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Seeking a copy of “Geese” by Gus Weill
July 1, 2017

I’m currently conducting research into gay theater of the early 1970s, and hoping you might be able to help me track down the script of a play called “Geese” by Gus Weill.

It was produced off-Broadway in 1969 and ran for more than 300 performances. Subsequently, it was performed in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

As far as I know, the play was never published, and the ONE Archive at USC does not have a copy of the script.

Thank you.

Dr. Jordan Schildcrout
Theatre and Performance
Purchase College, SUNY

Dustin Lance Black, keynote speaker for the Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker Dedication
July 27, 2016

Academy Award-winning screenwriter and LGBT activist, Dustin Lance Black, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker Dedication.

The Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker will designate where 300 activists from around the country met, in February 1979, to organize the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The seminal 100,000-person demonstration, which took place on October 14, 1979, defined a national civil rights movement. A leader for a march on the National Mall was San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. When he was assassinated in November 1978, San Francisco activists called for a Philadelphia Conference to fulfill his dream.

Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, filmmaker and social activist. He has won the Academy Award® and two WGA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for “Milk.” He is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which successfully led the federal cases for marriage equality in California and Virginia with lawyers David Boise and Ted Olson, putting an end to California’s discriminatory Proposition 8.

Full list of events:

July 27th from 11–11:30am
Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Information: Brad Luna, LUNA+EISENLA media, 202-812-8140;

Jason Stuart Received the Jose Julio Sarria International Civil Rights Award
September 2015

Jason Stuart

Openly gay actor, comedian and advocate Jason Stuart received the 2015 Jose Julio Sarria International Civil Rights Award on September 24, 2015.

Since coming out in show business 22 years ago, Jason has worked to push the boundaries against equality for all in the entertainment industry, including co-creating the SAG-AFTRA LGBT Actors Committee.

“I feel so honored and proud. I have been working with SAG-AFTRA for the last nine years to support out, gay members, and to set in place safer employment for them. But, the main reason is to create more job opportunities for openly gay union members. We are artists and want to work at our craft. I know I do. My goal is for this committee to become unnecessary.” - Jason Stuart
Last year in Las Vegas, He ran his stand-up comedy show, “I’m Only Gay on the Weekends.” In 2016, Jason will appear in a supporting role as “Joseph Randall” in The Birth Of a Nation, by filmmaker Nate Parker, who also stars as “Nat Turner.” The story follows a former slave in America, who leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina, which results in a violent retaliation from white people.
“It means so much to me as a Jew and a gay man who has fought for equal rights for most of my career. The idea that Nat Turner risked his life for his brothers and sisters stuck in slavery in 1831 moves me in such a big way. It’s still going on in so many levels with “Black Lives Matter” now. My hope is that this film sheds light on that subject, and that people take notice. All men and women are created equal. That very simple sentence is what a lot of my life is about, and being able to show it through my work as an actor, is the greatest gift. I thank the filmmaker Nate Parker for that.” - Jason Stuart
A sample of Jason’s comedy can be heard on his new mini-CD, “I’m the daddy and I Have candy,” which is available on his web site:

For photos and more performance information:

See Jason in our article: Touring Performers

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
2015 Playwriting Competition Results
All are plays, except when noted otherwise.

First Prize - $3,000

“The Bottom of the Sea” by Cody Daigle
Hiding out in a sleazy New Orleans hotel in 1958 and facing writer’s block, an elegantly disheveled Tennessee Williams is joined by the great actress Anna Magnani, a fireball full of sex and smarts; a journeyman screenwriter, unscathed by Hollywood, sent to “help” him meet the studio’s deadline; and a closeted young man in a closeted era whom Williams picked up in an alleyway. A drama with sparkling touches of wit, this winner captures the agonies of creation and the yearnings of love through characters Williams might have written himself.
“I'm incredibly grateful for this recognition by the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation,” says winner Daigle. “Telling queer stories is essential to making a safe and empowering space in the world for queer people, so it's very exciting to be honored by an organization which so fully and lovingly supports their creation.”
Second Prize - $1,500 each
“The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein” by Edward Einhorn
Asks the question, “If Alice and Gertrude had a wedding, why would they and who would come and what would they bring and how would they manage?”
Writing in the style of Stein, with his tongue firmly in cheek, Einhorn has concocted a heady guest list of 1920s literati and their friends coming together to celebrate in a “French farce” of epic proportions.

“The Operators” by Norman Allen
A conveniently forgotten chapter of American history. In 1919 the U.S. Navy, with the approval of a young FDR, set out to purge its ranks of homosexuals, assigning sailors (called “operators”) to entrap men by seducing them. Through the characters of a gay chaplain and the sailor selected to destroy him, the play is a thought-provoking look at honest emotions amid the perils of authorized bigotry.

Honorable Mentions - $500 each
“The Mutant Man” by Christopher Bryant
An inventive drama set in 1916 New Zealand and recalling the tragedy of a trans man accused and convicted in the murder of his wife.

“Chasing Charles” by JJ Buechner
Honoring Charles Elsen, who was wigmaker to the opera stars of the 1970s and ’80s.

