OUT AMONG THE DRAGONS

By Dan Noonan | Playwright
Genre Drama/Comedy
Type Play
Subgenre Dark/Black
Time Period 1991-2010
Male Actors 3
Female Actors 3
Undefined Actors 0
Length Full Length
Set Complexity basic

Summary

Ever have trouble getting out off the couch? Patrick has the same problem, only it’s been two years, and it’s his Mom’s couch. Being a twenty-six-year-old virgin with severe hemophilia, HIV and lousy joints has not given him much impetus. Encouraged by his therapist, Patrick is determined to shake things up. He decides to cruise his infectious disease clinic for the HIV positive woman of his dreams. Instead of finding “Ms. Right”, Patrick meets two people from the HIV landscape. The first is Joe, a gay man close to Patrick’s age, who only has one small ambition in life: to change the world. The second is Marie, an enigmatic young woman who embodies contradiction and specializes in shocking people. Authentic friendships are formed as they help each other pursue their dreams. OUT AMONG THE DRAGONS begins in 1995, just before the life-saving “drug cocktail” is available to patients, and AIDS is still viewed as a terminal illness. Through humor, OUT AMONG THE DRAGONS explores how the mode of transmission can affect the way we view people with HIV and the way positive people view their world, their dreams and themselves.

Characters

Coach Riley

Gender male
Age 50 - 50 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Athletic Butch Strong-willed

Description Coach Riley teaches at the same Catholic High School as Joe. Coach Riley is not fond of Joe because he knows Joe is gay. He goes out of his way to protect kids.

Trudi

Gender female
Age 45 - 45 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Bubbly Charming Compassionate

Description Trudi is a very affluent woman due to her husband. She was born into a lower income family but married money. She is very vivacious. She has no children. She has decided to help Joe with his HIV Prevention Project.

Helen

Gender female
Age 55 - 55 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Cheerful Depressed Maternal

Description Helen is Patrick's Mother. She is desperately trying to hold her family together after her husband has passed away from lung cancer. She is relatively affluent. She is very motherly.

Marie

Gender female
Age 25 - 25 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Angry Flirtatious Guarded

Description Marie is HIV Positive. She is a waitress. She is desperately trying to reconnect with her sister Linda. She is not in touch with the rest of her family. She is lonely. She is playful and unstable. We do not know how she contracted HIV.

Joe

Gender male
Age 25 - 25 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Ambitious Angry Charming

Description Joe is an HIV positive gay man. He is a teacher at a Catholic High School. He is single and has alienated most of his friends. His mother is deceased and he has had a falling out with his father. He is looking to start an HIV prevention program to help kids.

Patrick

Gender male
Age 25 - 25 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Angsty Awkward Funny

Description Patrick is an HIV positive hemophiliac. He is desperate to lose his virginity and he goes to cruise his infectious disease clinic to meet the HIV positive woman of his dreams. He lives at home with his mother and does not have a job.

Special Considerations

  • Character Doubling

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