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覧覧 January 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
Sleeping Beauty or Comma

poster: Maureen Heuring-Appel  
Writen by Charles Busch
Directed by Jim Strait
Produced by Desert Rose Productions, Inc.

Two plays by Charles Busch:

    天ampire Lesbians of Sodom
        The saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses, whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom.
        Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers, but more importantly, as actresses, endures for 2,000 years
        with stops along the way in 1920s silent movie Hollywood, and in contemporary Las Vegas.

    鉄leeping Beauty or Comma
        The classic fairy tale, retold in London痴 1960s fabulously mod fashion world.

Cast includes: Loren Freeman, Kam Sisco, Jacob Betts, Richard Marlow, Terry Huber, Steven Ciceron, Adina Lawson, John Fryer.

Recommended for mature audiences due to adult language and brief nudity.

January 20, 2017
The Desert Rose Playhouse, 69620 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, California
Wheelchair accessible
Information/Reservation: 760-202-3000

覧覧 February 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

Shades of Disclosure

Mason Mahony, John Glenn Harding, Ken Pienkos,
Randy Graville, Cheri Gaulke, Darrel Larson, Tristan Scott-Behrends, Sophie Kim
image: Ed Krieger  
Written by QueerWise
Directed by Michael Kearns
Produced by Skylight Theatre Company

Spanning from the 1988 display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington DC, to the worldwide Women痴 Marches, 鉄hades of Disclosure celebrates the triumphant lives of real people whose personal stories have been forgotten or silenced. Individuals, of varying stripes, relive their intimate and heartfelt histories while speaking to a 16-year-old who, after bravely announcing her queerness, finds herself at a precarious turning point in American politics. She discovers a band of mentors who tell it like it was, is, and how they hope it can be.

Cast includes: Albert Auben, Gil Feroli, Cheri Gaulke, Randy Gravelle, John Glenn Harding, Austin Humble, Jessie Jacobson, Sophie Kim, Darrell Larson, Timothy Mack, Mason Mahoney, Jen O辰onnor, Roland Palencia, Christine Papalexis, Ken Pienkos, Tristan Scott-Behrends, David Trudell.

A 鉄hades of Disclosure world premiere.

February 25, 2017
Skylight Theatre, Los Angeles, California
Information/Reservation: 213-761-7061;

覧覧 March 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

Ghost Light Now & Then

Danielle Aziza, Micha Lazare
photo: Joe Bly  
Written by Barbara Kahn
Directed by Robert Gonzales, Jr. and Barbara Kahn
Produced by Theater for the New City

In 2017, New Yorkers Becky and Mandy are not immune to the homophobia that has threatened their marriage. During an inexplicable seismic event they are flung through a window into the early 20th century Greenwich Village Theater, demolished in 1930.

The women discover that issues and conflicts, such as homophobia, racism and anti-Semitism, haven稚 changed in a century.

A ghost light is the single lamp, a work light, that is left onstage when a theater is otherwise dark. There is a superstition that every theater has ghosts, and that ghost lights provide illumination for the ghosts to perform.

Inspired by 鄭lice in Wonderland and 典he Wizard of Oz, the play follows their journey home. Wandering through remnants of scenery, they encounter ghosts that haunt the site of the theater. Characters and snatches of dialogue from productions of the past are woven into this contemporary play.

Cast includes: Danielle Aziza, Amanda Boekelheide, Rachel Drayke, Robert Gonzales Jr., Micha Lazare, Brandon Sngdnc Mellette, Steph Van Vlack.

Barbara Kahn痴 plays have been produced in the U.S., France and Germany. She has directed in New York, Paris, and at the National Theatre in London. Theater for the New City has been the primary New York City home for Barbara痴 plays since 1994.

Partial funding for the production is provided by The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation.

March 2, 2017
Theater for the New City, New York, New York

Damaged Goods

Karen Stanion, Virginia Baeta
photo: Ben Strothmann  

Written by Virginia Baeta
Directed by Mark Finley
Produced by Barry Childs and TOSOS

It was supposed to be an easy job: trail the bad girl heiress and report her doings to dubious daddy. But private dick Thomas Sparks finds out the hard way that nothing is what it seems, as he痴 lured through a lethal labyrinth of love, lies and larceny.

When you池e up against the baddest baddies in Badtown, you either crack the case, or wind up Damaged Goods.

Cast includes: Virginia Baeta, Elizabeth Bell*, Jamie Heinlein*, Karen Stanion*, Casey Weaver. (* Actors Equity)

A 90-minute gender-bending valentine to Film Noir, this production of 泥amaged Goods is presented as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre New Works Series.

March 2, 2017
Tada Theater, New York, New York
Information: 917-697-3344;

Haram! Iran!
image: ?  

