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World Premiere

Best Lesbian Erotica 1995

Feb 17 - March 20, 2022
Opening Feb 26

By Miranda Rose Hall
Directed by Kym Pappas

About the Show

In this triptych of love, lust, and domestic terrorism, a joyous romp through lesbian erotic fiction collides with one of the darkest hours in U.S. history. This thrilling new play from the author of The Hour of Great Mercy (Winner: Outstanding New Play, 2019 San Diego Critics Circle Awards) is a wild ride through the heights of fantasy and the depths of horror to confront a country at war with itself, and discover how to heal after tragedy.

About the Writer

Miranda Rose Hall (she/her/hers) is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. Her plays include Plot Points in Our Sexual Development (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award in Drama), The Hour of Great Mercy (Diversionary Theatre, 2019 San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play), and The Kind Ones (upcoming Magic Theatre). She is currently under commission from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, and Playwrights Horizons SoundStage. She has developed her work with New York Theater Workshop, Baltimore Center Stage, Woolly Mammoth, The Kennedy Center, Center Theater Group / We the Women, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwright’s Realm, National New Play Network, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, EnGarde Arts, Provincetown Theater, Two River Theater, Cygnet Theater, Single Carrot Theatre, and the Orchard Project. She is a founding member of LubDub Theatre, a New York-based physical theater company.

Show Details

Stay tuned for details about the Best Lebsian Erotica 1995 cast.
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Matt Morrow HeadshotMatt’s Memo

After making such a profound impact on our community with our World Premiere of The Hour of Great Mercy, I am proud to welcome Miranda Rose Hall back to Diversionary for the World Premiere of her electrifying new work Best Lesbian Erotica 1995. Miranda’s newest work could not be more different than her award-winning debut in San Diego, demonstrating a breathtaking range as a writer. 

Best Lesbian is a “triptych” which means that it is a play told in three disparate parts. Each part is distinct: Part One is a sketch comedy lampooning lesbian erotic fiction commenting on the social progress of the LGBTQ+ movement in the 90’s. Part Two is an ensemble-driven excavation of American domestic terrorism seen through the eyes of five women. And finally, Part Three is an intimate reflection of what it means to be a Lesbian amidst the culture wars of the mid-90’s.    

The juxtaposition of placing these three stylistically-divergent parts side by side jolts us out of our expectations of how our stories are told. This approach is non-linear, inherently female, and most definitely queer. 

Is there a link between the three? Perhaps. That’s for you to determine. I will say, though, to enjoy this unique show there doesn’t need to be. The holistic experience of taking in all three of these parts in one sitting is meant to summon a feeling, an intuition, and an emotional resonance of what it means to be gay in America. It is also meant to shed light on a grave threat our community still faces: Domestic terrorism is not only a threat to our democracy, it is a threat to the existence of our LGBTQ+ way of life 26 years after the Oklahoma City bombing.

With Best Lesbian Erotica 1995, Miranda Rose Hall helps us connect the dots of where we have been, to where we are now. Like her triptych itself, the results are jubilant, startling, as well as solemnly hopeful. 

Special Events

Low-Cost Previews
Thursday, February 17th – Friday, February 25th
Youth Nights
Thursday, February 18th & February 25th at 8pm

Welcome to our Free student performances, from Diversionary Theatre. This program brings students, schools, and universities to our theater for cutting-edge LGBTQ+ programming.

First Fridays for the Military
Friday, February 18th at 8pm

To say thank you to those that serve, Diversionary offers complimentary tickets. Email boxoffice@diversionary.org for more information. 

Opening Night
Saturday, February 25th, at 8pm

Pre and post-show festivities – celebrate with the cast and company!

Backstage Thursdays: Designer Spotlight
Thursday, March 3rd, at 6pm

Join us in Clark Cabaret before the show to meet the Design Team, see a display of the concepts used in producing the show and hear the influences and process involved. A fun pre-show experience! The pre-show event starts at 6pm before the 7pm performance.

Industry Night
Monday, March 7th, at 7pm

Theatre Professionals enjoy a special discount to our only Monday evening performance! Pay-What-You-Can at the door, or $10 in advance.

Backstage Thursdays: Director Happy Hour
Thursday, March 10th, at 6pm

Join Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow and Director Kym Pappas in the Clark Cabaret for a chance to chat before the show! Pre Show event begins at 6pm, performance at 7pm.

Backstage Thursdays: Next Act!
Thursday, March 17th, at 6pm

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About Season 36: Homecoming

Diversionary bursts back into action in Season 36 with the opening of our newly renovated theatre complex, adding a third performance venue with The Austin & Joann Clark Cabaret, and four new works on our Mainstage exploring how our LGBTQ community defines home.

Decade Sponsor: Joann Clark
Season Sponsor: Bob Grinkchuk, In Memory of Reuel Olin

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