By Drew Shikoh
When a lost gay youth discovers hate unsettlingly close to home, he must find the inner strength to make a place for himself in the world.
David Roussel is a teen struggling to find his place in the world. His tense relationship with his father, Jean Roussel, has deteriorated rapidly in the years since his mother’s suicide, and David has turned to partying as a means of escape. When one such night brings his sexuality into open conflict with Jean, David comes face to face with his father’s secret and violent double life, leaving him to question what it means to be a man and where he goes from here.
David Roussel (M/18-25) – Conspicuously intelligent from an early age, David Roussel is now a good-looking and razor-sharp young man. He is charming and funny, but the self-deprecating tone of his sense of humor betrays an underlying self-doubt that has grown as he’s aged. Much of this insecurity is rooted in a tense relationship with his father, Jean, who’s rigid principles of masculinity clash with David’s sexuality. David has begun to take satisfaction in small moments of rebellion against his father and has built a habit of escaping through parties and heavy drinking. Yet through all of this, David desperately is searching for some deeper meaning and above all seeks to discover how he fits into the world around him. Role requires depiction of drinking/smoking and some close contact (i.e dancing) with another male actor.
Jean Roussel (M/40s-50s) – Jean Roussel is a man with the need to take control of every conversation. Jean was raised with an inflexible concept of masculinity, and as far as he’s concerned, his position as “man of the house” as an official title. He maintains the belief that he holds executive authority over any and every family decision. His rigid code of manhood was instilled in him by his own father at a young age, and he was brought up to see his role as a man as central to his role in his family. Following the death of his wife, Desiree, Jean has increasingly struggled to connect with his son, who he sees as failing to live up to his duty as a Roussel man. As he struggles to reach the goals he’s set for the family business, Jean’s anger has reached a boiling point, and in order to regain a sense of his own manhood, Jean has resorted to bursts of violence against those he views as unworthy, especially those that are gay or genderqueer. Role Requires some depictions of implied violence and some hateful attitudes.
Jay (M/18-25) – Infectiously charming and confident, Jay first meets David at a party. After some dancing and a casual hookup, the two part ways. However, when Jay again crosses his path following an emotional confrontation between David and his father, their connection becomes much more personal. Jay is riveted listening to David describe his tumultuous family life, and soon becomes a beacon of empowerment for David. The bond between the two young men grows quickly, but Jay’s interest in David becomes much more dangerous than either of them could’ve ever predicted when it leaves Jay squarely in David’s father’s crosshairs. Role requires some depictions of drinking and some close contact (i.e dancing) with male actor.