Left Out Festival 2013


a benefit for Bailey House

April 20 - 30

Left Out 2013 Staff

Cheryl King, Producer
Joe Hutcheson, Associate Producer
Topher Cusumano, Marketing Consultant
William LoCasto, Graphic Design
Ellen Rosenberg, Lighting Design


Seating is limited.
Advance tickets $20 (+ $2 service charge) Tickets at the door $22



"indisputably one of the most memorable theater experiences of 2013." Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

Read the entire review here







graphic design by William LoCasto

TEST “Do you really want to know? Are you positive?”

A compilation of 10-minute plays written by Cheryl King and William LoCasto

Tuesdays April 23 and 30 at 7:30pm

Do-it-yourself home testing for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has arrived.

Each of the plays in TEST is about two characters taking the test – from the moment the package is opened until the moment the results are revealed.  We see every kind of human reaction – good, bad, ugly and beautiful, and a powerful tension that carries us from the first to the last word.

The cast includes Ms. King herself, TC Corwin, Joe Hutcheson, KC Weakley, Jeremy Neal, Anthony Romeo, Donny Repsher, Mary Erwin, Michelle Ramoni and Peter Straus.. Directed by Cheryl King.

REVIEWED APRIL 23 by Karen D’Onofrio-eljny.com

That writers KING LoCASTO can evoke laughter side-by-side with terrible apprehension is a tribute to their skill. The actors make it all real. As real as it can be, until you take the test. 

Read the entire review here

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graphic design by Joe Hutcheson

Son of a Hutch

Written and performed by Joe Hutcheson

Directed by Cheryl King

Sundays April 21 and 28 at 7:30pm

If Dad’s shoes were pumps, they’d be easier to fill.

Award-winning solo performer (FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award, Critics’ Pick of the Cincinnati Fringe) Joe Hutcheson shares a hilarious collection of stories about growing up gay in the Hutcheson family, where all the men are nicknamed "Hutch" and boys who identify with soap opera heroines can't identify with their Dads. Until they grow up.  

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photo by Dixie Sheridan

I Light Up My Life

Written and performed by Mark Sam Rosenthal

Directed by Todd Parmley

Sat. April 20 and Fri. April 26 at 7:30pm

The world's first preemptive celebrity autobiography! 

At long last, it's the smut-fueled road-to-success story of a celebrity who's succeeded nowhere but his own mind! "One of the city's great comedic storytellers" (Time Out) tells all - in fact, more than all - about a rise to semi-obscurity that has included a brief dalliance in pornography and a near-victory on Cash Cab. It's the solo show that makes AIDS and 9/11 fun again, from the creators of Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire.

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You're a Good Boy, Abercorn

Written by Topher Cusumano

Performed by Topher Cusumano and Josh Lamon

Wed, April 24 with Ean Kessler's Brotherly Love

and Thu, April 25 at 7:30pm with Margaret Morrison's The Loves of Miss Jimmie LeRoy 

You can’t run. No running allowed. No running. Don’t run. Never run.

No one ever taught Abercorn the word “kidnapped.” No one ever taught him anything, in fact. Living in submission for years with his captor, a man named Bull, Abercorn is forced to confront the truth about his relationship with the only person he’s ever known. Featuring Topher Cusumano and Broadway’s Josh Lamon (Elf, IntoThe Woods, HairYou’re A Good Boy, Abercorn explores a grotesque landscape of ritual, sexual violence, and survivor’s guilt.  

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Brotherly Love

By Ean Michael Kessler

Performed by Matt Cox and Will Turner
Directed by Dave Delaney

Sun. April 21 at 2:00pm with Margaret Morrison's The Loves of Miss Jimmie LeRoy 

and Wed. April 24 at 7:30pm with  Topher Cusumano's You're A Good Boy, Abercorn

Wally and Gordon live in rural Mississippi; can they get along and live in peace, despite their differences?

Wally and Gordon are two brothers from rural Mississippi.  When Gordon comes home with a shocking surprise, it throws Wally's world entirely out of balance.  Can Wally and Gordon get along despite their differences?  A screwball comedy about brotherhood and family, this is a story about just what a family can deal with...and just how much a person is willing to put up with from their family.



He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother. He also ain’t gay. Nope. Can’t be true. Impossible. Shut up.

Gordon comes home from college full of surprising news. His brother Wally flips out in denial. Between slap-fights and beers, the brothers spar verbally in this laugh-out-loud production. The writing is so clever, it challenges the audience to keep up. The actors are perfect in their characterizations and have the true ring of brotherly relationship. They are riotous to watch.

While a serious message underlies the humor, the play is worth seeing for the hysterical dialogue and madcap physical interactions. Sometimes it’s wiser to hide your rainbow flag behind that shotgun on the wall and play dumb. The choice between truth and safety can be a tough one.

-Karen D’Onofrio-


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photo by Marisa Bramwell

The Loves of
Miss Jimmie LeRoy

By Margaret Morrison
Performed by Cheryl King and Margaret Morrison
Directed by Cheryl King

Sun. April 21 at 2:00pm with Ean Kessler's Brotherly Love

and Thurs. April 25 at 7:30pm with Topher Cusumano's You're A Good Boy, Abercorn

Sometimes lesbian love means you'd like to strangle your ex, if only you didn’t need her so desperately.

A scene from Morrison's new play in development, a sequel to the erotically-charged lesbian love story, "Home In Her Heart." It's 1942 and Miss Jimmie LeRoy is desperate to reunite with the love of her life. Her ex-lover Margery shows up, ready to reopen old wounds, recall glory days, and remind Jimmie that even bitter old love can be sweet.


This is an excerpt from Morrison's new play in development, a sequel to the erotically-charged lesbian love story, "Home In Her Heart." Now it's 1942, and back in New York City, Miss Jimmie LeRoy is desperate to reunite with the love of her life. Having enjoyed the racial and sexual freedom of Europe before the war, her African-America lover is unable to readjust to American bigotry. She is gone, and Miss Jimmie desperately wants her back.

Enter Miss Jimmie’s ex-lover, Margery, who shows up to rip open old wounds and ask for a favor. Margery has wounds of her own to share, and the emotional complications lead Miss Jimmie to assess and reassess her emotions, her duties, and her future.
MORRISON and KING work perfectly together, evoking the love/hate relationship of former lovers turned friends in a perilous era.

-Karen D’Onofrio-

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Let the Little Boy Dance

a work in progress

Written by Ray Durand and Michael Shepley

Performed by Ray Durand

Directed by Michael Shepley

Mondays, April 22 and 29 at 7:30pm

No matter where we think we’re going, life has a way of putting us where we need to be.  At his 50th High School reunion, a Bayou Boy shares his journey in story and song through family business, show business – and the business of self-acceptance and love.



Advance tickets $20 (+ $2 service charge) - Tickets at the door $22

must show ID at door