A Kind of Marriage by Charles Leipart
The story of E.M. Forster’s long-term relationship with “Constable Bob” and his obliging wife, May.

“One Very Long Moment” by Amanda Padoan
A well-researched nonfiction play set in Malawi and South Africa, which tells the story of Tiwonge, a trans woman facing a 14-year prison term for marrying a man.

“Immortalizing Raymond” by James Rosenfield (his second consecutive year in this category)

“In the Presence of the Lord” by Bob Canning

“Sir Roger Casement, Traitor” a screenplay by George Hickenlooper

“Daddy Issues” by Ted Malawer

“Amandine” a musical by Winter Miller and Lance Horne

The 12 winners and runners-up were selected from 170 competition entries.

Established in 1994 by gay filmmaker, photographer, playwright, and director Arch Brown (pseudonym of Arnold Krueger, 1936–2012), the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation operates a year-round program providing funding for LGBT-themed productions in the performing arts and sponsors an annual playwriting competition. Competition awards are given for full-length plays, musicals, or screenplays that have LGBT themes and that are based on, or inspired by, a historical person, culture, event, or work of art.

Guidelines for the 2016 playwriting competition will be posted on the Web site in January 2016.
Information: Julia Willis

Robert Patrick given the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award
August 8, 2014

Celebration Theatre commemorated 50 years of “Queer Theatre” by awarding the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award to playwright Robert Patrick on August 8, 2014.

On the same evening, a reading of Mr. Patrick’s play, “T-Shirts,” was performed. It was directed by original Los Angeles cast member, Michael Kearns.

New novel from playwright Daniel Curzon
Halfway to the Stars: Cable Car Tales of a Grumpy Gripman

Based on real events, down-to-earth, debunking stories that form a novel, told by a long-term, snarky gripman on San Francisco’s cable cars, made salty, honest and very funny, as told by the “grumpy gripman” narrator, who finds himself in the so-called “Land of Free Speech,” but where it is other people who tell you what you can say and think, despite your own experiences.

The tale of One-Tooth, the little ghost boy, the outrageous elderly twin sisters, the Chinese dishwasher, Bitty the pet rat, Machete Man, or a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence will alternately put a lump in your throat, or blow up your P.C. meter.

“ ‘Halfway to the Stars’ will thrill an audience seeking entertainment untouched by editorial censors. This is stand-up comedy at its literary best, with controversial pieces included to strike the strongest blow where needed. Race, gender, religion, culture, and sexual orientation are all targets in Curzon’s cable car chaos. In this brilliant work, the ‘equal opportunity offender’ theory applies. Only adults should board Curzon’s cable car.” – Julia Ann Charpentier, Clarion/Foreword Reviews Five Stars

Daniel Curzon has never been afraid of controversy, and has been on the cutting edge of several major social and political issues. He is the author of many books of fiction and plays, including the landmark gay protest novel “Something You Do in the Dark” (G.P. Putnam, 1971). With his new book, he dramatizes how political correctness stops problems from being dealt with honestly, instead of facilitated with the platitudes of a “liberal bubble.”

From Amazon
     Paperback: $14.34
     Kindle: $5.59
ISBN: 9789187751110
Published by l’Aleph (A Member of Wisehouse)

Queer Youth Theater Director’s Retreat
Pride Youth Theater Alliance

August 1-4, 2013, New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco

Pride Youth Theater Alliance (PYTA), a national network of arts, educational, and social service organizations from across the U.S. and Canada.

PYTA’s mission is to connect and support gay youth theater organizations, programs, and professionals committed to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied (LGBTQA) youth in North America.

PYTA is dedicated to promoting successful models for LGBTQ youth theater programming, both nationally and internationally. PYTA provides support to community-based organizations that celebrate the resilience and insight of these youth, while facilitating safe spaces for the creative expression of their stories.

The annual Director’s Retreat enables the PYTA membership to gather together to deeply share knowledge, trade resources, and experience each other’s work. By coordinating these organizations, documenting their diverse practices, connecting them to funding opportunities, and increasing awareness of their work within the field, PYTA is positioned to influence the wider movement of theater for young audiences.

PYTA Member Theaters include:

Information: Trina Jackson, PYTA National Program Coordinator,

The Truth is Bad Enough: What Became of the Happy Hustler?
book by Michael Kearns
Released June 2012
“We are all lucky to still have Michael Kearns with us, now recording his private and public story with an honesty and humor that put most other show-biz autobiographies to shame.”
- Sir Ian McKellen

