I went to NYC with Board Member Lawrence Dillon and PRISCILLA star Rudy Guerrero to see queer plays for possible Rhino productions. We saw a ton of great stuff, some definite possibilities. Kudos to EVERY NYC producer we asked – they ALL graciously comped us in!
Here are a few pics and comments about the shows from their respective web pages.
“Afterglow” is a raw, one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships.
Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged.
After the show we had to visit the iconic Stonewall Inn. It was a zoo and featured a show hosted by a talented Drag Queen who sang well and was having a lot of fun with the locals.
A Letter to Harvey Milk:
San Francisco. 1986. What could Harry, an amiable but lonely retired kosher butcher have in common with Barbara, his young lesbian writing teacher at the senior center? Is it enough to bridge the divide?
When Harry fulfills a writing assignment to compose a letter to someone from his past who’s dead, he writes not to his late wife Frannie, but to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay political leader in California. Barbara is stunned. Harry’s letter evokes life-changing revelations that neither could have foreseen. This musical — with its soaring score and deeply-felt, surprisingly funny lyrics — deals with issues of friendship and loss, the grip of the past, and the hard-won acceptance set in motion by the most unexpected people.
Sex Tips to a Straight Woman from a Gay Man:
This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the authors event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky stage assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the authors event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Will Stefan’s muscles be used for more than moving heavy scenery? Will the power of Dan’s tips prove too titillating for even Robyn to resist? As with everything at this event…that is for Dan to know, and you to find out!
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort—like so many gay boys before him and after—in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone.
Patti Issues marks Rimalower’s debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men’s time-old obsessions with divas.
On a side note, Ben includes a story of producing an Off-Broadway play called “Joy” that in his words “flopped”. That play was originally, “The Joy of Gay Sex“ written by John Fisher that was a huge success in San Francisco. Ben was a student of John’s at U.C. Berkeley and they are still friends.
Bright Colors and Bold Patterns:
Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot, because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says “Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns.” In the struggle for equality, what do we really want? What do we lose?
And is there any cocaine left?
A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life as the seductively pan-sexual and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.
Going to see Placido Domingo at the Met! Well, what do you expect if you send two opera queens to NY!!