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覧覧 May 2010 Openings 覧覧覧

My Big Gay Italian Wedding

Anthony J. Wilkinson, Daniel Robinson
photo: Carol Rosegg  

Written by Anthonay Wilkinson
Directed by Sonia Blangiardo (previous director: Teresa A. Cicala)
Music and lyrics by David James Boyd
Produced by Dina Manzo

Andrew and Anthony are getting married and everyone wants to help; as long as it is done their way. From a saboteur ex-boyfriend to a loud, opinionated, outspoken Italian mother personalities and culture collide in a music and dance-filled extravaganza. Planning a wedding can be hell, but planning to ruin a wedding can be a hell of a lot of fun.

Cast includes: Anthony J. Wilkinson, Brandon Goins, Donna Castellano, Joe Scanio, Marissa Perry, Debra Toscano, Hugh Hysell, Chad Kessler, Paul Moon, Erik Ransom, Liz Gerecitano, Meagan Robar, Drew Little, Nick Varricchio, Jody Lyn Flynn, Jonathan Wiener.

Previous Cast included: Anthony J. Wilkinson, Daniel Robinson, Brett Douglas, Randi Kaplan, Joe Scanio, Tricia Burns Carla-Marie Mercun, Fabio Taliercio, Liz Gerecitano, Meagan Robar, Adam Zelasko, Bryan Anthony, Erik Ransom, Chad Kessler, Kevin McIntyre, Leah Gerstel.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding premiered at the Actor痴 Playhouse in November 2003. On September 12, 2009, a revised and updated version of the play played a benefit performance at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, and then moved to St. Luke's Theatre in Manhattan in May 2010 for a sixteen month run. During the run, the show hosted major celebrities to raise money and awareness for marriage equality and the Trevor Project.

In January of 2011, Samuel French signed on to represent the show and began licensing. Aside from New York City, the show has already played in the U.S. in El Paso, Omaha, Louisville, Los Angeles, Fountain City, Buffalo and Greensboro. Internationally, the show has played in Scotland, France, China and has had three successful runs in London. The show continues to make its way across the globe and is available for licensing. For licensing information: contact Samuel French, NYC.

May 22, 2010 - ongoing - Wednesdays-Sundays 8pm - NOTE: As of June 2014, this show has been running for 10 years.
St. Luke痴 Theatre, 308 West 46th St., New York, New York
Wheelie access with obstacles
Reservation: 212-947-8844
Information: 212-239-6200

覧覧 November 2016 Openings 覧覧覧

The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!

Written by Deb Hiett
Directed by Cameron Watson
Produced by Rogue Machine Theatre

A very modern androgynous kid, with no vowels in his/her name, rents a bedroom in the home of a small-town older Texas couple, while attending a big desert music festival weekend. The couple is struggling with grief and how to find a safe place in the big scary, rapidly changing world. The kid decides to help. Like a fairy tale come true the couple suddenly find themselves in a 1970s-era TV game show where the stakes are life itself, and the prize is a new beginning, during this thrill ride of a comedy.

Cast includes: Bonnie Bailey-Reed, Paula Christensen, Victoria Ortiz, Mark L. Taylor.

Playwright Deb Hiett won New York University痴 Herbert Rubin Creative Writing Award. Her play 溺iss Keller Has No Second Book was recently selected for Gulfshore Playhouse痴 New Works Festival, and was also a Semifinalist in the 2016 O誰eill National Playwrights Conference, the 2016 PlayPenn New Play Workshop, the 2016 Princess Grace Playwrights Fellowship, and was a Finalist in Chicago痴 Route 66 New Play Workshop.

Director Cameron Watson was recently heralded by the Los Angeles Times as 登ne of our finest contemporary directors. He wrote, directed, and produced the independent feature film, 徹ur Very Own. His theater directing credits include: the west coast premiere of Mike Bartlett痴 鼎ock at Rogue Machine Theatre, which won the Ovation Award for Rebecca Mozo and the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Patrick Stafford and Best Ensemble; and the revival of Caryl Churchill痴 典op Girls at Anteaus, noted by Charles McNulty as one of the 典OP TEN Stage Productions of 2014.

November 12-December 19, 2016 - Saturdays and Mondays 8:30pm, Sundays 3pm
Rogue Machine Theatre, 1089 N Oxford Ave., Los Angeles, California
No wheelie access
Information/Reservation: 855-585-5185


Maria Blaney
image: Brian Merriman  

Written and directed by Brian Merriman
Produced by TOSOS

Irish nurse Elizabeth O巽arrell was airbrushed out of the 1916 surrender photograph. A century later, the hidden lesbian and gay heroes of 1916 return to discuss their place in modern Ireland. This is a revolutionary story of love and courage, challenging history to complete the identity of the heroism of 1916, and challenging us to hear it today.

