwynn:
    9 May. 2023
    a tender play about a mother and son at odds with trying to both discover and cling to their past--warm until the very end, despite it all.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    22 Feb. 2021
    A beautiful, heartfelt journey of the search for identity and the relationship of a mother to her son that moves you. Well done.

Character Information

  • Mateo
    Filipino, Filipino American, Filipino-American
    Cis Man, Male
    Brown skin, on the verge of fifteen, a yearning son, speaks his truth in rhymes
  • Diane
    Cisgender Female, Female
    White skin, forty-five, a protective mother, a verbal steamroller
  • Reina
    Latina, Latino, Latinx
    Cisgender Female, Female
    Brown skin, thirty-two, a healer, listens more than she speaks

Development History

  • Reading
    The Los Angeles Queer New Works Festival (canceled due to Corona Virus)
  • Reading
    Athena Project
  • Residency
    HBMG Foundation