[Rackham] The Special Friend: Considerations for Practitioners Working with the LGBTQ+ Community

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Dawn Richberg,

A moving, 10-minute sketch about a mother who dies with a family secret that spurs feuding between the two daughters and grieving husband she leaves behind. When her mother passes away, Cori expects that coping with the loss will be tough. What she hadn’t counted on was having to negotiate with her sister and father for full inclusion in her mother’s obituary. This play explores the challenges a family faces as they confront their own attitudes about acceptance and visibility while trying to honor the memory of a loved one. Written by playwright Dawn Richberg, this short play explores some of the issues faced by those in the LGTBQ community. A discussion with the playwright and the actors will follow. 


Dawn Richberg

Playwright and poet Dawn Richberg is an Ann Arbor-based writer currently working on an M.F.A. in playwriting at Western Michigan University. Her ten-minute play The Special Friend was chosen for selection in the 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Dawn’s goal as a writer is to use the page and the stage to tell good stories, particularly stories that affirm the lives and diversity of experiences of African Americans.

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