Elizabeth Ashley
(© Tristan Fuge)
Elizabeth Ashley
(© Tristan Fuge)
The Off-Broadway play The Temperamentals will begin a series of "TalkOut Mondays" on March 1 at New World Stages.

Jon Marans' play takes its title from the 1950s code word for homosexual, and tells the story of communist Harry Hay and young Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich, founders of the pre-Stonewall gay rights organization, The Mattachine Society. Thomas Jay Ryan and Michael Urie star, with the cast also featuring Arnie Burton, Matthew Schneck, and Sam Bresling Wright. Jonathan Silverstein directs.

Scheduled panelists include playwrights Larry Kramer and Paul Rudnick (March 1), cast members from The Temperamentals with radio hosts Derek & Romaine of Sirius "Out Q109" (March 8), playwright Bill C. Davis and activist Tom Viola (March 15), authors Charles Kaiser and John Loughery (March 23), and actress Elizabeth Ashley and director Michael Wilson (March 29).

Future panelists are expected to include Marle Becker, Charles Busch, David Carter, Brian Hargrove, David Hyde Pierce, Charles Kaiser, Frank Kameny, Tom Kirdahy, Judith Light, Jim McGreevey, Terrence McNally, Daryl Roth, and David Rothenberg.

For more information, visit www.thetemperamentals.com.