I’ve been in Atlanta for about a year, doing shows, and Out Front as a company drew me in. I didn’t know much about the show but I “got” this character. It’s written so human; it’s empathetic and raw. It’s like a peek into their life. It was outside of my comfort zone, though, because I am not a parent nor do I have kids.
What is Alex going through?
Alex goes through so much. She is driven and dedicated, but her entire life is Jake. She wants nothing but the best for him. She is trying to be accepting. She is the one who buys him “Cinderella” DVDs and other toys. When (what he is dealing with) starts creating friction in his life, that is when she digs her heels in. But she goes through a lot of denial.
Does Greg think the child is gay, Justin?
‘A Kid Like Jake’ Feb. 9 - 26 Out Front Theatre Company 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 www.outfronttheatre.com gender themes and children. It’s nice that a contemporary piece speaks on these issues.
We want to be as inclusive as possible. (Last fall’s) “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” was big and splashy with a large cast with music that everyone knew. This one is a 1.5hour show with no intermission and four characters. As we plan ahead, we want to do comedies and dramas, but we are not going to just tell these stories when it is popular or easy. We want to cover the spectrums.
Lisa Boyd, Justin Dilley and Lauren Megan McCarthy star in Out Front Theatre Company’s ‘A Kid Like Jake.’ (Photo by Jacob Demlow)