New York City
MAN underdog presents The Temperamentals, by Jon Marans, directed by Jonathan Silverstein.
“Temperamental” was a code word for “homosexual” in the early 1950s, part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate. In this underground world, danger was always an underlying presence. But with it, a heady, intoxicating secrecy also hung in the air.
The Temperamentals tells the story of two men — the communist Harry Hay and the young Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich, weaving together the personal and the political to tell a relatively unknown chapter in gay history. It explores the deepening love between two complex men, while they build the first gay rights organization in the United States pre-Stonewall.