We're excited to announce that our next project, Johnnie Walker's Shove It Down My Throat, will receive its world premiere next March/April in co-production with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, as a part of their 40th season.
To celebrate the landmark anniversary, the world's largest & longest running Queer theatre company, has commissioned various artists to write articles on each show in their season. Below is an excerpt from Dave Deveau's piece on Shove It Down My Throat (you can read the full article on the Buddies website, linked below).
ON LUKE O’DONOVAN
By Dave Deveau
In 2013, Luke Donovan, a 19-year-old self-described queer anarchist, was involved in an altercation following a New Year’s party. A group of men (between five and 12 of them, depending on the source) hurled homophobic slurs and physically attacked him. This may have been an escalation from comments made earlier in the night. In a statement, Luke said that “in an attempt to defend myself from the attack [which] I thought could end my life, I stabbed five of them, while also being stabbed three times myself.”
Luke was charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, yet none of his alleged attackers were charged. Facing a gobsmacking 110-year sentence if convicted by a jury, Luke agreed to a plea deal of two years in prison, followed by eight years on probation and, even more strangely and archaically, banishment from his home state of Georgia, save one small rural county far from his community and home.
Judge Todd Markle claimed that words like “faggot,” which Luke’s assailants had used, were inoffensive and akin to calling someone a “baby.” He said he wished he could hand out a tougher sentence and found Luke’s attackers to be “very impressive” on the stand.
I wish I could say it gets less weird from there. That it ends triumphantly. That justice has found its way through. But instead, the curious case becomes more shrouded in questions the more you dig; different opinions, perspectives, and supposed witnesses deliver drastically different accounts of what was going on. The complexities of the case and the unfathomable bias present in Luke’s sentencing are shocking. Scandalous. It’s the kind of reading you sink your teeth into only to find your blood boiling. How can this make any sense?