GAYFEST NYC, the country's premier producer of new LGBT-themed plays presents its fourth annual festival, a five-week event filled with new theatre works spotlighting LGBT issues. This year, the Festival will include four fully-staged Actors' Equity Association productions featuring professional actors, talk-backs with the authors of the Festival plays, appearances by celebrated members of the LGBT community, plus special events.
All proceeds from GAYFEST NYC benefit the Harvey Milk High School.
May 6 - May 16
ROMEO AND HAMLET
by R. JONATHAN CHAPMAN and KEVIN STEFAN
directed by SIDNEY J. BURGOYNE
Winner, 2005 Outstanding Original Script, CAT Awards (Canada)
A comedy on marriage equality in the style of William Shakespeare. Romeo goes to the ball where he is soon to meet the beautiful young Juliet, but bumps into the dashing Prince Hamlet instead. Naturally, the two fall hopelessly in love. While Hamlet strives to juggle the pressures of his new-found love, his arch-conservative family, and his quest for revenge, he must also keep his secrets from the woman he is sworn to marry: Hell hath no fury like a Juliet scorned.
May 6-8, May 11-15 evenings at 8:00 pm
May 8 matinee at 2:00 pm
May 9 and 16 evenings at 6:00 pm
May 13 - May 23
by F.J. HARTLAND
directed by MARGARETT PERRY
A young painter finds his life turned upside down by a new lover with a mysterious past and a mother pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian. Whose side will he take?
May 13-15, May18-22 evenings at 8:30 pm
May 15 matinee at 2:00 pm
May 16 and 23 evenings at 6:30 pm
May 27- June 6
THIS ONE GIRL'S STORY
(inspired by the proud life of Sakia Gunn)
book by BIL WRIGHT
music & lyrics by DIONNE McCLAIN-FREENEY
directed and choreographed by DEVANAND JANKI
Four girls out on the town, laughing and loving, until a senseless crime of hate turns a night of joy into tragedy. The powerful score includes pop, gospel, jazz and echoes of traditional musical theatre.
May 27-29, June 1-5 evenings at 8:30 pm
May 29 and June 5 matinees at 2:00 pm
May 30 and June 6 evenings at 6:30 pm
May 24 - 26
STEVE HAYES: TIRED OLD QUEEN AT THE MOVIES: LIVE!
with John Bixler and Special Guest Stars
directed by Vincent J. Cardinal
Veteran gay character actor and old movie lover Steve Hayes brings his hugely successful YouTube show to the stage in a special live edition for GAYFEST NYC. Along with his friend and co-host John "Johnny" Bixler, Steve offers up tantalizing "tidbits" concerning the classic films he knows and loves. The plots, the stars, the studios, the directors, the technical problems, the controversies, the rumors, the scandals and the inevitable truths, all come under his scrutiny in 90 minutes of laughter and revealing insights as only Steve Hayes can offer; sometimes personal, sometimes profound, and always full of humor.
Mon - Saturday, May 24-29 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 29 at 2:30pm