Michael Kearns has defined nearly a half-century of American life: culturally, politically, and sexually. In many instances, he was not only at the forefront of the historical milestones, he created them:
  • Michael Kearns wrote “The Happy Hustler” - 1975 spoof of Xaviera Hollander’s “The Happy Hooker” - under the pseudonym Grant Tracy Saxon, which sold more than 250,000 copies.
  • Michael was the first openly gay actor in Hollywood, juggling a mainstream TV career (Cheers, Murder She Wrote, The Fall Guy) with a theater career at the legendary Déjà Vu Coffeehouse in Los Angeles.
  • Co-founded two AIDS organizations: Artists Confronting AIDS, and STAGE (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event), which is the longest-running theatrical benefit in the world).
  • Accused the television and film industries of homophobia on ABC’s Nightline in 1985.
  • Created and performs the “Intimacies” one-person series, depicting people with AIDS, which garnered international acclaim. In one of them, “Rock,” Michael reveals his dalliance with Rock Hudson.
  • Was the first publicly HIV-positive actor in prime time on “Life Goes On.”
  • Adopted Katherine Kearns in 1994: the first openly gay, publicly HIV-positive, single man to become a father.
In this autobiography, Michael retells his rich life of extremes, from his roots in the Midwest, to his family life in Los Feliz where Kearns presently resides with his daughter.

Michael Kearns books available through:
    Skylight Books, Los Angeles

Michael’s books from Amazon:

    The Truth is Bad Enough: What Became of the Happy Hustler? - 306 pages, $15.95

    The Solo Performer’s Journey: From the Page to the Stage - 128 pages, $12.95
    Getting Your Solo Act Together - 112 pages, $10.99
    Acting = Life: An Actor’s Life Lessons - 128 pages, $15.95
     T-Cells & Sympathy: Monologues in the Age of Aids - 160 pages, $10.99
    Life Expectancies: Monologues That Challenge - 112 pages, $12.95
    The Drama of AIDS: My Lasting Connections with Two Plays
        That Survived the Plague - 128 pages, $18.69
    The Happy Hustler: My Own Story - 189 pages - likely out of print, used copies may be available.

Michael Kearns Official Web Site::

Celebratory Memorial of the Life and Work of Lanford Wilson
October 29, 2011

The Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California

Robert Patrick Receives Playwriting Lifetime Achievement Award
September 19, 2011

The following is from Eastern New Mexico University’s “Monday Memo.” He was an alumnus at that school:

Theatre Major Receiving Playwriting Lifetime Achievement Award

On Sept. 19, 2011, The New York Innovative Theatre Awards will honor 1955-58 ENMU drama major Robert Patrick O’Connor (who writes under the name Robert Patrick) with the 2011 Artistic Achievement Award, “recognizing an individual who has made a significant artistic contribution to the worldwide Off-Off-Broadway theatre community.”

Mr. Patrick, born on Sept. 27, 1937, in Kilgore, Texas, lives in Los Angeles and will not be able to attend, so actress Shirley Knight, who won her Tony in Mr. Patrick’s play “Kennedy’s Children,” will accept the award. Mr. Patrick has sent a DVD acceptance speech which will be played after Ms. Knight accepts the award.

At ENMU, Mr. Patrick, who graduated from Roswell High School, played James, the brother of Christ, in “Family Portrait,” Mister Lundy in “Brigadoon” and choreographed and performed musical numbers in the 1955 and 1956 “Swanee” revues.

He says, “I learned to have confidence in myself in theater under instructors R. Lyle Hagan and David Scott, as well as from upperclassman Donovan Marley, who later went on to produce plays by me at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts and at the Denver Center Theatre Company.”

Since 1964, Mr. Patrick has had thousands of productions of dozens of plays on six continents from “The Haunted Host” at the first Off-Off Broadway theatre, the Caffe Cino, to “Kennedy’s Children” on the West End, Broadway, on CBS Cable, and worldwide in many languages.

Tony winner Harvey Fierstein has starred in three productions of “The Haunted Host,” and the play has been performed from Toronto to Sydney. In 1969, Mr. Patrick’s play “Camera Obscura” was included in the anthology show, “Collision Course,” along with plays by Lanford Wilson, Sam Shepard and Israel Horowitz.

Samuel French, the play publishers, referred to Mr. Patrick in 1972 as “New York’s most-produced playwright.”

In 1976 he wrote “My Cup Ranneth Over” for Marlo Thomas and Lily Tomlin.

He traveled for 10 years to over 1,000 high schools and high school festivals on behalf of The International Thespians Society.

He is the only artist to be honored on three separate occasions with “Coffeehouse Chronicles” in his honor at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, the oldest surviving Off-Off Broadway theatre.

He has published plays, poems, and columns in hundreds of publications, a novel, “Temple Slave,” an autobiography, “Film Moi or Narcissus in the Dark,” and a DVD about the Caffe Cino. [See postings about these items below.]

He lives in retirement in Los Angeles where he maintains a Web site about the Caffe Cino and pre-1970 Off-Off Broadway theatre.

Some of Mr. Patrick’s previous awards are:

  • Show Business Magazine Best Play Award, 1969
  • Glasgow Citizens Theatre Best World Playwriting Award, 1973
  • The International Thespian Society Founders Award for Services to Theatre and to Youth, 1980
  • Blue is for Boys Weekends in the Borough of Manhattan, 1983 and 1986
  • Robert Chesley Foundation Award For Lifetime Achievement In Playwriting, 1996
  • West Hollywood Advisory Board’s Rainbow Key Award for having been instrumental in the creation of the off-off-Broadway movement, 2008
Mr. Patrick can be reached at
His Wikipedia biography can be found at

Cafe Cino: Cradle of Gay Theatre - video lecture by Robert Patrick
May 15, 2010

A show-and-tell lecture with hundreds of historical photos.

