In Lori Leigh’s funny sketch, Elle and Gabriel meet at a restaurant to get some closure after their relationship has ended. Elle is hurt at the way Gabe broke it off and proceeds to publicly hand back Gabe’s random stuff while Gabe keeps checking her phone. In the end it takes a lost phone, a nosy waiter and a singstar mic to help Gabe tell Elle that she really wants to make up, not break up.
The sketch was commissioned for the tour in response to feedback from our read-through team. Despite great writing from some excellent NZ playwrights, our young feedback panel were tired of seeing themselves represented as serious characters with difficult coming out stories. They wanted a scene where being a lesbian wasn’t a big deal. So here it is: a funny relationship scene where the outlying point of view is that there are no outliers – just two people navigating romance who happen to both be women.
About the Playwright
Lori Leigh has an MFA in playwriting from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD in theatre from Victoria University.
Lori has had readings and productions of her plays across the United States and New Zealand. She was invited to workshop one of her plays, Wi(n)dow on the World at the prestigious Edward Albee Playwriting Conference. In 2014 her play REVELATIONS enjoyed a successful season at BATS and Lori was nominated for “Best New Playwright” in the Wellington Theatre Awards. In 2016, Lori’s score for Opening Night as part of the Wellington inaugural Short + Sweet Festival won the overall Judges Choice Award. Her most recent play Uneasy Dreams and Other Things was runner up for Playmarket’s Adam NZ Award, which celebrates the best new writing for the theatre.
Lori currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate scriptwriting at VUW and was awarded an Early Career Teaching Award by the university in 2015 for her innovations in teaching playwriting.