Before Lesbians

"The only thing good about this war is being able to see you."


When Charlotte and Vivian meet, they are about to marry their fiancÚs who are leaving to fight for President Lincoln. Through letters and visits, Charlotte and Vivian nurture their friendship, sharing books and projects to support the troops and their husbands. In an era where women were not recognized as sexual beings and when words did not exist for women falling in love, Charlotte and Vivian struggle to understand the confusing feelings they are developing for each other while the Civil War rages on.

Oberlin College Reading

Directed by Zoe Kushlefsky

James-Will Osborn
Charlotte-Delaney Kelley
Henry-Kieran Minor
Vivian-Leah Treidler

Read the first five pages of Before Lesbians!

Read the bonus "Surprise Me" page!

This script is available for purchase.


An old-fashioned photo of two women sitting side by side with book