19. Off the Script: A Study of Techniques for Uncovering Gender-Bending Truths in the Classroom
“Tomboys and Other Gender Heroes”
Off the Script1
A Study of Techniques for Uncovering Gender-Bending Truths in the Classroom
Karleen Pendleton Jiménez
On an August evening, surrounded by fields of yellow and green, I watch a play performed in the courtyard of a century-old barn. St. Francis of Millbrook (Gilbert, 2012) is produced by 4th Line Theatre, an open-air playhouse that urges the playwrights to incorporate the culture, history, and sensibilities of the local region. The animals participate as well—impromptu calls from a barn swallow, a heroic white horse, and uninvited mosquitoes—as the sky darkens. A young man—a queer, blond Adonis, the teenage son of farmers during a year of drought—dances to Madonna as he plants the field. It becomes apparent to his family that something out of the ordinary is happening to the oldest son.