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LGBTQ* Plays, Monologues and Theatre
(aka: Queer Theatre You Should Know)
The Boys in the Band — Matt Crowley
Emory:The one person I have always loved. Delbert Botts. That’s who you said to call, isn’t it? I admit his name is not so good - but he is absolutely beautiful. - At least, he was when I was in high school. Of course, I haven’t seen him since and he was about seven years older than I even then. I’ve loved him ever since the first day I laid eyes on him which was when I was in the fifth grade and he was a senior. - then, he went away to college and by the time he got out I was in high school, and he had become a dentist. And he opened his office in a bank building. I went and had my teeth cleaned.
……..I told him I was having my teeth cleaned for the Junior-Senior Prom for which I was in charge of decorations…He was engaged to this stupid-ass girl named Loraine whose mother was truly Supercunt.
Anyway, I was a wreck. I mean a total mess. I couldn’t eat, sleep, stand up, sit down, nothing. I could hardly cut out silver stars or finish the clouds for the Prom…..
 So I called him on the telephone and asked if I could see him alone. He said okay and told me to come by his house. - I was so nervous this time - my hands were shaking and my voice was unsteady. I couldn’t look at him - I just stared straight in space and blurted out why I’d come. - I told him … I wanted him to be my friend. I said that I never knew anyone who I could take to and tell everything to and trust. I asked him if he would be my friend. He said he would be glad to be my friend. And anytime I ever wanted to see him or call him - to just call him and he’d see me. And he shook my trembling wet hand and I left on a cloud, no not one of the ones I made myself. And the next day I went out and bought him a gold-plated cigarette lighter and had his initials monogrammed on it, and wrote a card that said, “From your friend, Emory.”
And then on the night of the Prom I found out. I heard two girls I knew giggling together. …..This girl who was telling the story said she had heard it from her mother - and her mother had heard it from Loraine’s mother. Obviously, Del had told Loraine about my calling and about the gift. Pretty soon everybody at the dance had heard about it and they were all laughing and making jokes. Everybody knew I had a crush on Doctor Delbert Botts and that I had asked him to be my friend. What they didn’t know was that I loved him. And that I would go on loving him years after they had all forgotten my funny secret.

LGBTQ* Plays, Monologues and Theatre

(aka: Queer Theatre You Should Know)

The Boys in the Band — Matt Crowley

Emory:The one person I have always loved. Delbert Botts. That’s who you said to call, isn’t it? I admit his name is not so good - but he is absolutely beautiful. - At least, he was when I was in high school. Of course, I haven’t seen him since and he was about seven years older than I even then. I’ve loved him ever since the first day I laid eyes on him which was when I was in the fifth grade and he was a senior. - then, he went away to college and by the time he got out I was in high school, and he had become a dentist. And he opened his office in a bank building. I went and had my teeth cleaned.

……..I told him I was having my teeth cleaned for the Junior-Senior Prom for which I was in charge of decorations…He was engaged to this stupid-ass girl named Loraine whose mother was truly Supercunt.

Anyway, I was a wreck. I mean a total mess. I couldn’t eat, sleep, stand up, sit down, nothing. I could hardly cut out silver stars or finish the clouds for the Prom…..

 So I called him on the telephone and asked if I could see him alone. He said okay and told me to come by his house. - I was so nervous this time - my hands were shaking and my voice was unsteady. I couldn’t look at him - I just stared straight in space and blurted out why I’d come. - I told him … I wanted him to be my friend. I said that I never knew anyone who I could take to and tell everything to and trust. I asked him if he would be my friend. He said he would be glad to be my friend. And anytime I ever wanted to see him or call him - to just call him and he’d see me. And he shook my trembling wet hand and I left on a cloud, no not one of the ones I made myself. And the next day I went out and bought him a gold-plated cigarette lighter and had his initials monogrammed on it, and wrote a card that said, “From your friend, Emory.”

And then on the night of the Prom I found out. I heard two girls I knew giggling together. …..This girl who was telling the story said she had heard it from her mother - and her mother had heard it from Loraine’s mother. Obviously, Del had told Loraine about my calling and about the gift. Pretty soon everybody at the dance had heard about it and they were all laughing and making jokes. Everybody knew I had a crush on Doctor Delbert Botts and that I had asked him to be my friend. What they didn’t know was that I loved him. And that I would go on loving him years after they had all forgotten my funny secret.

