Playwright Dolores Klinsky Walker
Talks About "Not My Son"
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
My son-in-law asked me to write a play dealing with homosexuality. He hoped it could be used in his church to cause some people to have a more open mind toward homosexuals.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
Probably when Ashley comes out swinging her bra. A friend suggested that, and I loved the audacity.
WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
I was raised in a fundamentalist church, and I have a gay son. The questions discussed in the play are ones I personally wrestled to the ground when I learned my college-age son was gay. What I had assumed was true of homosexuals did not fit my son, so I took a long second look at familiar Bible verses and found credible Christians who saw those verses in a different light.
WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
So many people just assume homosexuality is bad. I hope this play will lead them to examine their assumptions.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
I highly recommend two books that are referred to in the script: “Stranger at the Gate” by Mel White and “Thou Shalt Not Love - What Evangelicals Really Say to Gays” by Patrick M. Chapman, Ph.D. Another one, not specifically referenced in the play, is “Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America.”