david adam gill PLAYWRIGHT / screenwriter

Michael Katz has a problem: he's just come out of the closet, and it's not going particularly well.  First, his mother shows up unexpectedly in the midst of a snowstorm to ambush him with (among other things) the daughter-in-law of her dreams. Then his best friend selfishly decides to start putting her own needs above his (and it's still snowing)! On top of everything, the one person who's willing to put up with him is the only person he doesn't want anything to do with (at least that's what he keeps telling himself), leaving Michael to wonder, is this really the course of true love, or is it some social experiment gone horribly wrong? And why won't it stop snowing?!!


​Michael Katz has come out to his mother for a second time, the first time not having gone well and driven him to a nervous breakdown.  This time, though, his mother arrives in town on a mission to make certain he gets "fixed"- doing whatever it takes. Set in Chicago in the midst an unseasonable blizzard, "Experimenting with Katz" deals with issues of coming out, and the repercussions from family and friends, and through comedy, highlights the absurdity of those whose who use their ignorance about the LGBT community as a justification for their actions, while ultimately proving harmful to the very people they love.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE:


MICHAEL KATZ, a man in his mid 30's, a visual artist

ADELE STROBE, a woman in her mid 30's, Michael's close friend

KEVIN BROCCOLI (ELLA VADER), a man in his early 30's, a Gender Illusionist

RUSSELL DUNHILL, a man in his late 30's, a meteorologist

KATHERINE "KITTY" KATZ, a woman in her late 50's, Michael's mother

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"EXPERIMENTING WITH KATZ"