“Beautiful, beautiful. I love Robert Patrick’s lecture. So many plays, people, history, and details I had not known about. Fabulous photos! Such a rich and sparkling legacy. Patrick is a gifted speaker. Totally fascinating and entertaining.” - Harry Hart-Browne

Robert assesses the quality of the sound as fair, and video as mediocre.
However, the historical documentation and legacy is priceless.

73 minute DVD video
$20 US postage paid - checks only - allow two weeks delivery
Robert Patrick, 1837 N. Alexandria Ave., #211, Los Angeles, CA 90027

For more information on Robert Patrick, see his: Resume and Links to Online Works

Temple Slave by Robert Patrick - text with annotations on CD
March 10, 2013

“Temple Slave” (1994) is a novel about the origins of Off-Off Broadway. It has gone into a second printing and been optioned for film. In 1997, Robert Patrick received the Robert Chesley Award for “Lifetime Achievement in Gay Theatre.”

From chapter one:
      “And I see you’re actually producing a gay play–about A.I.D.S., of course.
      That should work for your subscription audience: They love to see us dying
      of a withering disease.
      Got time at the top to read long letters? Beware. I have the motive,
      the means, and the opportunity: I have twenty years of vintage bile,
      just fermenting to boiling point; I have Flair pens and Prism notebooks
      from every school where I’ve ever lectured on The Origins of Underground
      Theatre, and I have diddledy-squat-zilch else to do. I caught my latest
      producer today, you see, pick-pocketing the big bucks my latest, late,
      play raised to benefit that new gay high school; she chose to close our
      show rather than face audit; and since I returned to New York only to
      benefit the kids, here I sit idol-idle, reflecting in the glass wall of
      Phebe’s Bar and Grill, sucking my coffee and blowing my Kool while
      schools of topical, tropical punks flush by.”

The data CD contains the (adult content) complete novel, along with annotations in MS Word.
$15 US postage paid - checks only - allow two weeks delivery
Robert Patrick, 1837 N. Alexandria Ave., #211, Los Angeles, CA 90027

For more information on Robert Patrick, see his: Resume and Links to Online Works

Film Moi by Robert Patrick - text with photos on CD
May 15, 2010

“Film Moi or Narcissus in the Dark” (2004) is a copiously illustrated version of Robert Patrick’s book in Word on a CD.

From the Film Moi text:

      “American culture is eating itself in front of a mirror, like a porn star.”
      “Charlton Heston is indisputably the lead in The Ten Commandments —
          no matter how you pronounce ‘lead.’”
      “Pornography recaptures the original thrill of film —
          simply seeing ordinary things moving on a screen.”
      “I never liked life much. I preferred art.

This data CD has adult content.
$15 US postage paid - checks only - allow two weeks delivery
Robert Patrick, 1837 N. Alexandria Ave., #211, Los Angeles, CA 90027

“Patrick, a founding father of gay drama in America, writes with intelligent perception about movies … Patrick’s candid commentary on his own precocious sexual and artistic life is equally absorbing … Patrick’s prose is so smart and fluid that it’s hard to, well, put the ‘book’ down.” — Richard LaBonte

For more information on Robert Patrick, see his: Resume and Links to Online Works

Cafe Cino Web Site
April 12, 2010

This Web site has photos, audio and other memorabilia of the cafe/theater:
      Caffe Cino Pictures

Joseph Cino (1931-April 4, 1967), was an Italian-American theatrical producer and café-owner. The beginning of the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement is generally credited to have begun at Cino’s Caffe Cino.

Many of the plays produced at the Cino had gay themes.

Authors included:
      Jean Genet, Robert Patrick, Doric Willson, Tennessee Williams, Ruth Yorck,
      Lanford Wilson, Daniel Haben Clark, Claris Nelson, William M. Hoffman,
      Bob Heide, Jeff Weiss, Hal (Haal) Borske, and Jean-Claude van Itallie.

Cino History

In 1958, retired dancer Joe Cino rented a storefront at 31 Cornelia Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village in order to open a coffeehouse in which his friends could socialize. Not originally intending that Caffe Cino would become a theatrical venue, Cino instead visualized a café where he could host folk music concerts, poetry readings, and art exhibits. Actor and director Bill Mitchell says it was he who suggested that Cino add plays to the performance mix. Dated photographs show that plays were staged from as early as December 1958. After 1960, plays were usually directed by actor and director Bob Dahdah.
Joe Cino Wikipedia entry:

Short Plays to Long Remember - new book
March 2010

Compiled and edited by Francine L. Trevens, publisher TnT Classic Books.

An eclectic anthology of plays ranging in playing time from seven minutes to more than 40. The 27 play collection has works from 14 authors, including Jane Chambers, Doric Wilson, Perry Brass, Michael Devereaux, Paul Dexter, Victor Gluck, David Brendan Hopes, David Johnston, David J. Mauriello, Sidney Morris, William F. Poleri, Daniel P. Quinn, and George Zarr. Designed for colleges, universities, libraries and theaters.

