Mercedes - A One-Act Radio Drama
Written by Carly Beyer
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Written and produced during the 2020-21 Lawrence University school year through the Biennial Fred Gaines Student Playwrighting Series, "Mercedes" is a 1-Act drama exploring domestic abuse against LGBTQIA+ youth and how that has been exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of attempting to finish school entirely online, Sophie (Carly Beyer) and her unemployed brother, Gage (Carsten Aloin), are forced to move in with their traditionalist and religious aunt after their mother's death. Sophie is graduating with no ceremony, and Gage is discouraged at applying for work in a nonexistent market. With little left to lose, a secret relationship grants one sibling one last chance at a happy life, but only minutes to escape the house forever.