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Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Lucia Frangione
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2012
ISBN-10: 889227535
ISBN-13: 9780889227538

About the Play:

Winner of the ACTivist Theatre Amnesty International Playwright Contest, 2011.

Leave of Absence is a full-length drama by Lucia Frangione. An entire community is blown apart when a teenaged girl suspected of being gay is brutalized by her classmates.

The booming bedroom community outside a large Canadian city is torn apart when fifteen-year-old Blake challenges long-held views of spirituality and sexuality. A student at the local Catholic high school, Blake confides in her best friend, Tracy, that she feels sexually attracted to her. At first encouraged and then rebuffed, Blake is eventually betrayed. Then, increasingly at risk among her peers, Blake finds the watchful and strict eyes of her Catholic school are no protection.

Vulnerable to collectivized hatred, she remains unprotected by the adults who guard her freedom – her mother, the school principal, the local priest – all respond in different ways, some liberally supporting her emerging sexuality; others quite conservatively vilifying her as a deviant, outside the church and outside the community. Ultimately, they do not act to protect her, and in their inaction, they are absent, truly unable to help. The audience is left with the question: Like these characters, what have we left undone? What ethics surround the absence of acting in response to another's need?

At the centre of this searing drama of bigotry and transcendence is the brutal dehumanization of the other – of both the bully and the victim. Full of humour, compassion and mysticism, the outcome challenges the fall out of the Catholic church response to the same-sex marriage rulings in Canada and how it affects youth. It also asks the greater community about the ethics of being absent.

Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

About the Playwright:

Lucia Frangione is an internationally produced award winning Canadian playwright and actor, best known for performing in her own works. The author of over twenty-five plays, she received training through Studio 58 and Rosebud School of the Arts.

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