The Temperamentals

Diversionary Theatre
4545 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

"Temperamental" was code for "homosexual" in the early 1950's, part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate. The Temperamentals tells the story of two men - the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich (who, years later, would become famous as the creator of the topless bathing suit) - as they fall in love while building the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights organization in the pre-Stonewall United States. The play weaves together the personal and political to tell a relatively unknown chapter in gay history. It explores the love between two complex men, as their impossible dream of forming such an unheard of organization becomes a reality in this perilous, unpredictable world.

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