Collective creation - Ian Mullan, Sam Horak, Jason Vautour, Adrian Bruhm
Man of indeterminable age who has lived in his apartment for an undetermined amountof time. He is the “Sissydude” in the show’s title. Sarcastic and aloof he’s a campy character who’s obsessed with death, collecting things, and wearing extravagant outfits. Based on thegay blogger John Webster who runs the sexually charged website sissydude.com.
Small town lesbian who still has some small town ideals Laurie enjoys her friendshipswith gay men. Fascinated by the idea of luck, and who is or isn’t lucky she allows herself tobelieve in things like fate even though she it otherwise a rational person. Laurie and Jamieunderstand one another in their insults and sarcasm, and she cares for Frank like an older sister.
Raised on a mink farm and sent to private school, his isolation has given him a narrowview on human personalities and relationships. He is vain but only recently aware of hisattractiveness. He’s drawn to the assertive personalities of Laurie and Jamie, but frustrated bytheir distrust in the world.
Jamie places an ad in the paper to sublet his Gottingen street apartment. Laurie and Frankshow up separately eager to rent the place even before Jamie had planned to leave. Rather than be displaced Jamie invites both of them to live with him until he is ready to move out at theend of the month. They reluctantly accept the offer from the bizarre character who reveals littleabout himself or the new home they’ve moved into other than a bizarre humming noise and awall of portraits. Laurie and Frank are suspicious of Jamie, but his flamboyant personality puts them both atease. The three roommates grow closer to one another despite Jamie revealing nothing of his past and the lack of signs that there are any other tenants living in the apartment building.When Frank and Laurie discover a bedroom filled with hoards of stuff, they demand it becleared for them and Jamie goes on the defensive. Frank privately approaches Jamie about the inconsistencies in his story, ending theconfrontation in the bedroom. The humming which has plagued the apartment since the play’sstart grows loud and turn to calls for the souls of Frank and Laurie. The portraits come alive asformer tenants and Jamie is outed as the gatekeeper to an underworld hungry for life. With thecloset door pulling the roomates in Jamie shows he has mended his ways by trying to save hisnew friends. Taking decisive action to offer a permanent solution Laurie decides to burn theplace down and seal the gates once and for all.