CUSTODY by Patrick Thomas McCarthy


In CUSTODY, a gay comedy of 1990s manners-lessness, three men, pursue one woman, and each other, for CUSTODY of their children, memories & photo albums. Covering Shannon’s 40th, 41st & 42nd birthdays in 1994, 1995, & 1996, CUSTODY features the issues & fashions of that era, including straight women who love gay men & the straight men who love them and try to be more like gay men to get women to love them back.

CUSTODY is truly a sub-urban comedy set in a semi-tasteful apartment with four exits & one closet. By asking who’s going out & who’s coming in, CUSTODY pays tribute to rom-com-ishness, boulevard farce and even HandToGod, without the profanity. And in an effort to provide something for everyone, CUSTODY even includes America’s only child with Dutch Elm Disease.



Brendan: late 30’s/early 40’s, straight looking, an English teacher

Shannon: her 40th, 41st & 42nd birthdays, an English teacher

Peter: seemingly dull, dependable, straight, 40’s

Ted: 20’s/30’s/40’s, he keeps his promises, Brendan’s too understanding boyfriend



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Approximately 100 minutes



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