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覧覧 January 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
Sleeping Beauty or Comma

poster: Maureen Heuring-Appel   
Written 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

覧覧 April 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

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

覧覧 June 2017 Openings 覧覧覧


Isis Avalos, Yosimar Reyes, F駟 Hernandez
photos: Leo Garcia   

Produced by Highways Performance Space & Gallery

Addressing the thwarted immigration policies of Trump痴 administration.

Featuring new work by out, current, and former, undocumented artists:
        Yosimar Reyes, spoken word artist, activist
        F駟 Hernandez, poet, teacher
        Isis Avalos, choreographer
        DJ Manuel Rodriguez

A fundraiser, part of Highways 2017 Behold! Queer Arts Series, a celebration of Highways 28th birthday.

June 3, 2017
Highways Performance Space & Gallery, Santa Monica, California


Miguel Arballo, Robbie Wayne, Allan Jensen,
David Boyd, Kam Sisco, Jason Hull, Samuel Frank
photo: ?   

Written by David Dillon
Directed by Jim Strait
Produced by Desert Rose Productions, Inc.

A group of gay men gather for their monthly evening of drinks and games. Tonight, the game is a gay version of 典ruth or Dare, called 擢act, Fiction or Fantasy. True life stories are shared, fictional encounters related, and fantasies often require the player to remove his clothing.

By the end of the evening, everyone is nude, singing and laughing together in a great show of brotherhood.

About his wildly popular comedy, Playwright Dillon says, Party is not about flesh, but celebrates the fact that, as a group, we are positive, and honest, about our sexuality, and free from a lot of the inhibitions and hang ups that exist in other groups.

Cast includes: Miguel Arballo, David Boyd, Samuel Frank, Jason Hull, Allan Jensen, Kam Sisco, Robbie Wayne.

June 23-July 30, 2017 - Friday, Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
The Desert Rose Playhouse, Rancho Mirage, California
Information/Reservation: 760-202-3000

覧覧 July 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

San Francisco, Mi Amor!

Monica Palacios
photo: Sunny Bak   

Written and directed by Monica Palacios
Produced by Museum of Latin American Art

The 80s was a challenging decade to be an out, Chicana lesbian comic. AIDS is front page news, shining a negative light on the LGBTQ community.

Monica shares her dynamic stories about:
     Living with her lesbian sister 電ouble dyke familia
     Being a San Francisco State film student
     Performing at 敵ay Comedy Night at the Valencia Rose Cabaret
     Performing comedy during the AIDS crisis
     Lusting for women making her burritos at Taqueria La Cumbre
     Birthing the comedy troupe 鼎ulture Clash
     Auditioning for actor Edward James Olmos on 24th Street
     Grooming her mullet, and mucho mucho mas!

The solo performance includes more than 30 unique images of Monica痴 queer performance life that have not been seen since the 80s.

Cast includes: Monica Palacios

July 8, 2017
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California
Wheelchair accessible
Information/Reservation: 562-437-1689

覧覧 August 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

Street Theater

Street Theater
poster: Howard Cruse   

    Written by Doric Wilson
    Directed by Mark Finley
    Produced by Barry Childs, TOSOS

Tim Abrams, Jeremy Lawrence
photo: Ben Strothmann   

Joe MacDouglall, Josh Kenney, Patrick Porter
photo: Ben Strothmann   

Chris Andersson, Michael Lynch
photo: Duncan Pflaster   

Taking place in New York City痴 Greenwich Village district, on June 28, 1969, shortly before the first brick was thrown at the Stonewall Inn, Doric Wilson痴 legendary satire follows the exploits of the cruisers, drag queens, undercover cops, dykes, hippies, mobsters and bystanders (innocent and otherwise), as they catapult toward the moment that changed the course of history.

Cast includes: Christopher Borg, Joshua Kenney, Rebecca Nyahay, Chris Andersson, Russell Jordan, Jeremy Lawrence, Michael Lynch, Tim Abrams, Ben Strothmann, Desmond Dutcher.

