Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman said, “Because of the unpredictable economy we decided some months ago to be fiscally prudent and to reduce the scope of this year's festival. We read over three dozen new works and have chosen to present two of them in staged readings with Actors’ Equity Association casts. We are also offering a very special event starring Del Shores, the creator of the cult-classic Sordid Lives, with a guest appearance by television icon, Rue McClanahan.”
MOTHER TONGUE by F.J. HARTLAND (New York Premiere)
June 3, 2009, 7:00 pm
Directed by TONY STEVENS
Featuring Nicholas Galbraith, Laura Kenyon and Kevin Spirtas.
A young painter finds his life turned upside down by a new lover with a mysterious past and a mother pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian. Will he end up siding with the one who can't stop loving someone from the past--or one who can't stop hating someone from the past?
THE LEGACY by ADAM SIEGEL (New York Premiere)
June 4, 2009, 7:00 pm
Directed by MARTIN CASELLA
Featuring Ian Kahn, Larry Keith and Jack Wetherall
A famous children's author and illustrator has rarely seen his son since walking out on his family to live with another man more than forty years ago. The son’s appearance at his father's doorstep sets in motion a dramatic chain of events that exposes a family's betrayals and secrets as it struggles to come to terms with its past.
Winner of the 2008 New Play Festival, South Carolina’s Center Stage
DEL SHORES THE STORYTELLER
With Guest Appearance by RUE McCLANAHAN
June 6, 2009, 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm
Del Shores is best known for his 2001 cult classic film Sordid Lives which was adapted by Shores for the small screen and premiered on MTV/LOGO, garnering rave reviews for Shores and the all-star cast (Rue McClanahan, Olivia Newton-John, Caroline Rhea, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant) and becoming their biggest hit to date. The series is currently syndicated internationally in over a dozen countries. Other plays by Shores include his GLAAD award-winning Southern Baptist Sissies; the Ovation and Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winning The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife; and the now classic Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) for which Shores executive produced and adapted the screenplay for the 1990 MGM film. He has also written and produced for many TV shows most notably Dharma & Greg and Queer as Folk.
All GAYFEST NYC performances will be held at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street, New York City.
For reservations to the free readings of Mother Tongue and The Legacy call 212-868-5570. Seating is extremely limited.
For tickets to Del Shores The Storyteller call 323-654-6083. Tickets are $35 and will benefit the Harvey Milk High School. For more ticketing information, go to www.DelShores.net.