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Support Needed

Kickstarter Funding Needed for “Gay Hist-Orgy 3: Mondo Mythological”
Note: This project was successfully funded on April 3, 2013


Ian MacKinnon
photo: Don Tinling  
retouch: Ian MacKinnon  

“Gay Hist-Orgy 3: Mondo Mythological” is a sexy, fun, and educational multimedia show that celebrates, honors, and revels in homo-world mytholog.
This show series is Ian MacKinnon’s acts of gay liberation.

The show overflows with sexy homo-deities from all over the world.
Ian uses his magical time-traveling chaps to cruise homo-mythology, starting in ancient Sumeria and The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Ian traces the gay myth themes from the Greeks, to the Americas and beyond, exploring the stories, attributes, and sex lives of the gay gods; all the while fighting assimilation, in order to discover a new, homosexual myth of meaning.

The play is overflowing with gayness, and the video production is underway.
The budget is small, however, will be enough to get the show on it’s feet with some essentials that only money can buy.

kck.st/YPMAEE

Rewards depend on the level of donation, and include free tickets to the show, a print of the “Gay God Image” collage from the show by Wendell Jones, and a date with Ian.

Information: imackinn1@hotmail.com



Ongoing Support Needed (no deadlines)

Seeking Volunteers: Theater Offensive
Ongoing: posted May 15, 2007

Positions include: usher, flyer distribution, photographer, videographer, backstage helper, office help, marketing, etc.

Time commitment: regular or intermittent, weekday and weekend slots, day or evening. You determine your commitment level, and we work with you to find volunteer tasks that you’d enjoy.

Theater Offensive, 43 Thorndike St., Box 14, Cambridge, MA 02141
617-621-6090; joinus@thetheateroffensive.org
thetheateroffensive.org
“Forming and presenting the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community.”


Seeking Volunteers: Performing Arts Collection
Ongoing: posted January 2004

Seeking volunteers to help in many areas: sorting, cataloguing, research, acquisition, events and more.

ONE Institute & Archives, 909 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
213-741-0094; 310-854-0271
oneigla@usc.edu


Seeking Scripts: Theaters, Festivals, Contests

Highways Performance Space - Performance and Visual Works - Submissions Wanted
Deadline: August 25, 2017

Highways seeks performance and visual works by emerging and established Los Angeles-area based artists for presentation in its January-June 2018 calendar.

Both evening-length and short form works are being accepted.

Please send:

  • Description of the work
  • Your bio
  • Preferred period of presentation
  • Relevant video and image support material (as attachments and/or links)
Send to: submissions@highwaysperformance.org
Please include “January-June 2018 Submission” in the Subject heading.

Village Playwrights - 10-minute plays for “Queer Scare III” - Submissions Wanted
For staged reading of short plays at New York City’s LGBT Community Center, October 26, 2016, to celebrate Halloween
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016, 5pm

NO SUBMISSION FEE.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Scripts have a Halloween theme from a LGBTQ perspective.
  • Playwrights must be from the metro NYC area.
  • Scripts must be 10 minutes or less.
  • Plays will be read script-in-hand, minimally staged, no set.
  • Actors must stand.
  • Playwrights must self-produce, including casting, directing and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsing of their play.
  • Email your 10 minute script as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com
  • Include your Name, Address and Telephone in the body of the email.
  • DO NOT place your name on the script.
  • Write your play Title on Subject Line of e-mail.
More information:
        George Bistransin: 614-285-2515; villageplaywrights@gmail.com

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation - 2016 Playwriting Competition
Deadline: May 31, 2016

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.

Check for Guidelines for the playwriting competition:
      aabbfoundation.org
      Information: Julia Willis jwaabb26124@gmail.com


Highways Performance Space - Solo Dolo Submissions
Deadline: April 27, 2016

Highways seeks solo performance works for the sixth installment in our ongoing “Solo Dolo” series.
This series features a diverse array of new, and in-development twists, on the solo performance.

Solo Dolo 6 takes place in August-September 2016. Both short form works (max 30 min.) and installation works will be considered.

Please send proposals, work samples (as attachments and/or links) and bios:
      submissions@highwaysperformance.org
      Include "Solo Dolo 6" in the subject heading.

