Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Marci McMahon

Second Advisor

Dr. Jean Braithwaite

Third Advisor

Dr. Eric Wiley


I,metaboy is a stage play about a young homosexual couple, one a soldier and the other a writer, during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2000s and the struggles they encounter in their relationship when the soldier marries a woman to pass in the military. The story follows in the tradition of other Queer literatures that explore the state of the trope of the homosexual male within his given historical period. This historically places the identity. I,metaboy is based on an amalgamation of imagery from a variety of media (theatre, literature, TV, film, social policy, historical texts, myths, etc.) of the homosexual male from Plato up until the repeal of the military policy, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2012.


Copyright 2013 Mario Leal Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American