The Cooking Gene by Jonathan Dorf

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About The Play


Thumper (Matt Kelly) grabs Keenan (Brian Pugach) at StillSpeaking Theatre (San Marino, CA).

Dramedy.  10 minutes.  2 males.  Suitable for high school actors (or possibly skilled, mature middle school actors) or older.

Premiered at NativeAliens Theatre Collective (New York, NY). Originally developed with the assistance of Rosie Best and the students of Toledo School for the Arts, and then read as part of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights / City of West Hollywood Lesbian & Gay Playreading Festival.


"Jonathan Dorf's writing soars above the typical fare we've looked at for young actors. In The Cooking Gene he takes what can be a challenging subject and manages to make it funny and touching and genuine at the same time. Our audiences were moved by this lovely piece of work." - Donald Shenk, Artistic Director, StillSpeaking Theatre (San Marino, CA)

"The Cooking Gene was awesome!  If I were a teacher, I would definitely put it into my forensics rotation... I think it poses a rewarding challenge for young actors because the characters are so candid and well drawn. It's just the sort of material I wish more teachers and students would take a risk on." - Bradley Hayward, professional playwright


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Synopsis


Thumper (L; Matt Kelly) squares off with an unhappy looking Keenan (Brian Pugach) at StillSpeaking Theatre (San Marino, CA).

When a high school home economics family budgeting assignment requires each student to pick a pretend spouse, a gay teen chooses his boyfriend. But not everyone may be ready for this "marriage," including his future husband...

Video Files


Thumper (L; Matt Kelly) tries persuasion on Keenan (Brian Pugach) at StillSpeaking Theatre (San Marino, CA).
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Matt Kelly (Thumper) and Brian Pugach (Keenan) in the StillSpeaking Theatre (San Marino, CA; director, Donald Shenk) production.

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Did You Know?


Cate Mullen was drawn to theatre and writing in her youth, but took a twenty-year detour as a social worker before returning to creative writing.