Highways Performance Space and Gallery, 1651 18th St. Santa Monica, California
Administrative: 310-453-1755; Reservations: 310-315-1459


New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest - Script Award
Deadline: July 31, 2016 (Email Submission Date)

As writers, we have been given a precious gift. Let us use that gift to create powerful new works that not only entertain, but also educate, enlighten, and uplift humanity.

Award:
      $300 and a professional reading in New York City with question and answer session.

Submission Fee: $25 per play
      Fee Details: newworksofmeritplaywritingcontest.com/fee--payment-method.html

Eligibility Details:
      newworksofmeritplaywritingcontest.com/dates--award--eligible-script--ineligible-script.html

Application Form:
      newworksofmeritplaywritingcontest.com/application.html

Information: newworksofmerit@aol.com


Robert Chesley Award - Playwriting Grant
Deadline: postmarked no later than January 16, 2016

The Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Grant is an annual competition for playwrights of LGBTQ theatre.
The grant seeks to encourage LGBTQ-themed work that makes a substantial contribution to the theatrical repertoire and community.

The Foundation underwrites a three-month residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico during 2017.
In addition, awardees receive a $1,000 stipend for personal expenses.

The Wurlitzer Foundation is located on 18 acres in the heart of Taos.
Past recipients include Maria Irene Fornes, Lisa Kron, Robert Patrick, Christopher Shinn, Paula Vogel and Doric Wilson.

Details:

  • No entry fee.
  • Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.
  • Download application form: wurlitzerfoundation.org/apply
  • Send script and form to:
    The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of NM
    Atten: Chesley/Bumbalo Playwrighting Competition
    PO Box 1891, Taos, NM 87571
  • Submissions must consist of the full manuscript and be clearly marked “Chesley/Bumbalo Competition” on the application form and script.
  • Manuscripts cannot be returned.
  • No bound or stapled scripts, please.
  • Awards announced by June 1, 2016.
Further questions? Please contact: Victor Bumbalo vgb828@gmail.com

Workshops

Ian MacKinnon’s Adonis Project Workshops
Tuesday Night Workshops July 8-August 26, 2014 - 7-9pm, Rehearsal and Performance September 12, 13, 2014 - 8pm

Ian MacKinnon
photo: Don Tinling  

Get creative, and gay, and participate in this exciting performance workshop, that uses movement, writing, and group work to organically create original solo performance pieces.

Workshops take place Tuesday nights, and feature a supportive environment where we can safely explore and develop our queer visions, and have fun with the creative process. Come get inspired, feisty and gay!

After the eight weekly meetings, we will meet for a two more meetings on the ninth week to rehears, and then perform, at one of LA’s hottest art spaces, the Human Resources in Chinatown. There, we will be part of “The Adonis Project,” an evening of queer art and performance.

Attendance to all sessions is preferred, but workshops are open to drop-ins, and those wanting to explore creatively, but not necessarily perform.
All are welcome. No experience necessary.

Ian MacKinnon is a gay-centered, performance activist who has been living and working in Los Angeles for more than a decade. For the last 3 years, his one-man Gay Hist-Orgy has toured throughout California.

July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014 - 7-9pm at
    Spirit Studio, 3711 Evans St., Los Angeles, California
    Wheelie access with obstacles
Plus Final Rehearsal and Performance on September 12, 13 - 8pm at
    Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home St., Los Angeles, California
    Wheelie access with obstacles
$80 for all 9 weeks / $20 individual sessions / No one turned away for lack of funds
Information: imackinn1@hotmail.com
Twitter: twitter.com/mackinnonian


Get More Gay Performance Workshops - with Ian MacKinnon
Tuesday Nights - January 7, 2014-February 25, 2014 - 7pm

Ian MacKinnon
photo: Leo Garcia  

A fun, creative, nonjudgmental workshop, combining gay liberation ideas with simple performance techniques to develop short pieces using our minds, bodies, and hearts. For creating new work, or bring in something you have been wanting to develop.

