DVD: Demian’s Film & Video Projects - archive DVD|
21 shorts and excerpts: 1967-2006
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Bruce (Erik Maahs) is
defensive when Bill (Mark
Johnson) vents his fury in
“The Fight Before Christmas”
This archive 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.
Rev. Mel White in
“The Right to Marry”
It also contains an excerpt from “The Right to Marry” — the world’s first documentary (1996) about the struggle for the civil right of legal marriage for same-sex couples.
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:
Drama Book Shop
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|
“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.
design 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.”
photo by Andrew Caldwall
For comments on “Hollywood at Sunset” and “Michelangelo’s Models,” please see this report from Bill Kaiser and Doric Wilson: Bi-coastal Robert Patrick
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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.
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
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.
Robert Patrick, 1837 N., Alexandria Ave., #211, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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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.”
“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”
“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
“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.