Info: 212-736-6279; fax 212-695-3219;

Ed Karvoski Jr. - author
March 10, 2013

Actor, writer and photographerKarvoski has authored three books with gay content about performers.

“A Funny Time to Be Gay: Hilarious Gay & Lesbian Comedy Routines from Trailblazers to Today’s Headliners”
Traces the evolution of gay and lesbian comedy from the few pioneers in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 70s — to the mavericks who played San Francisco’s famed Valencia Rose in the 80s — to the comics who starred in their own TV specials in the 90s and continue to headline comedy clubs.

Cover quote: “There's not a closet big enough to hold this book! The performers, many of whom I’ve worked with, are here and now. You’ll get to hang out and laugh. Enjoy this!” - Whoopi Goldberg

Cover quote: “The sex may be safe, but the comedy isn't. This is the kind of funny, bias-bashing book that all of America — gay and straight — should be reading.” - Bill Maher, HBO’s “Real Time” host.

Among the more than 30 humorists spotlighted in “A Funny Time to Be Gay” are Tom Ammiano, Judy Carter, Kate Clinton, Sabrina Matthews, Bob Smith, Jason Stuart, Robin Tyler, Suzanne Westenhoefer, and Danny Williams.

“Award-Winning Men: Up Close and Personal with Gay Honorees”
The inside scoop from numerous titleholders, such as Mr. International Gay Rodeo Association, Mr. Ebony Leather, Mr. Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, Mr. Gay Wisconsin All-American, and the Emperor of San Francisco's Imperial Court. Other award-winners include singers, comedians, filmmakers, authors, adult entertainment performers, humanitarians, and everyday activists. A unique opportunity to meet the recipients of a wide array of accolades -- ranging from a fun nod for Best Buns from Gay Naturists International to Broadway's coveted Tony Award.

“The Movie Queen Quiz Book: A Trivia Test Dedicated to Fabulous Female Film Stars”
“The questions are provocative and funny, and even those of us who know all about Liz Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Barbra are bound to be stumped by some of the zingers he throws at you. … Your stomach will be sore from the laughter and the fun he brings to the oldest game of all, the trivia quiz. It’s fabulous indeed!” - Kevin Killian, novelist, critic, playwright, on Amazon

Ed’s Web site:

Ed’s publications in paper and e-books via Amazon:

Charles Nolte - November 3, 1923 – January 14, 2010

Charles made his Broadway debut in a production of Antony and Cleopatra, starring Katharine Cornell and featuring Charlton Heston, Maureen Stapleton and Tony Randall. Playing the title in the 1951 production of Billy Budd garnered Charles critical attention and acclaim. He also appeared in such films as “War Paint,” “The Steel Cage,” “Ten Seconds to Hell,” and “Under Ten Flags.”

Charles returned to the University of Minnesota and earned a doctorate in 1966. He taught at the University of Minnesota from the mid-1960s through the late 1990s. He wrote the play “Do Not Pass Go,” which was produced off-Broadway, and wrote the libretti for two operas by Dominick Argento, “The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe,” and “Valentino.”

Charles suffered from prostate cancer for two years before his death at 86. He was survived by Terry Kilburn, his partner for more than 50 years. They met in the 50s in a stage door alley, when Charles was playing in “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” and Terry was next door in “The Teahouse of the August Moon.”

Doric Wilson wins 2009 ATHE’s Career Achievement Award for Professional Theatre
August 2009

Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Career Achievement Award for Professional Theatre

Doric Wilson studied briefly at the Drama Department of the University of Washington until he was forced to leave after he initiated a one person protest against anti-gay sniper attacks at a nearby park.

In 1961 he became one of the first resident playwrights at the legendary Caffe Cino with his comedy, “And He Made A Her.” The success of his four Cino Plays helped, in the words of playwright Robert Patrick, “establish the Cino as a venue for new plays, and materially contributed to the then-emerging concept of Off-Off- Broadway.” His “Now She Dances” (1961), a fantasia on the trial of Oscar Wilde, was the first off-off-Broadway play to deal positively with gays. Under the mentorship of producer Richard Barr, he became a pioneer of the alternative theatre movement, dedicating his career to writing, directing, producing and/or designing hundreds of productions. He was one of the first playwrights invited to join the Barr/Wilder/Albee Playwright’s Unit and later became a founding member of Circle Repertory Company.

Doric Wilson’s plays from the late 1970s quickly became staples of the merging gay theater circuit, widely performed here and abroad. He is currently working on two new plays, “The Boy Next Door” and “Saints on a Secret Mission.”

In June, 2001, Wilson, and directors Mark Finley and Barry Childs resurrected the company as TOSOS II.

The company is dedicated to “an honest and open exploration of the life experience and cultural sensibility of the GLBT community and to preserving and promoting our literary past in a determined effort to keep our theatrical heritage alive.”

The return of TOSOS has been met with critical acclaim and awards and has achieved a well-earned reputation for the talent and professionalism of its company. At the ripe age of 70, Doric has not stopped risking innovation!

