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August 7-22, 2015
GayFest! turns 5 this year, and to celebrate the occasion we have all kinds of GREAT stuff for you, including 4 Philadelphia premieres (click on titles for more info):
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THE MAINSTAGE PLAYS:
AT THE FLASH
by Sean Chandler and David Leeper
DIRECTED BY DAVID ZAK
As the gay bar The Flash prepares for its reopening, characters from five decades of the bar's history--a married man, a drag queen, a club kid, a lesbian activist, and the bar's current owner--parade before us in this tour-de-force one man performance by Mr. Leeper.
by FJ Hartland
DIRECTED BY RICH RUBIN
Young Matt is trying to form a relationship with forty-something Cale, who's haunted by memories of his lover. His mom, a stand-up comic, has a routine fueled by anger at her late ex-husband (Matt's father). How do the two most important people in Matt's life learn to let go of the past and move on?
FROM WHITE PLAINS
by Michael Perlman
DIRECTED BY RICH RUBIN
An academy-award winning filmmaker conducts a social media battle with the man who bullied his friend in high school, leading to the friend's suicide (the subject of the film). How does one learn to forgive even the unforgivable before holding on destroys one's own relationships?
by The Five Lesbian Brothers
(Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, Lisa Kron)
DIRECTED BY JACK TAMBURRI
Something's rotten in the town of Big Bone! As lumberjacks at Cooney Lumber Mill begin disappearing, young Patty Johnson discovers the truth of this murderous gang of lesbian secretaries--but it's too late to turn back!
ONE NIGHT STANDS and STAGED READINGS
Half a dozen performances that embrace the diversity of the LGBT Community. The series features openly gay singer/songwriter Zach Ryan (August 16), a former contestant of Josh Schonewolf's Songbird: Search for Philly's Best Singer Season 3. The 24-year-old is a New Jersey native and Gayborhood regular and is one of Philadelphia's only gay country/folk singers. Hot A$$ Mess: A Gay Storytelling Extravaganza, an epic night of comedy filled with fun queer stories following a west coast transplant, featuring storyteller Steven Rascon. Also on tap: Gay Man in Training: A British Boy in Gay America, an intimate performance by singer-songwriter Ben Deane, which takes you through the journey of leaving home to grow up as a gay man in the USA, and the trials and tribulations of finding oneself - told through one-on-one storytelling, and a myriad of songs (both original and covers). Devil's Dance, Chelsea Sanz's tale of a chance meeting on the coast of Ireland. A workshop of a play that was recently at New York's Fresh Fruit Festival.
Two staged readings give you the chance to have coffee, meet the playwrights/cast, and see some of the newest LGBT work onstage. In In Gray She Ate by Michael Ruth, David gets dumped by his boyfriend over a bad joke and his love of food. Now he must decide whether to drop some pounds and win back his ex, or drown his sorrows in pizza--and an intriguing pizza boy. In My Favorite Husbands by Andrew Marvel, Mark's ex-lover is getting married - to a Republican councilman! As Mark prepares to crash the wedding and deals with the complications of his own relationship, much chaos ensues to great comic effect! Join us for these two Saturday matinees of new work!
photos of past GayFest! shows by John Donges