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The winner of the SETC/Stage Rights Ready to Publish Award is J. Harvey Stone for his play 'Anthropology Lesson'.

By   Posted 4.20.2018   readytopublishaward, setc, Jharveystone, StageRights
J. Harvey Stone


Drawing from his background as a theater educator, director, and playwright residing in Williamsburg, VA; J. Harvey Stone's drama, Anthropology Lessonbegins in a classroom and tells the story of two men hiding their truth from their small Appalachian town at the same time the gay rights movement begins in earnest at the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village. 

The classroom serves as both framing device and Greek Chorus as Thomas, a clerk at a coal mine and Douglas, an English teacher on break during the summer of 1969, take in Luke, a young man having trouble at home. Suspicions arise and rumors spread tearing their lives apart. Anthropology Lesson explores and dissects both a relationship and a country where tolerance, love, and acceptance are not always spread equally.


Mr. Stone's lovely new work will have a reading at 2019's Southeastern Theatre Conference in Knoxville, TN and Anthropology Lesson will become a part of the Stage Rights catalog. More announcements about Anthropology Lesson will be made in the weeks and months ahead.