Doric Wilson

Judith Malina wins 2009 ATHE’s Career Achievement Award for Professional Theatre
August 2009

Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Career Achievement Award for Professional Theatre

Judith Malina, of The Living Theatre, was one of the first women directors to break the wall of male dominance and the first to earn a degree as a director from Erwin Piscator at the renowned Dramatic Workshop. She also was the first to introduce some of the most important theatre works to the American and world stage: in the 1950s major writers such as Gertrude Stein, Luigi Pirandello, De Ghelderode, Picasso, Ezra Pound, Bertolt Brecht, and Jean Genet.

Over a period of 60 years, her contributions as a writer, director, actress, teacher and theorist have garnered her many awards, and major recognition with dozens of books dedicated to the work of The Living Theatre.

During the six decades of her work as director, actor, seminal thinker, writer and visionary, Malina has been recognized with numerous awards: The New York Press’ Page One award; The Theatre of Nations award; many Obie awards for director, acting; and a Lifetime Achievement Award. She received a Guggenheim award, and last year, at the age of 81, she was given another Obie for her direction of the revival of “The Brig.” The president of Brazil personally presented her with a special citation for her contributions to culture and theatre.

In 2003 she was inducted into The Theatre Hall of Fame. In March of 2009 she received the prestigious Edwin Booth Award (voted by the doctoral students of the City University of New York graduate program).

Actors who cut their teeth on theatre at The Living Theatre under Malina’s direction and directly credit her influence include James Earl Jones, Geraldine Page, Martin Sheen, Al Pacino and Joseph Chaikin. At the age of 82 she is still directing and inspiring a new generation of actors and artists.

Malina’s work goes beyond the stage and has been wedded for sixty years to the activities of pacifism. She and her company were among the first to protest against the nuclear threat, anti-war activities and the staging of many vivid, literary street demonstrations for causes that often led to her being arrested and imprisoned for her principals and acts of civil disobedience.

The Living Theatre

Meryl Cohn wins 2009 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award
August 2009

Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Jane Chambers Playwriting Award

Meryl Cohn is the 2009 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award recipient for her play “The Siegels of Montauk.”

Ms. Cohn studied playwriting at Smith College and received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Seven of Ms. Cohn’s plays have been commissioned for productions at The Provincetown Theatre. Most recently her work has been produced or read by Counter Productions, TOSOS, the Smith College Theatre Departments and the Road Theatre in Los Angeles.

Meryl, author of “Do What I Say: Ms Behavior’s Guide to Gay and Lesbian Etiquette,” also has a nationally syndicated “Ms. Behavior” humor column. Cohn is a member of the WHAT Playwrights Alliance, TOSOS, The Northampton and Provincetown Playwrights Labs, and the Dramatists Guild.

Propelled in part by a mystery, Meryl Cohn’s “The Siegels of Montauk” is a witty, feminist ensemble play about sex, loss, family, self and ethics. This winning comedy-with-serious stakes- traces three adult sisters gathering for their mother’s birthday to close out the family’s Montauk beach housein the wake of their father’s death – and the community scandal, as well as unexpected guests that come with it.

“Mrs. Roosevelt” - play-to-feature film potential
March 29, 2009

Glenn Hopkins, also known as radical faerie Donatello, has written “Mrs. Roosevelt” a half-hour, one-woman, one-act, which serves as basis for a feature screenplay currently under consideration at Universal.

The play entails Eleanor Roosevelt living with her girlfriend in the White House. “Mrs. Roosevelt” will be performed in China in April and has been presented in Czech, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Farsi. The author allows the play to be used as a fund raiser for progressive causes.

Hopkins also intends to remount his play “The Adventures of Robin Hood” using previously recorded narration by Quentin Crisp.

Glenn Hopkins, 2508 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064

“Laugh Out Loud” - benefit success
March 24, 2009

Lifeworks Comedy Benefit “Laugh Out Loud” for Gay Youth raised $10,000 at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. The comedy club was sold out with an audience of more than 300. The show was produced by Jason Stuart, Michael Ferrera, Steve Tyler and Lisa Garvey. Also involved were Judy Tenuta, Scott Thompson, Sandra Valls, Tony Tripoli, Alec Mapa. The event was hosted by Miss Coco Peru.

Other attendees included Alexandra Paul, Peter Paige, Guinevere Turner, Doug Spearman, David Dean Bottrell, Calpernia Adams, Jim J. Bullock, Jack Plotnick, Tim Macluan, David Milbern, Debra Skelton, Poppy Champlin and Andra Kelly, as well as columnist Billy Masters.

Modern Artists, 5850 West 3rd St., #116, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dear Harvey - available for royalty-free reading
May 2009

“Dear Harvey” by Patty Loughrey is being offered royalty-free during May 2009 to theaters or community groups who want to host a reading. Host organizations are requested to donate a portion of ticket proceeds to an LGBT organization in their community.

