August 1 – A benefit reading of Doric Wilson’s The West Street Gang
“Gay bars have always been a haven for queers; and they’ve always been targets for people who hate queers,” Playwright Doric Wilson (1939-2011) wrote about one such New York City gay bar in 1977 in his classic play, “The West Street Gang.”
Wilson’s play, originally produced at The Spike, was written three years before the Ramrod leather bar massacre in November, 1980, in which a man armed with a machine gun shot eight people, killing two. It is a dark, comic look at The Chain Gang’s patrons and their attempts to defend it from both physical attacks as well as political attempts to close it.
· Written by Doric Wilson
· Directed by Mark Finley
· Featuring Josh Kenney, Brock Yurick, Marc Castle, Patrick Porter, Desmond Dutcher, Christopher Borg, Chris Weikel, Ron Bopst, J.Stephen Brantley, James Whelan, Elizabeth Bell, Chris Andersson, Rick Hinkson and Gail Dennison.
Date and Time: Monday, August 1st – 7:30PM (Doors open at 7PM)
Location: The Eagle, NYC — 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY
No admission charge: 100% of all donations made at the reading will be directed to OneOrlando
And right on its heels…
August 12-27 – Kathleen Warnock’s The Further Adventures Of… in FringeNYC
Tune in again for “The Further Adventures of…” and follow Maggie Day as she uncovers the story of Commander Zoron and Prince Kal in the ’50s sci-fi serial, Atlantis, 1 Million Years B.C., and the lives of actors who portrayed them, Drake Darling and Frank Gallagher, and follows their paths from a classic sci-fi show to the age of the Internet, revealing hidden secrets, lost loves, and things people couldn’t say then (and maybe even now?).
· Written by Kathleen Warnock
· Directed by Eric Chase
Date and Time: Friday, August 12th at 5PM; Monday, August 15th at 7PM; Saturday, August 20th at 7:15PM; Wednesday, August 24th at 5PM; Saturday, August 27th at 9:15PM
Location: Fringe Venue #3 – Teatro LATEA: 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey)
Admission: $15 – Tickets available through Fringe NYC