Three Dykes, One of Whom Is a Man
a farce about relationships, gender, and orientation
Place: An upscale plastic/reconstructive surgery
Time: The present
Cast of six, three men and three women:
THEA: A reconstructive/plastic surgeon,
LORRAINE: A reconstructive/plastic
surgeon, Thea’s older sister, fifty-one
FORD/FRIEDA: A reconstructive/plastic surgeon,
Thea’s husband, fifty-three, but could pass for
SQUEEZE: A mid-to-late twenties man guided
by passion rather than rationality, who thinks through
his gonads. The larger part of him is without words—an
animal or savage. He spends much of the play in chains
at THEA's behest and for HELGA's pleasure.
HELGA: A sexy thirty plus year old nurse referenced
in the script as possessing
long, lean, efficient Danish legs.
TUK: A sex reassignment/reconstructive/plastic
surgeon, cross dresser, bisexual man from Thailand,
Length: 120 pages, 11 scenes, 2 hours
Set: Office/reception area of the clinic.
It includes several computers, abundant mirrors, doors
(2 minimum, the more the merrier) to various consulting
rooms and offices, and a closet appropriate for scene
The action of Three Dykes, One of Whom Is a Man occurs
in a family run plastic surgery clinic.
The rubric of conventional sexual orientation is overthrown
against a background of continuous body modifications,
and each of the characters goes through a range of sexual
permutations, arriving at the end, a changed but presumably
better person for the adventure. Thea and Ford/Frieda
begin the play dissatisfied with their 25 year marriage,
and fighting over the presence of Squeeze. Squeeze,
who thinks through his gonads instead of his head, looks
for a new face so he can stop running from the law.
Lorraine lonely from the recent break up of her long-term
relationship with Roz wants a new lover, while Tuk and
Helga mainly interest themselves with sexual high jinxes—theirs
and everyone else’s. It is a comedy so there is
a happy ending for everyone although the story gets
dark at times. It has some erotic moments on stage,
some nakedness off stage, and some explicit and lewd
language both places so it is for mature audiences.