Snakes and Ladders

Written by:

Tara Goldstein

Cast Size:
20

Roles For:

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 12

Genre:

Verbatim/Research-Based

Themes:

LGBTQ+

Year Written:

2004

Synopsis:

Snakes and Ladders is a play that captures the political conflicts and tensions that occur when a group of experienced teachers, student teachers, and their students decide to put on a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Day at their high school.

Characters:

Rachel Davis: Teacher; born in Toronto; Jewish; European descent; lesbian; early 30s.

Karen Diamond: First-year principal; born in Toronto; Anglo-Saxon Protestant; European descent; straight; early 40’s.

Anne James: Teacher; born in Jamaica; African descent; straight; early 40s.

Amy Evans: Student teacher; born in Toronto; Anglo-Saxon Protestant; European descent; questioning; early 20s.

John Allen: Student teacher; born in Toronto; Anglo-Saxon Protestant; European descent; straight; late 20s.

Roberto Rodriguez: Student teacher; born in South America, immigrated to Canada at the age of 12; raised Southern Baptist; gay; early 20s.

Rahima Ali: Student teacher; born in Toronto; Muslim, Pakistani descent; straight; early 20s.

Bob Byers: Experienced principal; born in Toronto; Anglo-Saxon Protestant; European descent; straight; early 50s.

The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)

Chris: Student; born in Toronto; Anglo-Saxon Protestant; European descent; gay; 16 or 17 years old.

Helen: Student; born in Toronto; Chinese; Asian descent; straight; 16 or 17 years old.

Gail: Student; born in Toronto; Anglo-Saxon Protestant; European descent; straight; 16 or 17 years old.

2 Students and Teachers Against Racism (STAR):

Ray: Student; born in Toronto; Caribbean descent; straight; 16 or 17 years old.

Diane: Student; born in Toronto; Caribbean descent; straight; 16 or 17 years old.

Sherry: Student; born in Toronto; African and European descent; straight; 16 or 17 years old.

Young Roberto: Student; born in South America, immigrated to Canada at the age of 12; raised Southern Baptist; questioning; 15 years old.

Roberto’s friend/ Parent 1: Race and ethnicity open; as Roberto’s male friend, 15 years old; as male Parent 1, late 30s.

Hotline Counsellor/ Parent 2: Race and ethnicity open; as female hotline counsellor, early 20s; as female Parent 2, late 30s.

Roberto’s father/ Parent 3: Born in South America; Southern Baptist; as both Roberto’s father and male Parent 3, late 30s.

Roberto’s mother: Born in South America; Southern Baptist; late 30s.

Sara Phillips: Student teacher; born in Toronto; Anglo-Saxon Protestant; European descent; lesbian; early 20s.

Resources:

The PDF script for Snakes and Ladders is available through OISE.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.