The Lesbian Play

On the night of the 2016 presidential election, Boston University's Women Loving Women Club gathers at their president's Back Bay apartment to celebrate the birthday of one of their own. With tensions already bubbling and cracking under the surface and their inner relationships with one another on the brink of extinction, the Women Loving Women Club is thrust into political turmoil as they wage war on...
On the night of the 2016 presidential election, Boston University's Women Loving Women Club gathers at their president's Back Bay apartment to celebrate the birthday of one of their own. With tensions already bubbling and cracking under the surface and their inner relationships with one another on the brink of extinction, the Women Loving Women Club is thrust into political turmoil as they wage war on each other over their political identities, the definition of lesbianism, and who can even consider themselves "LGBTQ".

LENGTH: 90-100 mins, no intermission.
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The Lesbian Play

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  • Shaun Leisher:
    24 May. 2021
    This is such a violent play throughout but even I did not expect that ending. McCarthy has brilliantly gotten these characters together in an already tense situation and expertly raises the stakes with every minute that passes. This play left me breathless and I can't wait to experience it live on stage.
  • Gregory Pernicone Jr:
    2 Feb. 2021
    At the very least, read this play for the last twenty minutes. The way Riley is able to create a narrative that is able to question identity, yet become a shocking and compelling piece of drama is quite miraculous. Even with several clear nods to "The Boys in the Band," this play is its own narrative that's both Miller-like in scale, yet meaningful to a new generation of queer artists.
  • Abby Rose Morris:
    24 Oct. 2020
    As a highly anticipated birthday party devolves into a literal and ideological bloodbath, Riley McCarthy exposes exclusionary behavior and deep hypocrisy within the LGBTQ community. The Lesbian Play also deals with the complicated nature of friendship, asking how stable friendships can be when they are based on a static identity, and whether these friendships are adaptable or merely conditional. McCarthy's raucous, brutal, masterful play explores the dynamics of marginalized people pitted against each other by a society that wants them to conform or die. The Lesbian Play is somehow both a celebration and takedown of modern queer culture.

Character Information

  • Maria (Mimi) Francisco
    18-22,
    White
    ,
    Cis female
    The president of the WLW Club. Beez's best friend (as she thinks), hosting Beez's birthday party. A lipstick lesbian. A little too TERF-y.
  • Beatrice (Beez) Sanders
    18-22,
    Any
    ,
    Nonbinary
    The birthday "girl" who is not a girl. Today is the big day. They're very nervous to come out to their friends but, they've been friends for so long, what could possibly go wrong? Member of the WLW club at their college.
  • Rosario (Rosie) Benton
    18-22,
    Latinx
    ,
    Cis female
    Rosario is the Vice President of the WLW Group. Conflicts with Mimi more than she would like to, but keeps it inside for the sake of the group. When the booze busts out, it's hard for her and Mimi to avoid clashing. At the start of the play, she hasn't really told everyone she identifies as bisexual and not lesbian.
  • Laurel Grey
    18-22,
    Any
    ,
    Cis female
    Plus-sized actress only. Laurel feels obligated to be the voice of reason. Extraordinarily kind and thoughtful of other people, even in the worst of situations.
  • Cynthia Alonso
    18-22,
    Any
    ,
    Cis or trans female
    Cynthia is disabled, she walks with a cane. Cool stoner vibe. Cynthia has lived her life and gives zero fucks what people have to say about her.
  • Iris Spellman
    18-22,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
    Clover's girlfriend. Is on her fifth year of college out of fear of graduating and losing Clover. Worn down and out, but trying.
  • Clover Laughlin
    18-22,
    Any
    ,
    Female identifying
    A sophomore at college, Iris's girlfriend. Loves Iris dearly but is afraid of the clinginess and attachment of her partner, wants to live out her 20s having fun before it's over.
  • Chaz
    18-22,
    Any
    ,
    Trans Male
    Boyfriend of Rosario who shows up a little late to the party. A pleasant surprise for everyone but Mimi. Has no idea what he's about to walk into.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Marymount Manhattan College
    ,
    2020

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Student Theatre at Marymount (STAM)
    ,
    2021
  • Workshop
    ,
    Marymount Manhattan College
    ,
    2020