ON THE MAIN STAGE
REVOLUTION by Michael D. Jackson – (World Premiere) In docudrama form, REVOLUTION depicts the events leading up to the gay liberation movement ignited by the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969. The play shows the resistance from the gay community towards prejudice and unjust laws and the growing courage to fight back for equal rights. Through the use of historic newsreel footage provided by the Stonewall Foundation and other organizations, Mr. Jackson offers his fictional account of a young college student's experiences in New York City and what it was like to be openly gay in the late 1960s.
Directed by Michael D. Jackson.
COMPETING NARRATIVES by A.B. Asher – (World Premiere) A compelling story of three lives re-examined. A reclusive straight-appearing former gay activist and his exuberant life partner are visited one day by an African-American journalist who is harboring a long-held secret he is finally determined to reveal. The lives of these three men collide and they are challenged to question their own and each other’s beliefs about race, sexuality and identity.
Directed by Margarett Perry.
A KISS FROM ALEXANDER, book and lyrics by Stephan DeGhelder, music by Brad Simmons – (New York Premiere) It’s in the East Village of NYC where attractive director Nick Matthews is staging “Alexander Was Great!” an over-the-top gay musical that portrays the ancient Macedonian world conqueror as a royal party animal. Alexander himself – now a deity – is restored to mortal life as a beautiful and gifted actor and sent to Earth to foil Nick’s blasphemous show. Alexander almost succeeds until he discovers that Nick is the reincarnation of his great love, thereby sending what was a campy, backstage musical into a romantic tailspin as immortal love blazes anew.
Directed by DJ Salisbury
IN THE READING SERIES
EDWARD THE KING by David Hopes – (World Premiere) Beset by the duties of his birth and dominated by a heroic father, Edward looks forward to a life of apparent conformity and desperate subterfuge, until he meets Piers Gaveston in a dirty alley. It’s love and rebellion at first sight. From then on, Edward steers a perilous course between desire and safety, which does not entirely end even when he becomes king.
Directed by Sidney J. Burgoyne
THE CASSEROLE BRIGADE by Robert John Ford – (World Premiere) Suddenly finding themselves single again in the unfamiliar era of online dating, four inventive widows develop a decidedly old-school method to meet potential new partners. Along the way, their traditional views on relationships are turned upside-down as they find that new love can be found in surprising places.
Directed by Sturgis Warner