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As NYC’s oldest and longest-producing LGBTQIA+ theater company,

The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS) is dedicated to an honest and open exploration

of the life experience and cultural sensibility of the LGBTQIA+ community

in the present day and to preserving and promoting our literary past

in a determined effort to keep our theatrical heritage alive.


If we had a keen vision and feeling
of all ordinary human life,
it would be like hearing the grass grow
and the squirrel's heart beat,
and we should die of that roar which lies on...



-George Eliot


The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS) celebrates writers — the chroniclers of our diverse collective history — and serves as a curator of the LGBTQIA+ theatrical timeline by keeping our theatrical heritage alive and in conversation with the playwrights of today.


Through our mainstage productions and our free reading series, our audiences — and especially our LGBTQIA+ youth — can hear the voices of both the past and the present to learn how far we’ve come (or not) as a community. They are given the opportunity to understand the generations who came before us, what life was like for them, and how they fought for the rights and freedoms we have today. At the same time, we give the stage to the writers of the present day who help us understand the continued struggles and incremental triumphs of our community and give us perspective on our collective progress.

Community is big for us. With great joy and good humor, we bring our TOSOS family together at social events like our free play readings and holiday parties. We discuss and debate the art we showcase — to learn from each other and build respect and understanding — and have lots of laughs!


At TOSOS, we embrace our differences. As an LGBTQIA+ theater company, we value the diversity of artistic, cultural and life perspectives our artists bring to our stages. As storytellers, we champion the voices that aren’t being heard. As people, we strive toward equality, toward a world where everyone is welcome to the party.



DEI Statement


The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS) is committed to equal opportunity employment and involvement, regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, ancestry, nation of origin, citizenship, languages spoken, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, religion, education, opinions and beliefs.

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