Out & Allied Volume 2: An Anthology of Performance Pieces by Cathy Plourde
Vol. 2 of Add Verb’s Out & Allied Project is an anthology featuring 46 plays, monologues, poems and songs as well as tools for social change. This collection celebrates the strength and resiliency of youth, and especially LGBTQ youth and their allies. Contributions hail from all over the US, highlighting the work being done in the field of queer and allied youth theatre. Included in this volume: a case for faith-based community advocacy; tools for true dialogue over discussion; guidance on facilitating youth leadership. The rich cache of resources point youth, youth leaders, faith-leaders, teachers, family and activists toward LGBTQ supports: theatre companies, summer camps, conferences, faith-based organizations; toolkits and books; a glossary of LGBTQ terms, info graphics, and research reports on how bias affects youth; and, a listing of the performance pieces by theme for easy perusing. Vol. 2 follows the award-winning Vol. 1, which received the 2012 Maine Writers & Publishers Award for Best Anthology and got notice in Teaching Tolerance Staff Picks. The performance pieces range from simple, flexible works that can adapt to meet casting and topic needs, to longer multi-character traditional plays. New to Vol. 2, thanks to re-printing permission from Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ & allied youth group Dreams of Hope, sheet music and lyrics. Topics include coming out, trans* acceptance, love, family and intergenerational suppport, being a friend, faith, and much more. Add Verb is a program of the University of New England, and is based in Portland, Maine.