Tobias Maxwell is the author of Rafael Jerome, 2165 Hillside, and The Month After September.
The Sex and Dope Show Saga
Jed Springs’s high school production of the once controversial play The Children’s Hour was a total success in late June 1997; the talk of the community for all the right reasons. But frustrated with America’s puritanical roots and its skewed take on human sexuality—and goaded by his lover, Matt, to put up or shut up about it—Jed decides to workshop a radical idea, The Sex Show. By day, he teaches AP language courses and rehearses a production of Cabaret with his students. By night, his new play, The Sex Show, begins to take shape with a cast of fifteen eccentric LA actors. When Steve Paliri, a born-again Christian, is hired to helm Jefferson High School at the start of the new academic year, it becomes quite clear that the Christian right has gained a foothold. Jed and Matt’s dream of growing old together, having children, and living happily ever after begins to crumble.
From the improvisational to the absurd, The Sex and Dope Show Saga unwinds like a finely tuned timepiece, calibrated to explode at any minute.