In this fun, creative, nonjudgemental workshop, we combine gay liberation ideas with simple performance techniques, to develop short pieces using our minds, bodies, and hearts. After a quick movement-based warm-up, we work together to actualize our creative visions. Come make new work, or bring in something you have been wanting to develop. Those wishing to create longer pieces, as well as those wishing to come play and explore, are welcome.

Attendance for all 8 weeks is preferred, but feel free to drop in when you can. No experience necessary. All are welcome.

January 7-Februay 25, 2014 - Tuesdays 7pm
Spirit Studio, 3711 Evans St., Los Angeles, California
Wheelie access with obstacles
Suggested donation:
    $80 for all 8 weeks
    $20 for individual workshop
No one turned away for lack of funds, pay what you can.
Information: imackinn1@hotmail.com
gayhistorgy.com


Michael Kearns Classes
Ongoing

Michael Kearns
photo: Jim Cox  

“Working with Michael Kearns is life altering and career enhancing.” - Rex Lee, star of Entourage

Michael Kearns has been teaching acting for more than three decades in a safe, non-judgmental, and fun environment.

Michael Kearns has featured in the world of art and politics for more than three decades, combining a mainstream career in film and television with prolific theatrical experience that includes writing, acting, directing, and producing.

In southern California
Check here for information regarding current classes: michaelkearns.net/classes.html
Information: 323-661-3406; mkla@att.net


Media

From Demian:

“The Right to Marry” - DVD
World’s 1st Marriage Equality Documentary.
Now available on DVD, re-edited from the original 1996 VHS video tape.

Information, images, 7-minute excerpt: The Right to Marry
Available from Amazon: The Right to Marry - DVD


“Demian’s Film & Video Projects” - DVD
The shorts on this DVD represent more than 40 years of moving-picture artistic endeavors. It includes 21 of Demian’s short films, and excerpts from larger projects.
 
Contains an 7-minute excerpt from “The Right to Marry”
 
Archive also contains an excerpt from “The Fight Before Christmas” - a heart-warming story of Bruce and Bill, a male couple, loosely based on Clement Moore’s familiar poem, “The Night Before Christmas.”
Bruce pretends his mom is Santa, while she pretends the two men are just roommates. But it is Bill, not Santa, who hits the roof.
 
Information: “Demian’s Film & Video Projects”
Available from Amazon: “Demian’s Film & Video Projects” - DVD

Bruce (Erik Maahs) is defensive when Bill (Mark Johnson) vents
his fury (about Bruce’s mommie) in “The Fight Before Christmas”

Book: Return to the Caffe Cino

Edited by Steve Susoyev and George Birimisa.

A collection of 22 plays originally produced at the Cafe Cino in Greenwich Village, circa 1959-1967, with memoir-style essays by many of the pioneers who helped to launch the revolution that took place in American theatre on the Cino’s 8-by-8-foot stage. Contributors include such Broadway legends as actress Bernadette Peters, playwright Edward Albee, and director Tom O’Horgan.

Steve Susoyev writes for the legal community on the child-custody rights of gay and lesbian parents and other human rights issues. His bestselling memoir, “People Farm,” won a 2004 Writer’s Digest “Culture Award.” Steve practices law in San Francisco, specializing in the needs of people with life-threatening conditions.

George Birimisa was the first openly gay playwright to receive a Rockefeller Foundation Grant. He later won the Drama-Logue Award for his 1978 play “Rainbow in the Night.” “Daddy Violet,” the 1967 play included in this collection, opened at the Cafe Cino and went on to tour college campuses in the U.S. and Canada. George is the founder and director of Intergeneration Writing Workshops in San Francisco. He won the “Harry Hay” award in 2005.

Published November 6, 2006 by Moving Finger Press.
The hardcover edition is marked at $44.95 and can be found for $29.67.


Book: My Blue Heaven

Play by Jane Chambers.

Josie and Molly, an urban, lesbian couple move to the country to save money, and enable one of them to pursue her writing career. They are nominated as couple of the year. An unwitting young man arrives to notify them of this honor, only to find a very different couple than he assumed.

One of Chambers funniest plays, it was the season opener for the Glines’ Second Gay American Arts Festival in 1981. Chamber directed the premiere on June 3, 1981 at the Shandol Theatre, New York, New York.