泥oric Wilson was present at all three nights of the Stonewall riots. His vision is unique among Stonewall chroniclers in that 全treet Theater is not so much a play about what happened, as it is about what made it happen. It focuses less on who-did-what to whom, and zeroes in on why we fought back in the first place. And that痴 something I don稚 think we can ever afford to forget. - Mark Finley, TOSOS artistic director

September 20, 2017
The Eagle Bar, 554 West 28th St., New York, New York
Wheelie access with obstacles
Information: 917-697-3344;

覧覧 September 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

Walking to Buchenwald

Mandy Schneider and Amielynn Abellera                    Justin Huen and Christopher Cappiello  
Both couples alternate playing the roles of Schiller and Arjay.
photo: Roderick Menzies   

Written by Tom Jacobson
Directed by Roderick Menzies
Produced by Open Fist Theatre Company

Cultural, national and gender identity; politics; marriage; death; and the mutability of theater are some of the many motifs that run through Jacobson痴 deceptively sweet story in which a soon-to-be-married couple, Schiller and Arjay, take Schiller痴 parents on their first trip to Europe.

Dramatically illustrating the extent to which casting, and acting, can change a story, two women alternate with two men in the roles of Schiller and Arjay. Both couples learn what it means to be American in a world that no longer admires the U.S.

In this protean comedy, Guinea pigs play cricket, dead bodies talk, and an unexpected trip to a concentration camp, lead to shocking, shattering consequences, and a poignant conclusion.

Cast includes: Amielynn Abellera, Will Bradley, Christopher Cappiello, Justin Huen, Laura James, Ben Martin, Mandy Schneider.

September 15, 2017
Atwater Village Theatre, Los Angeles, California
Information/Reservation: 323-882-6912


Written by Boni B. Alvarez
Directed by Rodney To
Produced by Echo Theater Company

In the heart of LA痴 Historic Filipinotown, Miracles Malcaang, a ladyboy masseuse, 努alks for Filipinotown痴 infamous House of Malacaang. When Miracles forbidden love affair sparks tensions between the city痴 two most volitile political families, the families must come together to understand the power of desire, identity, and honor.

This fierce and funny new play was inspired by the Spanish Golden Age drama 典he Physician of His Own Honor (1635) by Pedro Caldern de la Barca, and the movie documentary 撤aris is Burning (1990) directed by Jennie Livingston, which detailed New York痴 80s, then-underground, drag queen 澱all culture.

Cast includes: Chris Aguila, Wade Allain-Marcus, Boni B. Alvarez, Renee-Marie Brewster, Tonatiuh Elizarraraz, Adrian Gonzalez, Anna Lamadrid, Joseph Vladez, Allen Lucky.

September 14, 2017
Atwater Village Theatre, Los Angeles, California
Information/Reservation: 310-307-3753

Vanya & Sonia & Masha + Spike

Written by Christopher Durang
Directed by Robbie Wayne
Produced by Desert Rose Productions, Inc.

Vanya and Sonia live in their family痴 home in Bucks County, PA. Their 溺ovie Star sister Masha arrives with her new boy-toy Spike to tell them she is selling the family manse and moving on with life. Add one 鉄now White and the 7 Dwarves costume party, and a Voodoo spell-casting housekeeper, and it痴 Christopher Durang at his best!

Cast includes: Jim Strait, Adina Lawson, Heather Brendel, Cody Frank, Alma Lacy, April Mejia.

Tony Winner for Best Play 2013.

September 22, 2017
The Desert Rose Playhouse, Rancho Mirage, California
Information/Reservation: 760-202-3000

Up the Rabbit Hole

Quinn Coghlin
photo: Kevin Cristaldi   

Writer: Andy Halliday
Director: G.R. Johnson
Producer: Theater for the New City

An adopted, young, gay man, becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. His has led a life of careless sexual exploits, and reckless drug use. When he finally finds his mother, the answers he has been searching for his entire life, finally give him the courage to combat his drug addiction, to attempt climbing out of the darkness, and Up the Rabbit Hole.

