Yellow chronicles a year in the life of the perfect family in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Bobby Westmoreland, a high school football coach, and his wife Kate, a respected therapist, have two ambitious children in high school. Their son Dayne is the golden football star while their daughter Gracie is an overly-dramatic actress. Gracie’s best friend is a young gay boy, Kendall, who is at constant odds with his abusive, fundamentalist mother, Sister Timothea. The play opens with the start of the football season and high school auditions for “Oklahoma.” Everything falls apart when an unexpected tragedy rocks the Westmoreland family to the breaking point. Yellow explores the themes of cowardice, intolerance and the damage caused to families by secrets, rejection and the difficulty of forgiveness.
A departure from the comedy of earlier works, Del Shores’ Yellow is the award-winning playwright’s most dramatic play to date. The play was one of the most awarded Los Angeles plays of 2010, winning Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Production and Best World Premiere Play.
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KeywordsAdolescence, Betrayal, Illness/Health, LGBT issues, Marriage, Parenting/Family, Religion, Sports
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast, Roles for Teens, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Target Audience: Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)