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COMING OUT was originally presented at The Abbey Theater of Dublin, Dublin, Ohio, October 4-19, 2013, by Creatures Plays Corporation, and presented by special arrangement with Riverdale Literary Holdings, Inc.

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COMING OUT Available for Licensing

J.T. McDaniel’s Best Original Play nominated two act dark comedy, COMING OUT, which closed October 19, 2013, following a limited run at The Abbey Theater of Dublin, is now available for licensing  for performances or readings by professional and amateur theater companies in the United States and other English speaking markets (Application on Contact page). Individual scripts may be purchased from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, and there is also a Kindle edition available at Amazon.

(Left) Professor Susan Anderson (Brenda Newsom) looks on as daughter-in-law Karen Anderson (Martha Kathryn Smith) relates the unpleasant realities of her marriage to evangelist James Anderson. (Photo from the preview performance, courtesy of Colleen Dunne.)

The Dublin production was directed by Colleen Dunne, and produced by Creatures Plays Corporation. COMING OUT relates the events on a Fall afternoon in 2012, when a 40th anniversary celebration quickly falls apart as one crisis piles atop another. Just when one issue seems almost resolved, something else arises to stir the brew. Touching on gay marriage, infidelity, atheism, religious bigotry, domestic abuse, and even BBC programing, one original cast member described the show as having “…something to offend everybody—and it’s funny, too.”

The original production featured a brilliant cast of Columbus area actors, including author J.T. McDaniel as Professor Bob Anderson, Brenda Newsom as Professor Susan Morton Anderson, Jim LeVally as Rev. James Anderson, Martha Kathryn Smith as Karen Dalwyn Anderson, Ashley Collins as Ellen Anderson Winston, Chris Wharton as Mark Winston, Jai Furlong as George Anderson, Will ‘TuTail’ Smith as Eric Simpson, and Grace Rinehart as Carol Burgess.

Proceeds from the preview performance, along with 10% of the opening night box office, were donated to the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in memory of the author’s sister, Debra McDaniel (1953-1999).

After Dublin, What? It’s obviously hoped that the near future will include a New York production, with off-Broadway perhaps a touch more likely than on for a straight play. Just who would be in the cast remains to be seen. A professional production in Los Angeles is also a possibility, as well as regional productions. There has also been some talk of a movie.