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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 - 5 pm
Tom of Finland House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, Echo Park, California
Wheelie access with obstacles.
$15 in advance, $20 at door
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 - December 11, 2017 - Fridays 8:30 pm; Saturdays; Sundays 2 pm; Mondays 8 pm
Skylight Theatre, 1816 ス N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, California
Wheelie access with obstacles.
Information/Reservation: 213-761-7061;
Tickets: OvationTix

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 - 5 pm
Tom of Finland House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, Echo Park, California
Wheelie access with obstacles.
$10 advance, $15 day of Salon
Information/Reservation: 818-953-5096;

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覧覧 January 2018 Openings 覧覧覧覧

Fifth of July

Written by Lanford Wilson
Directed by James Strait
Produced by Desert Rose Productions, Inc.

During the 70s, a sprawling farmhouse in Lebanon, Missouri is owned by Ken Talley, a disabled, gay, Viet Nam veteran, which he shares with his botanist lover, Jed. They are visited by Ken痴 sister, June, and her precocious teenage daughter Shirley, as well as by Gwen, a hard-living, pill-popping heiress, who aspires to be a rock star, and John, her wary-eyed husband and manager. All are old friends from their rebellious U.C. Berkeley College days in the 60s where they were protesters and political activists, who worked for what they hoped would be a better world.

Past affiliations are discussed, as well as discussions both sharp and funny. Through them we hear about their lost hopes and dreams, and the lingering bitterness that must be conquered to perceive the good that life can offer.

Playwright Wilson was one of the pioneers of LGBT theater in New York City, and went on to a Pulitzer-Prize winning career with many Broadway and film credits.

Cast includes: Brent Anderson, Jason Hull, Ann Van Haney, Michael Pacas, Monique Burke, Alden West, James Owens, Melanie Blue.

典his is one of the most incredibly well-written, beautifully acted, profound and moving and often hilarious plays it has ever been my privilege to see in the American theater. - NY Daily News

擢ew contemporary playwrights are as humane, or as wise as Lanford Wilson. There aren't many plays to see that are as interesting and absorbing and feeling and funny as this. - Cue Magazine.

典he characters are mostly flamboyant, their dialogue crackles with laugh-inducing lines and we find ourselves dazzled by Wilson's virtuoso writing. - The Hollywood Reporter

Previous Desert Rose Productions' Gay Heritage shows include 典he Boys in the Band, 鏑ove! Valour! Compassion! and 鄭ngels in America - Part One - Millennium Approaches.

January 12-14, 19-21, 26-26, 2018; February 2-4, 2018 - Friday, Saturdays 8 pm; Sundays 2 pm
The Desert Rose Playhouse, 69620 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, California
Wheelchair accessible
Information/Reservation: 760-202-3000
Order: Tickets

Heroes: Fighting In the AIDS Trenches

Marcie Hall, Michael Perry
image: Demian   

Written and directed by Michael Shayne
Produced by Ed Sparan, World AIDS Museum & Educational Center

Two one-act solo plays.

典he Cemetery Angel is about Ruth Coker Burks who in the 80s and 90s took care of hundreds of men dying from AIDS when their families rejected them. After dying, she buried 50 in her family cemetery when their own families refused to do so.

鉄tanding On My Shoulders is about the late Vito Russo the author of the seminal book, 典he Celluloid Closet on how gay men and lesbians were treated in commercial movies. He was also a gay and AIDS activist. Russo was a founding member of GLAAD and ACT UP.

Cast includes: Marcie Hall, Michael Perry.

January 19, 2018 - 7 pm
The Auditorium at Broward County Central Library, 100 South Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Wheelchair accessible
Information/Reservation: 954-559-6512

Buyer and Cellar

Brian McDonald
image: Sandy Aichner   

Written by Jonathan Tolins
Directed by Stephanie Coltrin
Produced by Rubicon Theatre Company

A struggling, gay actor, named Alex, winds up working for an unnamed show-business legend in her Malibu basement mall. An unlikely friendship develops between the two, from which Alex learns profound lessons about himself.