An autobiographical play about sex, obsession, and finding your home.

Cast includes: Quinn Coughlin, Andrew Glaszek, Peter Gregus, Tyler Jones, Laralu Smith.

September 26, 2017
Theater for the New City, New York, New York
Information: 212-254-1109


Marty Dew
photo: ?   

Written by Deborah Lawlor
Directed by Frances Loy
Produced by Fountain Theatre

In 1964 Greenwich Village, Freddy Herko, a brilliant, ballet dancer of extraordinary charisma and talent, and a fiery denizen of Andy Warhol痴 Factory. A naïve young woman falls under Fredy痴 spell.

Based on a true story, this fusion of theater, music, dance and video, captures the explosive spirit of a passionate, gay artist, and a turbulent era.

Cast includes: Marty Dew, Mel England, Katie McConaughy, Susan Wilder.

September 27, 2017
Los Angeles City College, Caminito Theatre, Los Angeles, California

Information/Reservation: 323-663-1525

覧覧 October 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

The Many Loves of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
image: Demian   

Written by Bill Kaiser
Produced by the Purple Circuit and the Antebellum Gallery

A tea salon to celebrate Oscar Wilde痴 163rd birthday, with a presentation of his lovers, and his support for the cause of men-loving-men.

Cast includes: Devi, Christopher Lissner, Deborah Lissner, Turk, Matthew Steel, Alex Smith, Tim Christian, Javier, Sharp, Ashley Hoffman, Bill Kaiser.

October 18, 2017
Tom of Finland House, Echo Park, California
Information: 818-953-5096;

覧覧 November 2017 Openings 覧覧覧


Ashley Romans, Ryan Brophy, Miranda Wynne
photo: Ed Krieger   

Written by Jon Brittain
Directed by Michael A. Shepperd
Produced by Skylight Theatre Company

In Rotterdam, New Year痴 day 2017, Alice finally found the courage to email her parents that she痴 a lesbian. Before Alice hits 都end, her girlfriend, Fiona, reveals that she has always identified as a man, and wants to live as one, sending their relationship into a tailspin.

Amid a breaking wave of transgender stories in the news, Jon Brittain has created a groundbreaking play, with deeply relatable characters that are flawed and hilarious. Rotterdam is a comedy with powerful questions about love and identity at its core.

Cast includes: Ryan Brophy, Audrey Cain, Ashley Romans, Miranda Wynne.

An Olivier Award Winner.
This performance is the west coast premiere of 迭otterdam.

November 11, 2017
Skylight Theatre, Los Angeles, California
Information: 213-761-7061

Oscar Wilde is Dead

Oscar Wilde
photo: Napoleon Sarony   

Written by Bill Kaiser
Produced by the Purple Circuit and the Antebellum Gallery

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, Irish poet and playwright, was born on October 16, 1854.
At 46, he died of meningitis on November 30, 1900.

While Oscar Wilde has been dead for 117 years, his legacy lives on.
Wilde痴 impact on literature, poetry, art and culture - including gay culture - cannot be underestimated.

Please attend the salon featuring readings, poetry and eulogies to our beloved gay icon.
Black tea will be served. Hosted by Rick Castro.

Poetry by Oscar Wilde and Bosie (aka Lord Alfred Douglas) will be read by:
    Kevin Dulude
    Matthew Steele
    Alex Smith

Live music by:

Dead Oscar Contest
    Come as your version of dead Oscar Wilde.
    Winner gets a glamorous gift basket!
    Wear black.

November 29, 2017
Tom of Finland House, California
Information: 818-953-5096;

覧覧 December 2017 Openings 覧覧覧

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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