Written by Jay Paul Deratany
Directed by Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson
Produced by Creative Concept Productions, in association with Red Spear Productions, LLC

Two teenagers in Mashad, Iran In 2005, two Iranian 15-year-olds, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhouni struggle with their identities, as they come of age. They are typical teenagers, longing to discover their place in the world, which includes their status as minority Arab Iranians. When an innocent moment between two friends is misconstrued, the hardline Iranian justice system steps in and ruins their lives.

Cast includes: Sahar Bibiyan, Thamer Jendoubi, Russel Jordan, Kal Mansoor, Colin Mulligan, Naama Potok, Rahul Rai, Roberto Tolentino.

Nominated for a GLAAD Award for its Los Angeles engagement, 滴aram! Iran! is based on the true story of the teenager痴 court trial.

March 8, 2017
TADA, New York, New York

Gay Theater: It痴 History and It痴 Future

Coordinated by Victor Bumbalo

Speakers include: Victor Bumbalo, Michael Kearns, Robert Patrick, Tom Jacobson, Mary Casey, Odalys Nanin, Donald Jolly.

A lively discussion of the roots of LGBTQ theater and its impact on our culture. An opportunity to gain a perspective on our cultural history with some the people who helped create it. Plus thoughts about its direction from those working today."

March 9, 2017
West Hollywood Library Community Room, West Hollywood, California
Wheelchair accessible

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覧覧 May 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

Clark Gable Slept Here

Written by Michael McKeever
Directed by Jim Strait
Produced by Desert Rose Productions, Inc.

One of the silver screen痴 brightest action stars charms his way through the Golden Globe Awards ceremony accompanied by his wife. Meanwhile, back at the Chateau Marmont, his staff tries to figure out what to do with the naked, dead, male prostitute on his bedroom floor.

A look behind the closed doors of the Hollywood elite, revealing a jet-black satire on what it means to be a 杜an in the make-believe world of motion pictures, where nothing is ever what it seems, and closets are used for so much more than hanging up your tuxedo.

A west coast premiere.

There is adult material and nudity.

Cast includes: Melanie Blue, Winston Gieseke, Ben Heustess, Michael Pacas, Yo Younger.

展ildly funny and comically horrifying, the play is carefully crafted to reveal surprise after surprise, as if it were the equivalent of Botoxxed Russian nesting dolls. Miami Herald.

May 5, 2017
The Desert Rose Playhouse, Rancho Mirage, California
Information/Reservation: 760-202-3000

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覧覧 2017 Ongoing Events 覧覧覧

The Village Playwrights

The Village Playwrights was founded out of the need of lesbian and gay writers to have a venue in which they could present their works without fear of being harshly criticized, or dismissed because of their sexual orientation or gender identification.

We take pride in critiquing works solely on their merit, and not on their sometimes sensitive subject matter.
This allows each writer to find his or her voice as a creative individual. To speak freely is to be empowered.

典his is a place to speak from the heart. This is a place to find one痴 voice. This is a place to take risks.

The Village Playwrights meet at 8pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.
LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St., New York, New York

Participation is open to all playwrights, screenwriters, directors and actors.
Beginners are encouraged and helped.

Information: 614-285-2515;

*QComedy - Monday Night Gay Comedy

Produced by QComedy - See Web site for GLBT comedy listings in San Francisco, as well as worldwide.

QComedy Showcase occurs on the first Monday of each month.
Mama Calizo痴, 1519 Mission St., San Francisco, California
Wheelchair accessible
Information and comedy bookings: Nick Leonard, 415-533-9133;

Ian MacKinnon

Just about every month, Ian presents a show, by himself, or with others, and they all are about gay male culture.
He often includes several centuries of such culture all at the same time.

Ian MacKinnon is a GLAAD Award-nominated performance artist who has been working in Los Angeles since 2005.
His solo show series 典he Gay Hist-Orgy toured throughout California at theaters and universities.
He curates many 賭ueer performance events including the annual Adonis Project, as well as the monthly LGBT experimental performance event 撤lanet Queer.
Ian has been leading his 敵et More Gay Performance Workshops in Los Angeles since 2012.

Ian MacKinnon,

8 the Play

Written by Dustin Lance Black

A chronicle of the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California痴 Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples of the right to legally marry their partner.

Usually produced as a staged reading, the play allows an audience to witness the Proposition 8 trial.
Witness inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law, where truth and facts matter.
Hear the testimonies which clarify that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right.

Vimeo: " 8 the play" - trailer 4:27

Writer Dustin Lance Black won an Academy Award in 2009 for his script of 溺ilk.
He is also a founding member of American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which was the sole sponsor of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now known as Hollingsworth v Perry), the successful federal suit to nullify California痴 Proposition 8.

This play has multiple performances around the country.
Information on current productions and how to produce it yourself: 8 the Play

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