The play is based on interviews with Tom Ammiano, Toni Atkins, Jackie Grover, Cleve Jones, Christine Kehoe, Anne Kronenberg, John Laird, Stuart Milk, Nicole Murray-Ramirez, Daniel Nicoletta, Mary Stockton, Robin Tyler, Dottie Wine, and others. The play also uses historical materials from the Harvey Milk Archives-Scott Smith Collection, James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library, and materials and excerpts from the Bay Area Reporter, including Milk’s weekly column, the Milk Forum, published from the summer of 1975 until his death in November 1978.

“These stories about Harvey Milk are from the people he knew and the lives he changed. I’ve had the remarkable privilege of talking with people close to him, and it’s exciting to be able to share these intimate, sometimes surprising, stories with our community. We lost Harvey too soon, but in these stories, we get to hear the impact of his love and courage.” - Patricia Loughrey

Contact Patty Loughrey, 619-322-9837; plwho2002@yahoo

Theater Offensive: Transforming Lives Through Theater - donate
January 3, 2009

The Theater Offensive’s flagship youth program, True Colors: Out Youth Theater, provides LGBT youth, and their straight allies, a supportive place to tell their story, to embrace their identity, to belong, and to lead. Youth participants create new work reflecting their personal experience, then tour the show to schools and community groups. For some, this is the only safe haven they have.

True Colors has succeeded in, reducing the risk of suicide, building skills to prevent violence, and equipping victims of bigotry with creative leadership skills and community connections. For nearly 20 years, The Theater Offensive has been a fearless cultural voice for New England’s LGBT community. Please consider contributions of $35, or more, for the True Colors program to help keep our youth safe.

The Theater Offensive / True Colors: Out Youth Theater

Village Scene Productions raises $1,700 for charity - donated
August 26, 2008

Village Scene Productions announced that their “Bathhouse: the Musical” show raised $1,700 playing to sold-out houses. The critically acclaimed Canadian cast production performed nine times in Montreal at the Sky Cabaret, and once in Ottawa at the Bronson Center Theatre. Both runs were official events of the Montreal and Capital Pride 08 celebrations. $300 was sent to La Maison Plein Coeur, $300 to the Bronson Center, $400 to Capital Pride, and $700 to Bruce House.

Village Scene Productions mounts the yearly Harvest: Montreal LGBT International Theatre Festival in October. Plans are underway to remount the hugely popular Bathhouse production for an extended Canadian tour in 2008-09.

Info: Davyn Ryall

Jason Stuart Gets DVD Deal
August 19, 2008

“Jason Stuart: Making it to the middle” will be released on DVD in November 2008. The show was filmed in the middle in the country, the middle of his career and the middle of his life. Because of the popularity of his first comedy stand-up special, Ariztical Entertainment has bought the rights to release it on DVD.

Currently, Jason and Ciara Parsons co-host a radio show called “ Radio” on National Lampoon Comedy Network (XM #154), which airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm.

Jason has appeared on “Everybody Hates Chris” and “House, MD.”

2008 Roles:

  • in the comedy “Ping Pong Playa” - September 2008
  • as Buck, a former club kid who is now a leather daddy and mentor to a young actor in the drama “One Degree;” - fall 2008
  • as Professor Kean in the coming-of-age drama “Casebook”
  • as Father Reilly in the drama “Twisted faith” - on here! TV
  • as the rudest waiter in the west in the comedy “Doesn’t Texas Ever End”
  • as Nathan in “Family of Four” - already filmed
  • in “Drop Dead Gorgeous” - already filmed
  • as millionaire Dylan Clay in “San Saba” - already filmed
For further information on Jason, see our article: Touring Performers

Stonewall Stories - success story
July 1, 2008

Report from David Gaard (who “felt honored to be part of such a project.”):

Carol Polcovar’s play “Stonewall Stories” gave two sell-out performances at the New York LGBT Community Center during 2008 Gay Pride Week. The performances resulted in cheering audiences, a standing ovation that would not end, as well as raising more than $2,500 for Sylvia’s Place, a shelter for homeless LGBT and Questioning Teenagers, which is run by NYMCC’s Homeless Youth Services.

News Boy - play re-issued
April 2008

A young man finds his orientation broadcast on the news because his parent (can be a woman or a man) is running for political office on an anti-gay platform. Beneath all the laughter is the genuine conflict between a loving parent and child who find their basic beliefs suddenly destroying their lifetime relationship.

Equally a charming love story and political comedy, “News Boy” utilizes one set and a small, youthful cast. Besides being great fun to read, it offers a view of coming out in the late 70s.

Arch Brown’s “News Boy” is a gay, political comedy, first published in the late 70s as one of the former JH Press gay play script series. Brown co-founded the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, which awards gay-themed historical literature.

$9.95 paperback
TnT Classic Books, 360 West 36 St. #2NW, New York, NY 10018-6412
Information on a price break for YAHOO group and Purple Circuit subscribers:

Doric Wilson recipient of 2007 Artistic Achievement Award
September 24, 2007

Doric Wilson received an Artistic Achievement Award from the New York Innovative Theater Awards (IT Awards) for significant artistic contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community.

