That's the premise for Hiding in Daylight by Gregory G. Allen. Not only could you not love that person, but it was also illegal. Set in the not-so-distant-future, two couples come together to remember life before the gay purge and must decide if they can continue the risk of a weekly dinner together. Playwright/Screenwriter Gregory G. Allen's latest project tackles highly debated topics such as LGBT rights, politics, equality, life, and love. This dining room drama is full of layers that are unwrapped in real time as two couples must make some very tough decisions. With The Handmaid’s Tale such a hit and 1984 recently on Broadway, Allen wanted to share a fictionalized projection of what could possibly happen in the future for the LGBT community...if we’re not careful.
As a member of the LGBT community, Gregory is worried about events happening in America (LGBT losing jobs, turned away from services, rise in hate crimes) as these events can grow into something much larger. This project is meant to spark a conversation to make sure equality stays the norm for ALL. His love of the arts and his advocacy work have combined into this passion piece and he wants as many people as possible to hear it and use it to create change. This has led to his largest art as advocacy/art as activism yet! Gregory is bringing this story to the world in different mediums.
Numerous theaters and LGBT organizations around the country have read the script to host their own One-Night-Only (script in hand) Special Event Reading. This play only has 4 actors (2M, 2F) and runs less than 90 minutes. It is a great piece to combine with an open forum discussion to talk about the fears that many in the LGBT community have about losing rights. If you work with a theater, pride center, library, or other organization wanting to host an evening using this cautionary tale - please reach out to Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org
For an "after reading" conversation/Q&A Guide Sheet, see download section below.
Directed by Cheryl Allison and co-produced by Wow Films and ASD Media & Entertainment, Hiding in Daylight the short film was completed in fall of 2018. The film had its world premiere at the Oxford Film Festival in February, 2019 and is the winner of three Award of Excellence from the IndieFest Film Awards with top honors in LGBT film, Direction (Cheryl Allison) and script/writer (Gregory G. Allen). The film will be in other festivals around the country in 2019.
In this version, one of the male characters tells the entire story of what happened that night when he and his closest friends were in hiding and playing the game. At times he takes on the persona of his friends as he shares stories of when and how they met, tales of their past, and the love he has for the family they all created. Interested theater groups can reach out directly to Gregory at email@example.com
Feb 8, 2019
Sept 22 & 23, 2018
of Film Version
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Reading & Discussion of One Man Version of New Play
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm
"Community Conversations" Dallas, TX
Reading & Discussion
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Studios of Key West, Florida
** Invitation Only Reading & Discussion
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 3pm
Part of the Take Pride, Bloomfield! Series
Semi-Staged Reading and Q&A