LGBTQ* News Discussed with Satire

Broadway Does it Best! — Even on the Great Red Way.

"Citing homosexual propaganda law, Russian government outlaws theatrical performances ; Russian Broadway community responds."

 

LGBTQ* Theatre Blog You May Have Missed: "Don't Call Me Ma'am: On the Politics of Trans Casting" by MJ Kaufman

I think that casting trans actors in trans roles is important not only because we need to make our bodies visible, but because many transpeople’s lives are materially impacted by transphobia. ….” 

Read More HERE

LBGTQ* Theatres YOU SHOULD Know

About Face Theatre - Chicago  (following text from About Face’s Website)
Mission: About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.(from website)
Current Production: 
WHAT’S THE T? By the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and Sara Kerastas July 13 – August 4th
Internet personality/trans activist/ fierce community leader Ms. Ma uses her YouTube page to create community, live glamour, and spread the good word about queer safe spaces in Chicago. WHAT’S THE T? tells the story of Ms Ma’s tangled web of connections, her struggle to stay positive, and what happens to her community when she disappears.
Inspired by issues of race, gender, age and class in Boystown, WHAT’S THE T? is based on true stories and interviews from LGBTQA young folks in and around Chicago. (for more information, visit their Box Office!)

Want to get to know more about the AFT Interns?! Visit their Tumblr. (http://aboutfaceinterns.tumblr.com/)

LBGTQ* Theatres YOU SHOULD Know


About Face Theatre - Chicago  (following text from About Face’s Website)

Mission: About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.(from website)

Current Production:

WHAT’S THE T?
By the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and Sara Kerastas
July 13 – August 4th

Internet personality/trans activist/ fierce community leader Ms. Ma uses her YouTube page to create community, live glamour, and spread the good word about queer safe spaces in Chicago. WHAT’S THE T? tells the story of Ms Ma’s tangled web of connections, her struggle to stay positive, and what happens to her community when she disappears.

Inspired by issues of race, gender, age and class in Boystown, WHAT’S THE T? is based on true stories and interviews from LGBTQA young folks in and around Chicago.
(for more information, visit their Box Office!)

Want to get to know more about the AFT Interns?! Visit their Tumblr. (http://aboutfaceinterns.tumblr.com/)

LGBTQ* Plays, Monologues, Dramatic Works, and Theatre You Should Know
DOG SEES GOD - Bert  V. Royal
(2004)
THE STORY: When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful. (from: http://www.dramatists.com/)

LGBTQ* Plays, Monologues, Dramatic Works, and Theatre You Should Know

DOG SEES GOD - Bert  V. Royal

(2004)

THE STORY: When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful. (from: http://www.dramatists.com/)

LGBTQ* Theatre, Broadway and Dramatic History You Should Know

The Captive — September 1926 - Empire Theatre
First lesbian play on Broadway, which told of the seduction of a young woman by an older woman. The older woman is referred to as a degenerate in the play.

LGBTQ* Theatre, Broadway and Dramatic History You Should Know

The Captive — September 1926 - Empire Theatre

First lesbian play on Broadway, which told of the seduction of a young woman by an older woman. The older woman is referred to as a degenerate in the play.


LGBTQ* Monologues, Plays and Movie Adaptations You Should Know

Angels in America - Tony Kushner (playwright)

Prior: The fountain’s not flowing now, they turn it off in the winter. Ice in the pipes. But in the summer…it’s a sight to see, and I want to be around to see it. I plan to be, I hope to be. This disease will be the end of many of us, but not nearly all. And the dead will be commemorated, and will struggle on with the living and we are not going away. We won’t die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward, we will be citizens. The time has come. Bye now, you are fabulous each and every one and I bless you. More life, the great work begins.