Jane Chambers’ irrepressible comedy, “My Blue Heaven” is available from TnT Classic Books, which also has published Chambers’ “A Late Snow,” “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove,” “Burning,” “Chasin’ Jason” and “Warrior at Rest,” as well as plays by Doric Wilson, Sidney Morris, Robert Chesley and Arch Brown.

A trade paper back, the library-type edition of “My Blue Heaven” has author comments, and information on the first New York production. The three-character play was designed to be easily produced with a simple set.

The $7.95 book may be purchased through:
Womancrafts
Drama Book Shop
Samuel French


Book: 1001 Beds

Book by Tim Miller.

A collection of Tim Miller’s essays, performances, manifestos, journals, and performance touring stories from Tokyo-to-Chattanooga.

For a signed copy, send an $18 (retails for $20) check to:
Tim Miller, P.O. Box 794, Venice, CA 90294-0794


Book: Michelangelo’s Models

design by Andrew Caldwall  
“Michelangelo’s Models,” the full-length, Renaissance romantic comedy by Robert Patrick is available in a 100-page acting edition with 30 black and white illustrations from four productions. Los Angeles playwright Robert Patrick, author of more than fifty published plays, is best known for his international success, “Kennedy’s Children.” He has ghostwritten for many films and TV shows.

photo by Andrew Caldwall  
Robert Patrick also wrote “Temple Slave” a novel, in part, about the early years of the modern gay theater movement. He was honored, on June 28, 2004, with the Off-Off Broadway Review Award of Excellence for the best play produced Off-Off Broadway (June 2003-to-May 2004) for his comedy “Hollywood at Sunset.”

For comments on “Hollywood at Sunset” and “Michelangelo’s Models,” please see this report from Bill Kaiser and Doric Wilson: Bi-coastal Robert Patrick

= $12 check or money order
= Robert Patrick, 1837 N., Alexandria Ave., #211, Los Angeles, CA 90027
= Please write on check: “I am over 18”
= Please include your e-address
Foreign sales: rbrtptrck@aol.com


Web site: Lodestar Quarterly

Read on-line, new fiction, poetry, and drama by some of today’s finest gay and lesbian writers.


Book: “The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays”

Purple Circuit member Kenneth Krauss has provided the introduction for a new version of “The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays” by Oscar Wilde.

Also, Kenneth is the author of “The Drama of Fallen France: Reading la Comedie Sans Tickets,” an examination of various dramatic works written, or produced, in Paris during the Nazi occupation.

Both books available from Barnes and Noble.


Book: Monstrous Martyrdoms: Three Plays

“Monstrous Martyrdoms: Three Plays,” by Eric Bentley

“Lord Alfred's Lover”
“The road will be red with monstrous martyrdoms, but we shall win.” Oscar Wilde wrote these words at the end of the nineteenth century after serving two years at hard labor for the crime of being homosexual. This modern martyrdom is the subject of this play, Eric Bentley's Brechtian dramatization of Wilde's last days.

“H for Hamlet”
is another variation on the modern martyr play, this time in homage to Pirandello. The protagonist thinks, or once thought, he was Hamlet. Fantasy? Perhaps.

“German Requiem”
Bentley takes inspiration from Heinrich von Kleist’s play “The Schroffenstein Family,” which in turn is a version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The young star-crossed lovers in his play are martyrs of an internecine conflict much like those seen in recent history in Ireland and the Middle East.

Available from Northwestern University Press for $16.


CD: Judy’s Scary Little Christmas

Co-written by James Webber and David Church
Composer and lyricist Joe Patrick Ward
Directed by Kay Cole

The show is a mix of a 1959 Judy Garland Christmas TV special and “The Twilight Zone.” Among Judy’s guests are: Bing Crosby, Liberace, Ethel Merman, Richard Nixon, Lillian Hellman, Joan Crawford, and Death.

This CD recreates the show, which premiered at the Victory Theater Center (Burbank, California), and played at the Court Theatre (West Hollywood, California), and in Portland, Oregon. It plays in Chicago and Des Moines in winter, 2005.

