Max is secretly taking basketball lessons to impress his new boyfriend Jordan’s six-year-old basketball-obsessed brother. As Max and Jordan learn what it means to be in a relationship, they’re forced to confront their understandings biological and chosen family. Semifinalist for the O’Neill New Play Conference. (2m, 1w)
“Trudy, Carolyn, Martha , and Regina Travel to Outer Space and Have a Pretty Terrible Time There”
A crew of astronauts share the quiet beauty of infinite space and a peaceful reflection on our place in the universe. But it's been nineteen weeks. And that's just about long enough. (4w)
Premiered in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2016, directed by Jessica Fisch.
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Inspired by the painting Tire Jumping in Front of My Window by Allan Rohan Crite, this 20-minute solo performance piece brings the characters in the painting to vivid new life: an original, fantastical tale of a group of children on a hot Boston summer day who discover an old tire in a junkyard. Before they know it, they’re off on an adventure they’ll never forget.
“The Tire” was commissioned by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and has been annually performed since 2017 by Deaf actor Elbert Joseph in American Sign Language.
RJ runs away to Florida after a break-up, but he can't swim because the toxic algae has poisoned the beach. Two lifeguards and a trio of sea creatures help him realize how much he's grown...and how much he still needs to learn. (1m, 2w, ensemble of 3)
Jo & Laurie
A contemporary take on a beloved classic: Jo March and Theodore “Laurie” Laurence III are best friends in Concord, MA. And they’re both gay. The familiar love between these two best friends is expanded into an exploration of queer friendship. This project is supported by a grant from the Queens Arts Council. (1m, 1w)
The lives of five gay men intersect in an unpredictable way, forcing the men to confront their assumptions and stereotypes about generational differences in the gay community. Written to further the artistic conversation about contemporary gay male camaraderie beyond New York City-centric plays such as The Boys in the Band, Love! Valor! Compassion!, and The Inheritance, as well as the trauma-centric narratives of most contemporary gay fiction, Paradise explores how communities are formed in the unlikeliest of places and how private compassion leads to cultural optimism.
To inquire about any of these pieces, please contact James directly at jamesholodkennedy [at] gmail [dot] com.