Wilson, was one of the first resident playwrights at Caffe Cino, a Greenwich Village coffeehouse and theater space. According to playwright Robert Patrick, Wilson “established the Cino as a venue for new plays and materially contributed to the then-emerging concept of Off-Off Broadway.” Wilson became a pioneer of the alternative-theater movement, and later was a founding member of Circle Repertory Theater and the TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence) Theater Company, as well as TOSOS II.

In 1994, Wilson won the first Robert Chesley Award for “Lifetime Achievement in Gay and Lesbian Playwrighting.” He has also received honors from The Villager and the Chambers-Blackwell Best Play citations for “Street Theater” (1982), the OOBR Award for “A Perfect Relationship” (2002-3), and a nomination of the Lambda Award for the revival of “And He Made a Her” (2007).

The IT Awards are presented annually and were founded to honor excellence in Off-Off-Broadway Theatre and to help nuture the Off-Off-Broadway community.

Note: Paperbacks of Doric’s “Street Theater,” “A Perfect Relationship,” and “Forever After” are available at discount prices to Purple Circuit readers. Put “buddy buddy” in subject line of an email to:

19th Annual Lambda Literary Awards
March 1, 2007

Finalists for DRAMA/THEATER

  • “Questa” by Victor Bumbalo (Broadway Publishing Inc.)
  • “Confessions of a Mormon Boy” by Steven Fales (Alyson)
  • “1001 Beds” by Tim Miller (University of Wisconsin)
Eighty-seven judges selected from a pool of 381 nominated books in 26 categories.
Lambda Literary Foundation

“Southern Baptist Sissies” - to be filmed
February 2007

Writer, director, producer Del Shores and his Del Shores Productions have partnered with Funny Boy Films to transform his GLAAD award-winning stage production of “Southern Baptist Sissies” to film.

“Southern Baptist Sissies” is a dramatic portrayal of the experiences of four gay boys growing up in the Baptist Church. The critically acclaimed play recently touring with Emmy Award-winner Leslie Jordan and Delta Burke, both of whom will star in the film. Also attached to the project are Beth Grant, Dale Dickey, Rosemary Alexander, Scott Presley, Rich Delia, and Newell Alexander.

Pre-production begins late February 2007, with principal photography slated for the spring. Shores will direct.

Kirkland Tibbels of Funny Boy and Shores first worked together developing the upcoming half-hour TV series based on Shores’ play “Sordid Lives” for MTV’s LOGO channel. One of Shores other plays has also been made into fim: “Daddy’s Dyin’ … Who’s Got the Will” (MGM). Shores has also written and directed the Showtime feature film “The Wilde Girls.”

“Ugly Ducklings” - $25,000 challenge grant

The Ugly Ducklings Campaign is a national campaign to prevent lesbian and gay teen suicide. The project is based around production of Carolyn Gage’s play “Ugly Ducklings,” which focuses on homophobic harassment and its devastating effects at a girls’ summer camp.

A documentary film is slated to be made about the production. The film will explore the connection between teen suicide and homophobia, and will be nationally marketed along with an educational kit.

River Rock Foundation gave a $25,000 challenge grant to the Ugly Ducklings Campaign. Donation will be doubled. Also, donors are able to get film credits, special invitations, free tickets, and other benefits.

Carolyn Gage’s Web site:

For further information on Carolyn, see our article: Touring Performers

“Perform” - museum exhibit

The Museum of the City of New York had an exhibit called “Perform,” which ran from Oct 1, 2004 through Jul 31, 2009.

An exhibit of the “collaborative and thrillingly diverse art of theater-making, and the stories of the entrepreneurs and ingénues, the performers and the producers, the designers, songwriters, and others behind the curtain, how each has helped to shape, enliven, and habitually reinvent — compulsively and competitively — live performance in New York City”

Among the featured items:
      TOSOS / TOSOS II - theater
      “The West Street Gang” - play
      Doric Wilson - author
      Charles Busch - writer, performer

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave. (103rd St.), New York, NY 10029

Sidney Morris Plays Missing - search

“The Demolition of Harry Fay”
“Six O’Clock Boys”

If anyone has a copy of either of these — or a solid lead as to someone who was involved in a production of either play — please contact Francine L. Trevens of TnT Classic Books, literary executor for pioneer playwright Sidney Morris.


“Hey, Citizen” - short, anti-war play available

A poem/play by Demian, at Sweet Corn Productions.
For use in rallies and protest marches.
Designed for use with two over-sized puppets.
      Hey, Citizen

“Gilgamesh & Enkidu”film script seeks producers, literary agent

An arrogant ruler is transformed by love. And transformed, once again, by its loss.

This feature-length action/fantasy feature script is based on “Gilgamesh,” the oldest epic poem on the planet.

King Gilgamesh’s heavy rule brings prosperity and social unrest. No one challenges his strength or intelligence, until the gods create Enkidu. As comrades and lovers, they are invincible and conquer all.

Upon Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh suffers deep grief and leaves his throne. Terrified the same fate will befall him, Gilgamesh goes on a quest for immortality. He finds something greater.

Please see Demian’s Writing Resume.

        Sweet Corn Productions
        Seattle, WA

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