Cast includes: Connie Champagne, Sean Smith, Don Lucas, Lauri Johnson, Eric Anderson, Jan Sheldrick, Joanne O’Brien, Mark A. Cross, Dustin Strong, Jonathan Neeley, Terri Homberg-Olsen, Allen Everman II.

Connie Champagne recreates for the CD her performance as Judy Garland, for which she won an Ovation Award.

The CD can be purchased via: judyschristmas.com
$19.95


CD: Film Moi: Narcissus in the Dark

            
image by Howard Cruse              

A Robert Patrick autobiography seen through his favorite movies.
On CD-ROM formatted in MS Word.
$15 check
Robert Patrick, 1837 N., Alexandria Ave., #211, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Please state you are 18+ and aware you are ordering adult material.
Please include your e-address.
Info: rbrtptrck@aol.com

The disk contains more than 1000 illustrations in chapter-length critiques of 14 favorite films. Patrick is the author of “Kennedy’s Children,” “Blue is for Boys,” “T Shirts,” and “Untold Decades.” In “Film Moi,” he analyzes his life and times (1937-ongoing), the trends and traumas of Hollywood, and “the whirled we live in.”

Chapters include:
“Broken Blossoms,” “Fantasia,” “All About Eve,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Ten Commandments,” “Vertigo & Marnie,” “Gigi & Damn Yankees,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Judgment at Nuremberg,” “La Dolce Vita & 8 1/2,” “Porn,” “Nashville,” “All That Jazz,” “Aliens & Prick Up Your Ears”

Selected Quotes:
“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.”

“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, in his syndicated column, September 2003.

Robert Patrick, Playwright on WordPress
Robert Patrick (playwright) on Wikipedia


Book: You Could Drive a Person Crazy

“You Could Drive a Person Crazy: Chronicle of an American Theatre Company,”
by Scott Miller is about St. Louis’ only alternative musical theater company, New Line.

The book includes material on the theater’s first ten seasons, as well as thoughts about New Line from Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, and Post Dispatch critics Judy Newmark and Gerry Kowarsky. It contains a show-by-show history of the company, including cast and staff lists, review quotes, director’s program notes, and reminiscences from actors, designers, directors, choreographers, and audience members.

“You Could Drive a Person Crazy” is published by Writer’s Club Press (ISBN 0-595-26311-9) for $17.95.


Services

Script Doctor Services

This service is for play or movie scripts needing a seasoned writer/director/actor to give you feedback, correct grammar and spelling, as well as check for character consistencies and plot development.

Demian
Script Doctor for Film and Stage

Sweet Corn Productions
Seattle, WA
206-935-1206
demian@buddybuddy.com


Resources

Gaytheatre List on Yahoo

Gaytheatre - Gay and Lesbian Theatre Discussion List
      Dedicated to the discussion of gay and lesbian theatre issues, gay and lesbian theatre
      artists, and gay-themed plays, musicals, revues, and other theatre works.
      Useful for promoting your writing, music and productions. Has message board, calendar and links.
      Signing up for a free Yahoo account is required to access the Gaytheatre Group.
            List owner: gaytheatre-owner@yahoogroups.com
            Subscribe: gaytheatre-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
            Post message: gaytheatre@yahoogroups.com
            Unsubscribe: gaytheatre-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


Historical Documentation

Caffe Cino Pictures
      72 online pages of photos, posters, and plays from the legendary Caffe Cino (NYC 1958-1968)
      The first Off-Off Broadway theater and early stamping grounds of:
            Lanford Wilson, John Guare, Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick,Tom Eyen, Jean-Claude van Itallie, William M. Hoffman,
            Doric Wilson, George Birimisa, Tom O’Horgan, Marshall W. Mason, Al Pacino, Bernadette Peters, and many others.
      rbrtptrck@aol.com


Play Publishers and Distributors

Drama Book Shop
      Book sellers, blog.
      212-944-0595; fax 212-730-8739; info@dramabookshop.com
      250 W. 40th St., New York, NY 10018

Samuel French
      Play publishers and author representatives.
      212-206-8990; fax 212-206-1429; info@samuelfrench.com
      45 West 25th St., New York, NY 10010-2751



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