A Roadside Garden


As the play opens, we see a young man, Jamie, silently but angrily digging in dirt. He is gardening, but there are sounds of traffic around him. We learn, slowly, that Jamie’s lover, Stephen, has died of AIDS, that Jamie has quit his job, given up his apartment, dropped out of touch with his angry family, and is spending his days creating a flower garden in a patch of waste formed along a city street as a memorial to Stephen.


“The subject is not new: the bitter difficulty of living as a gay person in a homophobic or at best uncomprehending society, in an era in which understanding—to say nothing of love—is made that much harder by the plague of AIDS. But what Bock does with this subject is new and often beautiful. His play is filled with genuine, human relationships, in which love is no guarantee against terrible pain, irreconcilable anger and loss. It is a play filled with language and images of striking aptness and often whimsical loveliness.” – Patriot-Ledger

Premiered at Nora Theater, Boston
Directed by Eric Engel
With Mimi Huntington, Faith Justice, Jim O’Brien, Jacqui Parker and Liam Sullivan