釘uyer and Cellar is about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. It was a winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Best Play, and was an Off-Broadway sensation.

The play was inspired by Barbra Streisand痴 book 溺y Passion for Design.

Cast: Brian McDonald

The production is directed by Ovation Award-winner Stephanie A. Coltrin, and stars award-winning actor and Rubicon痴 associate artistic director, Brian McDonald.

鄭 seriously funny slice of absurdist whimsy. - N.Y. Times

January 24 - February 11, 2018 - Wednesdays 2 pm and 7 pm; Thursdays 7 pm; Fridays 8 pm; Saturdays 2 pm and 8 pm; Sundays 2 pm
Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, California
Wheelie access with obstacles
Information/Reservation: 805-667-2900
Tickets: Vendini

覧覧 February 2018 Openings 覧覧覧

4Play: Sex In a Series

Dustyn Gulledge, Cameron J. Oro                   Ariana Anderson, Zo Simpson Dean
image: Peter Carter   

Written by Graham Brown with Nathan Faudree and Lisa Roth
Directed by Graham Brown
Produced by The Actors Company

A not so simple story of boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl, and all the little things that can ruin a perfectly good dinner party.

This delightful romantic comedy blurs the lines between art and life, gay and straight.

Cast includes New York City痴 trip. theater ensemble : Ariana Anderson, Graham Brown, Bevin Bru, Eve Danzeisen, Zoe Simpson Dean, Mariana Frizelle, Dustyn Gulledge, Lara Helena, Kaitlin Large, Zoquera Milburn, Cameron J. Oro, Christi Pedigo, Kirstin Racicot, Kelsey Risher, Robert Walters, Dan Wilson.

A west coast premiere, direct from a sold out run in Chicago.

鄭n all-around feel-good, fun night out, which leaves you wanting more. The romances are steamy, the characters are lovable, and the performance is expressive, lively and animated. - Show Business Weekly

鄭 rare find with superior acting and writing. A must see. - The Washington Square News

典he endearing characters, the honest and playful performances and the credible chemistry between everyone in the cast. - Time Out Chicago

February 14-17, 22-24, March 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 2018 - 8 pm
The Actors Company, 916-A North Formosa Ave., Los Angeles, California
Wheelchair accessible
$25 / $70 鏑over痴 Package, available Feb. 14-17, includes two tickets, champagne, chocolates and a naughty/nice surprise package.
Information/Reservation: 800-838-3006
Tickets: Brown Paper


Charles Peoples III
image: David Wilson   

Written and directed by John Fisher
Produced by Theatre Rhinoceros

Gender and sexuality in the world of geopolitics are prominent when a young Republican, and a no-nonsense drag queen, have a surprising relationship, which nearly sets the world on fire. But in this moment of international crisis, this romance might just save the planet, as presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are about to find out.

A satirical drama ripped from the world痴 headlines, in the tradition of filmmakers Billy Wilder and Oliver Stone.

Cast Includes: John Fisher,* Morgan Lange, Charles Peoples III, Gabriel Ross, Katie Rubin,* Kathryn Wood. (*Member, Actors Equity)

This performance of 典ransitions is a world premier.

     February 23, 2018 - 8 pm
     February 24 - 3 pm and 8 pm
     February 28 - 8 pm
     March 1, 2 - 8 pm
     March 3 pm and 4 pm
Opening Night:
     March 3, 2018 - 8 pm (reception follows)
General Run:
     March 7, 8, 9 - 8 pm
     March 10 - 3 pm and 8 pm
     March 14, 15, 16 - 8 pm
     March 17 - 3 pm and 8 pm
Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco, California
Wheelchair accessible
$40 opening; $20 general run; $15 seniors, students, TBA members
Information/Reservation: 800-838-3006
Tickets: Brown Paper

覧覧 2018 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.

展e 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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