Friday Cultural Promotion

While Dallas/Ft Worth has a wide ranging cultural scene, it is some what lacking in the LGBT/T arts area.  For this one tends to look to New York/SF/LA

Ks Stevens who wrote the lyrics, libretto and composition for this play asked me if I was interested in seeing it and possibly giving it a blurb.

I think we should promote plays and movies that include actual TA/TG performers and so I’m giving this play I won’t be able to see a boost.

BIG EXCELLENT 20TH REUNION

A musical comedy for the entire LGBTQA community

SYNOPSIS

ERICA KLEIN is an 18 year old adoptee and a woman of color who attends her recently deceased mother’s BIG EXCELLENT 20TH REUNION in order to deliver her mother’s last message to her dearest friends from high school. It is quickly revealed all were closeted during high school. We meet KEVIN YIH is a sober gay therapist who was homeless, and now works with at-risk youth and is living with HIV. MITCH JOHNSON is a gay man who was kicked out of the military, and became a leatherman and Hollywood stuntman. DEBRA GONZALES is a  professional bisexual who traded in working in the mortgage industry for a new law degree. SAMANTHA BLAINE is a cat-loving lesbian romance writer. And DANIELLE PARKER is transsexual Professor of Queer Theory and the former quarterback of the football team. Due to personalities and dynamics, it’s no easy task for ERICA to deliver her mother’s last message, as this play reveals the differences and internalized prejudices within the queer community. There are anthems for everyone and it is a deeply intimate story for those who have ever loved family and friends who are queer, from interracial and/or adopted families, or have been touched by cancer and HIV.

STARRING

Bianca Leigh, Alyssa Chiarello, Vincent DiGeronimo, Clarence P Ilanan, Elizabeth Whitney 

and introducing Raven Troup

Ks Stevens – Lyrics, Libretto and Composition  Freddy Hall – Musician

Brad Gardner – Musical Direction and Arrangements Marques Walls – Musician

Natalie Malotke – Choreographer Sir Real – Lighting Designer & Operator

Regie Cabico – Director  Theo Czerevko – Sound Design & Technician

Jamar Green – Director’s Assistant Onyx Jackson-Preston – Stage Manager

BIG EXCELLENT 20TH REUNION is made in PARTNERSHIP with:

MCCNY Homeless Youth Services: Sylvia’s Place, H.A.L.O (Helping and Loving Orphans), The Catalyst Foundation, Project Renewal, LGBT Community Center NYC Cultural Programs, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, WOW Cafe Theatre, BKLYN Dry Goods, Cap 21 Studios, Queers For Economic Justice, Fourth Arts Block, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and HB Studio.

The PREMIERE is JUNE 6TH, 2012 with a RED CARPET at 6:30 P.M., show is at 8 P.M. (Invitation Only).

There are 19 Performances in June for a three week run. The Final Performance is on June 23rd, 2012,

the night before NYC PRIDE SUNDAY 2012.

The play is located at THEATRE 80 (80 Saint Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues) in Manhattan.

Tickets go on sale MAY 1ST, 2012 on THEATERMANIA.COM. (https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/912061)

Tickets are $55 and $30 for seniors over 62 and students.

Performances will be held on the following dates and times:

June 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.

June 13, 17, 20, 22, 23 at 2 p.m.

June 17 at 7 p.m.

 Bianca Leigh (Danielle Parker) is a legitimate actress dubbed “a break-out star” by TimeOut magazine, Miss Leigh is one of downtown theatre’s leading lights. Bianca recently finished a successful return engagement of her solo musical BUSTEDat the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Her eclectic roles include “Time/Wind” in Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, “Livia” in Theatre Askew’s “I, Claudius, Live,” “Olivia” in Twelfth Night (performed entirely in American Sign Language), “Sylvia Rivera,” “Tammy Fay Baker” and “Loreena Bobbit.” Miss Leigh is best known for her role as “Mary Ellen” in the groundbreaking filmTransAmerica.
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