(Gay Family Drama)
by Matthew Montgomery
An openly gay artist living in Chicago struggles to put his career back on track while in the midst of what he refers to as a “five year drinking phase” when a phone call from his hometown stops him short. An ex-girlfriend has passed away leaving him an inheritance. He returns to the small town in Michigan where he grew up to attend the funeral only to find that his legacy is his ex’s only child, Maria.
Openly gay artist, Joseph Sticke, has been through the ringer lately. He’s struggling with what he calls a ” five year drinking phase” But when his iron fisted manager books him an exhibit in a prestigious Chicago gallery, it seems things could be looking up. The managing editor of Art Digest is interested in giving him mass exposure, his work is being sold and pre-sold, and he’s suddenly a most promising artist indeed. The only problem is – he hasn’t painted anything new in over a year.
The exhibit goes smashingly well and Joe is given a sense of renewed hope. Little does he know that the ring of a phone and the visit home that follows it will turn his world inside out. Joseph soon finds himself back in his Michigan hometown to attend an ex-girlfriend’s funeral. At the reading of the will, he quickly finds that inheritance doesn’t always mean equity. Instead, he finds himself bequeathed with 7 year old Maria, his ex-girlfriends only child, and HIS.
Will Joseph compromise his artistic priorities to give this little girl the home she’s lost? Or will he relinquish paternal rights to a foster center where she might be better cared for? In this modern day gay drama, a man finds himself torn between staring at a blank canvas or painting a future with something more than just stick figures.