The Juggler's Act by William Parsons | Script Revolution

The Juggler's Act

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An unexpected chance to honor his dreams threatens to destroy forever the acceptance an outed gay teenager has battled to regain from his grandfather, the family’s rigid patriarch.
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Mike, a lonely, outed gay teenager, is having more than his share of days from hell: bullies; his family’s expectations; the class clown’s intense attention and strange question, “How do you do it?”. He decides to please everyone else by entering a student art competition, which means just adding that to his juggler’s act of avoiding the bullies, getting his grades up, winning back everyone’s—especially his rigid, patriarchal grandfather’s—acceptance. And oh, yeah, Mike’s dealing with his newfound love for his parents’ liquor cabinet. Add to all this his best friend keeps pushing him to honor what a natural singer and dancer he is, something that would just enrage his grandfather if Mike ever dared let the old man find out.

Mike experiences ups: he protects younger classmates at school from the bullies; he places high in the art competition; he’s re-united with his beloved cousin. But he also experiences downs: he alienates his friends; he drinks too much; and he lets his best friend talk him into watching the auditions for the school musical as she goads him to throw his hat in. All this only leaves him to discover it all just leads to exhaustion, disappointment, and despair at the prospect of the half-lived life.

In the end, Mike must respond by making the most important—and the most personal—decision of his young life, a decision which could wreck the family business and the family overall as well as ruin his tenuously-repaired relationship with his grandfather but which could also set free his heart and soul aching to express who and what Mike truly, at his deepest self, is all about.

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The Writer: William Parsons

"Do not fear death; fear the unlived life." Ever since I read that advice given by Pa Tuck in Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, I have thought of that as my rallying call.  I do not want to come to the end of my days (at 49 years old, still—so I hope—a ways off) and look back and realize to my horror, "Wow, what a waste!"  A product of a bad childhood, I have stumbled through my adulthood, always though managing to keep on the path of my own happiness.  The one constant through all of it has been my writing, which has lived in symbiosis with my meandering that path.  My writing has served as my journal of that journey, and my journey has provided me the well of emotions and experiences... Go to bio

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