Full of humour, pathos and actual testimony, 摘irebrushed explores, and claims, the pinkwashed history of the gay and lesbian heroes and heroines of the Rebellion. The play records their words used in inspirational poetry and speeches, as they struggled to create a society where, as the Proclamation promised, "No minority would be subject to the will of the majority."

Cast includes: Maria Blaney, Flo McSweeney, John Kelly, Stephen Gorman.

Writer and director Brian Merriman is the founding artistic director of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. He one of Ireland痴 leading producer/directors, and an accomplished actor, writer and singer in music and theatre at home and abroad. In all, he has more than 360 productions to his credit.

November 15-19, 2016 - 7pm
Downtown Art, 70 East 4th St., New York, New York
Wheelchair accessible
$25 / $12 seniors and students
Information: 917-697-3344;
Reservation: 1-800-838-3006

Oscar Wilde Death Day Observance

Oscar Wilde
image enhancement: Demian  

Alla Nazimova
in 鉄alom髞 1923

Written by Bill Kaiser
Produced by The Purple Circuit

In honor of Oscar Wilde痴 Death Day, there will be a brief presentation on 展ilde and The Occult.

Also, there will be a screening of the 1923 silent film of 鉄alom髞 directed by Charles Bryant and starring Alla Nazimova.

November 30, 2016 - 5pm
Antebellum Art Gallery, 1643 N Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, California
Wheelchair accessible
$15 donation
Information: 323-856-0677;

覧覧 December 2016 Openings 覧覧覧

57th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

L.A. Gay Men痴 Chorus
photo: Gennia Cui  

Vox Femina, L.A.
photo: Ed Krieger  
images courtesy:  

Produced by Los Angeles County Arts Commission

The Gay Men痴 Chorus of Los Angeles and Vox Femina Los Angeles return to the Emmy Award-winning 57th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. Cast includes: more than 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from diverse neighborhoods throughout L.A., including:

    Gay Men痴 Chorus of L.A.
    Vox Femina Los Angeles
    Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company - features a folklrico dance from Tabasco, Mexico
    Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble - perform a classical handbell piece that celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah
    Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers
    Southern California Brass Consortium, a 26-member brass ensemble from Long Beach
    California Feetwarmers - Grammy-nominated ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing band performs holiday favorites
    Cuba L.A. - performing Latin jazz renditions of holiday standards
    Kayamanan Ng Lahi, Filipino dance company performs festive dances from the provincial lowland/coastal region of the Philippines
    Los Angeles Chamber Choir - sings the 16th century advent hymn 鏑o, How a Rose E弾r Blooming
    QVLN (Q-Violin) - bringing his 釘razil-meets-Jimi Hendrix on an electric violin stylings to perform a Latin fusion of the 鏑ittle Drummer Boy
    Las Colibr - all-female mariachi performs innovative interpretations of sones, huapangos and rancheras, incorporating jazz, rock, oldies and R&B;.

December 24, 2016 - 3pm
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, California
Wheelchair accessible
    Note: Broadcast live on PBS SoCal KOCE and via on December 24 - 3pm-6pm
              Re-broadcast December 24 - 9pm卜idnight, and on December 25 - noon.
Information: 213-972-3099;

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-February 12, 2017 - Fridays, Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
The Desert Rose Playhouse, 69620 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, California
Wheelchair accessible
$35 Fridays, Saturdays - $32 Sundays
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 at 8pm; March 4, 2017 at 8pm; March 5, 2017 at 3pm; March 11, 2017 at 8pm
Skylight Theatre, 1816 ½ N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, California
Wheelchair accessible
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 2-19 2017 - Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave., New York, New York
Wheelchair accessible
$15 - $10/per person for 10 or more in a group - $12 seniors or students
Information/Reservation: 212-254-1109
Tickets: SmartTix

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 2-18, 2017 - Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm; Saturdays at 9pm
Tada Theater, 15 West 28th St., New York, New York
Wheelchair accessible
$20 in advance, cash only at the door
Information: 917-697-3344;
Reservation: 1-800-838-3006
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

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. (* = Actors Equity)

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 8-19, 2017 - March 8 at 2 pm; March 10 at 9 pm; March 11 at 7 pm; March 12 at 2 pm; March 17 at 9 pm; March 18 at 7 pm; March 19 at 2 pm
TADA, 15 W 28th St., New York, New York
Wheelchair accessible

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 at 7 pm
West Hollywood Library Community Room, West Hollywood, California
Wheelchair accessible

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 5-28, 2017 - Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm and Sundays 2 pm
The Desert Rose Playhouse, 69620 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, California
Wheelchair accessible
$32 - $35 Information:
Information/Reservation: 760-202-3000

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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