Jan 7

LGBTQ* Theatre, Musicals, and Parodies You Should Know

AVENUE Q

If You Were Gay
Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

 — Nicky and Rod from AVENUE Q the musical


LGBTQ* Theatre You Should Know

Zanna, Don’t!: A Musical Fairy Tale

written by Tom Acito

2002 Preview // Starring Jai Rodriguez of Queer Eye off-Broadway in 2003

The story is set in a parallel universe where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is a taboo. Set in mid-west America, “Zanna” takes place at heterophobic Heartsville High. Zanna is the school’s matchmaker, bringing together happy couples until the football team’s quarterback and the captain of the Girls’ Intramural Mechanical Bull-Riding Team begin to discover their feelings for each other. (Wiki synopsis)

(Above Video: Australian Premiere) 

LGBTQ* History Behind The Story
THE CHILDREN’S HOUR
(You can watch the trailer to the film version here)
On 20 November 1934, Lillian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour opened on Broadway to rave reviews and sell-out audiences. It told the story of two Scottish schoolteachers, Marianne Woods and Jane Pirie, accused of lesbianism by one of their students, and was based on an actual case in 19th-century Scotland. The play was filmed in 1962 as The Loudest Whisper (also released as The Children’s Hour), in which the heroine’s epiphany is that she is, indeed, a lesbian, necessitates (as was the Hollywood tradition of the time with any gay character) that she die (in this case, suicide).
In reality, however, the two women in Scotland brought a successful legal action against the woman who had spread the original rumors. The notoriety of the case led the British authorities in the following year (1812) to debate the possibility of sex between two women. 
Their conclusion? Not Possible.
(text from: Baker, Michelle, and Stephen Tropiano. Queer Facts: the Greatest Gay and Lesbian Trivia Book Ever. London: Arcane, 2004)

Additional Info from Tumblr http://justlikegmpavalentine.tumblr.com/:
For those who have the Turner Classic Movie (TCM) channel, The Children’s Hour is going to be airing on November 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM, eastern time.

LGBTQ* History Behind The Story

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR

(You can watch the trailer to the film version here)

On 20 November 1934, Lillian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour opened on Broadway to rave reviews and sell-out audiences. It told the story of two Scottish schoolteachers, Marianne Woods and Jane Pirie, accused of lesbianism by one of their students, and was based on an actual case in 19th-century Scotland. The play was filmed in 1962 as The Loudest Whisper (also released as The Children’s Hour), in which the heroine’s epiphany is that she is, indeed, a lesbian, necessitates (as was the Hollywood tradition of the time with any gay character) that she die (in this case, suicide).

In reality, however, the two women in Scotland brought a successful legal action against the woman who had spread the original rumors. The notoriety of the case led the British authorities in the following year (1812) to debate the possibility of sex between two women. 

Their conclusion? Not Possible.

(text from: Baker, Michelle, and Stephen Tropiano. Queer Facts: the Greatest Gay and Lesbian Trivia Book Ever. London: Arcane, 2004)

Additional Info from Tumblr http://justlikegmpavalentine.tumblr.com/:

For those who have the Turner Classic Movie (TCM) channel, The Children’s Hour is going to be airing on November 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM, eastern time.

LGBTQ* Plays, Monologues and Theatre
Tea and Sympathy — Robert Anderson
Full Length, Drama
9M, 2F
From the author of I Never Sang for My Father, this groundbreaking drama explores a sensitive young man’s coming of age amid the taunts and suspicions of his classmates and teachers at a private boy’s academy. Only a sympathetic act of compassion by the wife of the headmaster gives young Tom the courage to grow into a man. (www.samuelfrench.com)

LGBTQ* Plays, Monologues and Theatre

Tea and Sympathy — Robert Anderson

Full Length, Drama

9M, 2F

From the author of I Never Sang for My Father, this groundbreaking drama explores a sensitive young man’s coming of age amid the taunts and suspicions of his classmates and teachers at a private boy’s academy. Only a sympathetic act of compassion by the wife of the headmaster gives young Tom the courage to grow into a man. (www.samuelfrench.com)

LGBTQ Plays, Monologues and Theatre
Stop Kiss - Diana Son
(1998)
THE STORY: “A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably,” says Variety. After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.

LGBTQ Plays, Monologues and Theatre

Stop Kiss - Diana Son

(1998)

THE STORY: “A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably,” says Variety. After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.