Two years after a gay-bashing scarred the fraternity’s reputation, how will the brothers react when someone comes out of the closet?
Bring this powerful award-winning play to your campus.
Meet Dan Bernitt, the creator of Phi Alpha Gamma.
Know this: Phi Alpha Gamma is about far more than homophobia.
In the video above, he discusses how this play can help start a conversation on your campus about creating, holding, and honoring boundaries—and how to build stronger relationships and communities of respect and dignity.
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The play explores the fears underneath hatred. As a gay man, it was difficult for Dan to be compassionate for the people who were hostile toward him. He realized through writing that love was the path to understanding.
Joining Greek life, or any social club, can be enormously beneficial and build a profound sense of community. The play shows what can happen when honesty, integrity, and compassion are tossed aside.
Instead of a lecture talking at students, use the power of a dramatic story to drive home important first-year student skills like responsibility, decision-making, cultural sensitivity, and handling conflicts
Dan's creative work focuses on why people behave the way they do. Several social science fields of study will see their concepts revealed in the story, including psychology, sociology, gender and masculinity studies, organizational behavior, criminal justice, and violence.
Our ethics and morals guide how we approach our lives and resolve conflicts. In the play, we see what can happen when we deny others empathy or fail to connect with our emotions.
As students begin their careers, they'll work with a variety of personalities in the workplace. True leaders listen, plan, and engage. In the play, we witness the fraternity's leadership spiral from fear and ultimately make destructive decisions.
Dan's play takes place on a college campus. Being a student can be fraught with life changes, stress and anxiety, and crises. Some lessons of the play are to work through emotional issues, nurture strong relationships, and establish boundaries with those who try to deceive us.
Writing this play fundamentally changed Dan as a person and a writer. By seeking to understand perspectives he opposes, not dismissing them, he learned to use language and emotion to build a bridge instead of furthering a divide.
In addition to his work as a touring performing artist, Dan has worked in marketing, sales, project management, and human resources. He brings an interdisciplinary approach to how the performing arts can inform a variety of career paths.
Dan Bernitt is an award-winning playwright, performer, and teaching artist.
Hailed as “one of America’s next great monologists,” he’s been performing and touring his work in venues across the United States since 2004. He’s also performed internationally in Ireland and Italy.
A recipient of the Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting, his books, Dose: Plays & Monologues and Phi Alpha Gamma, were named finalists for the Lambda Literary Award.
Regularly a guest teaching artist at colleges and universities, he has served on the faculty at Amherst College and Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and is currently assistant professor at Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
In the clip above, we meet one of the characters: Aaron, a young man now in prison for committing a gay-bashing. He’s writing a letter to one of the brothers still in the fraternity.
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