ESPA Drills presents: All My Love, Kate by Joe Breen

Primary Stages ESPA Drills is an annual new play development program providing extensive workshopping, a public presentation, and advocacy within the theater community for four new plays written at least in part at Primary Stages ESPA. A staged reading of All My Love, Kate by Joe Breen will be held on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm.

Joseph Breen

What is your play about?

For years, Jack and Danny have lived quietly and privately; keeping their life together separate from the world outside their door. But after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the couple find themselves separated by an ocean, a War, and a world that would rather pretend they didn’t exist. Thrust into this new reality, they must find a way to stay as strong apart as they ever were together.

What inspired your play? How did you go about the research process?

The initial idea for my play came from a photo (below) that I found online. After that I began researching the experiences of gay Americans during WW2 and came across a book (and subsequent documentary) by Allan Berube called “Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two”. More than anything I was inspired by the idea of the countless “Gold Star” widows that went unacknowledged during the war because gay soldiers couldn’t speak of the loves they had waiting at home for them.

During the writing of this play I’ve been inundating myself with photos from the period, magazine advertisements, War Posters, etc. Also the music of the 1940’s—especially Vera Lynn, Artie Shaw, and Glen Miller—because the music from that period is so specific to the experiences of a world at war, that it truly does help set a scene and provide me with a certain mood to write in.


Primary Stages ESPA Drills will be held on October 2 and 3, 2017 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. All readings are free and open to the public. Visit our website for a full list of readings and to RSVP.

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