The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS)
The Street Theater Project
A concert reading of
Doric Wilson‘s STREET THEATER
at The Stonewall Inn
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:00PM (doors @ 6:00PM)
The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS) has been invited to kick off World Pride events at The Stonewall Inn on Monday May 13 with a concert reading of our founder Doric Wilson’s STREET THEATER, his 1981 play about the 90 minutes prior to the Stonewall uprising. The reading will be followed by a talkback/discussion with scholars, historians and Stonewall survivors. We will produce this same event throughout May and June with other LGBTQ+ organizations, but it is beautifully appropriate that we start where it all began.
STREET THEATER is TOSOS’ signature production, traditionally presented environmentally in gay-friendly establishments. Originally produced in New York City at The Mineshaft in 1982, the play is Doric Wilson’s seminal work, which focuses less on the events of June 28, 1969 than on the panoply of diverse individuals who made those events happen. (Wilson himself was a participant in all three nights of the Stonewall uprising as well as the first gay pride march in NYC the following year. He and his story are featured in the documentary Stonewall Uprising.) This concert reading reunites performers from the original cast with cast members from several critically acclaimed revivals of the play mounted since the play’s 20th anniversary revival in 2002, which played to sold out crowds at The Eagle NYC.
It has been a dream of the company to perform our Stonewall play at The Stonewall Inn itself, so we are forever grateful to Bill Morgan, Kurt Kelly and Stacy Lentz for their generous offer to appear as part of their program of events in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the uprising. Bringing an awareness of queer history to LGBTQ+ people, building community and connecting that community to the arts are all important to our company. We look forward to coming together for an evening of entertainment, education and enlightenment.
STREET THEATER Project readings that have been scheduled are listed below. More information about these readings will be posted as it becomes available. As dates come into focus for readings at other organizations, they will be posted here:
- Monday, May 13th @ 7:00PM at the Stonewall Inn – GET TICKETS
- Thursday, May 16th @ 8:00PM at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) – INFORMATION
- Monday, May 20th @ 7:00PM at The Eagle, NYC – GET TICKETS
- Saturday, June 1st @ 6:00PM at The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY – GET TICKETS