Priest Kid tells the story of Sarah McCartney, the daughter of an female Episcopal priest. Throughout her life, Sarah has idolized her mother, longed for her mother’s attention, wanted to be her mother. Until, studying psychology in San Francisco, she meets and falls in love with a gender queer radical who doesn’t believe in monogamy. She begins to realize that her competition with her mother’s parishioners has far too much in common with her current competition with her partner’s other lovers. So she finds herself reluctantly returning home, desperately in need of her mother’s help, and newly resentful of every aspect of her mother’s life as a priest.
To make things worse, her lover, sensing that Sarah is pulling away, shows up in Iowa. And, of course, hits it off with Sarah’s mother like there’s no tomorrow. Sarah looks for comfort from her father, the quintessential nice Midwest guy, but when it comes to polyamory and someone cheating on his daughter, he wants to kick the girl back to San Francisco and keep Sarah where he knows she’ll be safe.
As her parents begin to wonder how they’ve failed her, Sarah must make the hardest of decisions—will she lose the only person she’s ever loved? Or will she lose the respect of the mother whose strength she’s always wanted to emulate?
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Lyralen Kaye, MFA Sarah Lawrence College, is a multi-genre writer. And when she can’t get enough of a story–as with Priest Kid–she’ll write it from different points-of-view in different formats. Priest Kid is a short novel based on the Meryl Streep Writing Screenplay Lab award winner Saint John the Divine in Iowa. The screenplay tells the story of the mother, Priest Kid is about the daughter. Saint John the Divine in Iowa was also a critically acclaimed play at its world premier in Boston, and was a finalist for the Roy W. Dean Award and the Pride Plays and Films Award.
And, in 2016, RUN FROM FIRE, Kaye’s feminist thriller, was a finalist for the Half the World Literati Award.
Other awards include the 2002 Lipkin Prize in Playwriting, The Boston Amazon Poetry Super Slam Finals, a finalist for the 2005 Massachusetts Council of the Arts Award, a Pushcart nomination.
When Lyralen isn’t writing, she’s acting. She was in the rom-com 27 Dresses as Katherine Heigl’s gong-banging yoga teacher and most recently played Maria Dizzia’s (Orange is the New Black) mother. She’s played moms and psycho killers, ambitious psychiatrists and mentally ill philanthropists, an upper class ditz and a lesbian cop. She prides herself on being willing to try anything once. Or twice. Three times within reason.
Lyralen also directs theater–she gets together with groups of people, gets them to tell their stories, and then constructs a group narrative. She’s worked with boys and men, immigrants and teens, with text-based plays and movement based short projects.
As if this wasn’t enough, she’s also been a yoga teacher, a writing and acting teacher, a meditation practitioner. She ran with the bulls in Pamplona and taught English in Tokyo. She worked in the inner city to help failing schools, marched on Washington a few times, and created the multicultural event SLAMBoston, Diverse Voices in Theatre.
Currently, she splits her time between Toronto, Boston and New York.