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Light Switch

Dave Osmundsen
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Henry Sullivan, 27, single, gay, and autistic, lives his life vicariously through the heroes and heroines of the 19th-century British novels he devours. But no marriage plot has prepared him for dating as a contemporary gay man. When he meets a potential match in Joseph, every romantic notion of his will finally come true — or will it? Hilarious and heartbreaking, LIGHT SWITCH tells the story of one remarkable young man's journey toward love and acceptance over the span of twenty years.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (1 female, 4 male, doubling)
Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“LIGHT SWITCH is a vital and important theatrical piece. Dave Osmundsen, a gay, autistic playwright, weaves his personal experiences as both child and an adult into a passionate tapestry of loving relationships and insights into the autistic mind. LIGHT SWITCH will have you on the edge of your seat with riveting humor as well as deeply felt emotional moments, portrayed in a manner that is engaging, entertaining and educational. Its messages go well beyond the world of autism and LGBTQ relationships, and will be meaningful for those whose lives are touched by autism as well as those whose lives are not (or not yet).” —Barry M Prizant, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

“With LIGHT SWITCH, Osmundsen has created one of the great central characters of contemporary theater in a beautifully written story existing at the intersection of neurodiversity and queerness. The play is a classic example of the specific being universal. What defines us as individuals differs in the details, yet we are all after the same things in life. Just like the main character Henry, we all seek love. I highly recommend this play for theaters with young ensembles and for people interested in sitting down to read a fantastic play that will entertain and move them.” —Brian James Polak, playwright and host of The Subtext podcast

“Its intersectional importance aside, LIGHT SWITCH is simply a magnificent, skillfully-written play. It tells the story of a challenged, often challenging, but always endearing young man who is learning how to love.” —Michael John Carley, Founder, GRASP, Director, the Connections Program for New York University’s global Autistic Students, Author, The Book of Happy, Positive, and Confident Sex for Adults on the Autism Spectrum … and Beyond!

“With LIGHT SWITCH, Dave Osmundsen has deftly written a beautifully poignant play of first love and self-acceptance through an Autistic lens. The relationships in the play are painfully complicated and fully realized by the playwright’s keen observations of young people colliding in a world of love, sex, intimacy and intellectualism. It’s a world I didn’t know, but a world that I’m grateful Dave gave me a tender glimpse of.” —Gary Garrison, playwright, and author of Perfect 10: Writing and Producing the 10-Minute Play

About the Author


  • Dave Osmundsen

    Dave Osmundsen (He/Him/His) is an Autistic playwright and dramaturg whose work explores the intersections of queerness and neurodiversity. His work has been seen and developed at KCACTF Region 8, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, B Street Theatre, the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwest Dramatists Conference, Phoenix Theatre Company, Clamour Theatre Company, Premiere Stages, and more. He was one of two recipients of the Blank Theatre and Ucross Foundation's inaugural Future of Playwriting Prize. His play LIGHT SWITCH received its world premiere with Spectrum Theatre Ensemble in April 2022. LIGHT SWITCH was also the 2021 Distinguished Achievement recipient of the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, an Honorable Mention finalist for BAPF 2021, longlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award, a finalist for the 2020 Carlo Annoni Playwriting Prize, and a semi-finalist for the 2020 National Playwrights Conference. His one-act, A FIREWORK UNEXPLODED, was a semi-finalist for the NYC Audio Theatre Writing Contest and was produced by Pint-Sized in London. His plays have been published by or are forthcoming in The Dionysian, Canyon Voices, Exposition Review and Broadway Play Publishing. MFA: Arizona State University.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/25/2022
Pages 86
ISBN 9780881459333

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Light Switch is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


12/1/2022 – 12/3/2022
Southern Utah University
Cedar City, UT