Two adult plays about boys coming to terms with their sexuality fill SNAPfest, the first new-works festival staged by SNAP Productions in eight years. The festival opens Thursday night with “Milk Milk Lemonade,” by Joshua Conkel.
SNAP board member Tom Lowe, who is always searching for plays that support SNAP's mission of furthering understanding and tolerance, discovered the scripts for “Milk Milk” and “Band Fags” more than a year ago.
“Both of them deal with gay youth, and they struck a chord,” Lowe said. “‘Milk Milk' is told from a child's point of view. It's about two 11-year-olds, who are played by adult actors.”
Emory, an orphan growing up on a run-down chicken farm, is bullied by hyper-masculine neighbor boy Elliot, and pushed by his terminally ill Nana to stop choreographing ribbon dances and be a “regular boy.”
His best friend is a chicken, and he's often pushed by his parasitic twin, who lives in his thigh, to act on his impulses to be who he is.
While the play touches on the dark side of childhood, it's told from a lighthearted, at times absurdist approach. Inspired silliness includes a bit of karaoke, Emory and the chicken dancing together, Emory and Elliot playing an unusual version of house, and a narrator who translates the chicken's clucks and plays the parasitic twin.
Robert Williams directs the 70-minute show, which runs without intermission.
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