"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

By Joshua Conkel

“…makes the schlep to Queens well worthwhile….don’t be fooled by all the campiness: Seething just beneath the play’s ridiculous surface are the anger and despair of growing up gay in America’s heartland, where escapist fantasy is key to survival. Of course it’s subversive fun, but with the recent spate of queer youth suicides and election-year gay-baiting one can’t help but realize that this batch of MilkMilkLemonade tastes especially bittersweet.” – Paul Menard, Time Out NY (4 Stars)

October 28 – November 13, 2010



Emory is an effeminate 11-year-old boy who lives on a farm with his chain smoking Nanna and his only friend, a depressed chicken about to be processed. Nanna wishes Emory would get his head out of the clouds, stop choreographing ribbon stick dance numbers, and be more like Elliot, the boy down the road with a penchant for burning things. But Emory and Elliot have a relationship — just not one Nanna would expect or approve of. With absurd, poignant dialog and brutal characterizations, MilkMilkLemonade is a bitterly funny exploration of gender, sexuality, life, death, and the human body.

Sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.


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Returning to the (Milk) Well – (TDF Stages)

‘MilkMilkLemonade’ Tackles Childhood Bullying and More – (Leonard Jacobs, City’s Best)

The Milkman Cometh Back: MilkMilkLemonade gets a revival (

APAC opens 10th season with acclaimed ‘MilkMilk’ (

Astoria Performing Arts Center to Stage Human Comedy and MilkMilkLemonade (

The Human Comedy, MilkMilkLemonade, et al. Part of Astoria Performing Arts Center’s 2010-2011 Season (

APAC Celebrates Its Tenth Season With MilkMilkLemonade And More (


“…hip influences, which range from John Waters films to Charles Busch spoofs to Pee-wee’s Playhouse, with some pop musical interludes. But Conkel does this better than most, and he is helped by a uniformly excellent cast of five…” – Jonathan Mandell, The Faster Times

“If John Waters were to make an after-school special, it might look like this. …one of the smartest I’ve seen about how bullying and cruelty, whether from children or adults, infects a child’s psyche. It’s impossible to be “true to yourself” if you’re not allowed to figure yourself out in the first place.” – Jason Fitzgerald, Back Stage (Critics Pick)

“Conkel utilizes almost every conceivable stereotype and cliche in the book to tell his tale, but in such an original way that the entire enterprise is completely fresh. His is a unique voice. – Mark Lord, Queens Chronicle

“It’s hard to find words to describe Astoria Performing Arts Center’s production of MilkMilkLemonade; yet, brilliant, hysterical, surreal and mind-blowing are a few that come to mind. To be more specific, it is a performance piece that defies all expectations and preconceived notions of what theater is or should be.” – Georgina Young-Ellis, The Queens Chronicle

As tender and playful an exploration of sexual awakening and growing up as ever there was. And talking chickens!” – Tzipora Kaplan, Theatre Is Easy

“An absurdist script par excellence, Joshua Conkel conjures a coming out tale that is so relevant today it’s frightening.” – Stephanie Schroeder, GO Magazine

Blog Posts

Riding a Weird Bicycle (Michael Cyril Creighton on the MilkMilkLemonade Remount)

Heartbreaking and Hilarious (Nikole Beckwith on the MilkMilkLemonade Remount)

Hearing Lines Differently (Andy Phelan on the MilkMilkLemonade Remount)

Seeing New Possibilities (Actress Jess Barbagallo on the MilkMilkLemonade Remount)

Award Winning Actress Jennifer Harder Chirps About MilkMilkLemonade Remount

The World We’re Inside Of (Jason Simms On Designing the MilkMilkLemonade Set)

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  1. […] perspective.  If we look more closely at our two mainstage productions, Joshua Conkel’s MilkMilkLemonade and the musical The Human Comedy, book and lyrics by William Dumaresq, music by Galt MacDermot, MML […]

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