In Treat Me Different, Marshall (teen) is struggling to come to terms with his identity and he tries to open up to his father about his inner conflict.
MARSHALL: Why can’t I just talk to you? You’re my father, ain’t ya?
JIM: Don’t you start getting wise with me.
MARSHALL: But you are! When you ever gonna be there for me the way I need you to be there for me? I can never talk to you cause you never really listen to what it is I’m trying to say. I’m trapped! I can’t talk to Mama cause she hates my guts, I got no friends cause they all treat me different and I don’t want to be different, I just want to fit in and be like everybody else and I don’t know how cause I can’t connect with anyone the way I know myself to be and I refuse to connect with myself because I don’t like who I am and I don’t wanna be who I am and I have no where to go!
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In the one act play MAPLE ROAD, Marshall struggles with his identity and turns to his father, who doesn’t seem to be able to help him.