It’s awesome to see LGBT characters represented onstage! As a queer woman, I love when two women are love interests in a story. Here are 5 plays where this happens (and bonus- they’re all plays by female playwrights):


Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl

Published 2002

Queer characters: Joan, Frances

Synopsis: “Tilly’s melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy, and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours. Frances, Tilly’s hairdresser, becomes so melancholy that she turns into an almond. It is up to Tilly to get her back.”

(I had the opportunity to play Joan this year and the script is hilarious!)

Melancholy Play. Belmont University. 2022


The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter

Published 2018

Queer characters: Jen, Macy

Synopsis: “In Bekah Brunstetter’s touching and topical dramatic comedy, a vivacious, conservative North Carolina baker named Della faces a crisis of conscience when Jen – whom she loves like a daughter – asks her to bake a cake for Jen’s lesbian wedding.”


The Cake. Nashville Repertory Theatre. 2022


Body Awareness by Annie Baker

Published 2009

Queer characters: Joyce, Phyllis

Synopsis: “Annie Baker’s off-Broadway debut is a tart, funny and heartbreaking look at a contemporary family as they wrestle with issues of communication, expression and the human body.”


Body Awareness. Mitch and Murray Productions. 2019.



The Moors by Jen Silverman

Published 2017

Queer characters: Emilie, Agatha

Synopsis: “Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, and dream of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.”


The Moors. Yale Repertory Theatre. 2016.


Indecent by Paula Vogel

Published 2017

Queer characters: Reina, Dine

Synopsis Indecent is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. The play charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.”

Indecent. Shubert Organization. 2016.


Credit for production photos to the respective companies.


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