Before Lesbians

When Charlotte and Vivian meet, they are about to marry their fiancés who are leaving to fight for President Lincoln. Through letters and visits, Charlotte and Vivian nurture their friendship, sharing books and projects to support the troops and their husbands. In an era where women were not recognized as sexual beings and when words did not exist for women falling in love, Charlotte and Vivian struggle to...
When Charlotte and Vivian meet, they are about to marry their fiancés who are leaving to fight for President Lincoln. Through letters and visits, Charlotte and Vivian nurture their friendship, sharing books and projects to support the troops and their husbands. In an era where women were not recognized as sexual beings and when words did not exist for women falling in love, Charlotte and Vivian struggle to understand the confusing feelings they are developing for each other while the Civil War rages on.
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Before Lesbians

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  • David Hansen:
    23 Apr. 2019
    This play might have been titled "Inventing Lesbians," as our Civil War era protagonists discover in themselves something they had never had reason to believe has ever existed before, and create without guidance a language for a desire, a passion, and a lasting devotion. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking love story, and one I highly recommend!

Character Information

  • Vivian
    Mid 20's,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Female/Her/She
    Middle class. Bookworm.
  • Charlotte
    Early 20's,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Female/Her/She
    Upper Middle Class.
  • James
    Early 20's,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Male
    Upper Middle Class.
  • Henry
    Mid 20's,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Male
    Middle class. Interest in accounting.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Oberlin College
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    EMG Playwriting Workshop and Manhattan Oracles
    ,
    2016

Awards

Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women (2nd Place)
,
Yellow Rose Productions
,
2018