Lea DeLaria and More to Honor Elaine Stritch in Justin Sayre's THE MEETING, 2/21
Each edition of The Meeting* honors a different gay icon; the February show pays tribute to Broadway legend Elaine Stritch. The gravely glory of this grand dame of the theatre has been a favorite of the gays since she made her New York debut in 1947. From Sail Away, Goldilocks and her seminal star turn singing "The Ladies Who Lunch" in Company to her acerbic role in "30 Rock," Stritch is a Broadway baby for all time. In addition to musical guests Lea DeLaria, Rob Maitner and Mark Nadler, the show will feature acclaimed playwright Mark Snyder discussing Ms. Stritch's film cannon.
As dedicated followers of the I.O.S. know, Mr. Sayre was unceremoniously fired as Chairman of the Board in 2012 due to his various misdeeds. Sayre has been doggedly determined to win back his Chairmanship, however, and he has requested that the Membership to join him at his campaign headquarters as the results come in on I.O.S. election night. Which districts will he win? Which will he lose? On February 21 we will know whether he will be reappointed as I.O.S. Chairman or who his successor will be.
The Meeting*, the monthly gathering of the I.O.S. (International Order of Sodomites), has become a downtown sensation with its signature blend of outrageous comedy, political and social activism, and cultural education. Justin Sayre - the show's creator, writer and host - serves as the Chairman of the Board. Each month, the I.O.S gathers to educate the membership on essential business of the day through musical performances, skits, trivia and regular features such as "Letters to the Chairman" and "New Rulings from the Board."
Justin Sayre is a child of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania who demonstrated a supernatural instinct for "camp" at an early age. With a voice straight out the MGM finishing school for girls, he moved to New York believing it was still 1947. He was terribly misinformed. As an actor, he has worked and studied with some of the finest professionals in the city. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, devilish quips, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. An evening of his short plays, Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well... Writing - called one of the "Top 10 Events on the New York Stage" by the New York Daily News - sold out two shows at Ars Nova in April. His new play The Click of The Lock, featuring Randy Harrison, Christian Coulson, Blake Daniel and more, will have its second reading at the Bank Street Theatre later this month.
The monthly events have featured popular guest stars such as Nellie McKay, Justin VivIan Bond, Marilyn Maye, Christian Campbell, Lea DeLaria, Frank DeCaro, Molly Pope, Lance Horne, Lady Rizo, Tituss Burgess, Natalie Joy Johnson, Kenny Mellman, Randy Rainbow, Maude Maggart, Jack Ferver, Murray Hill, Jeffery Self and Cole Escola, Bridget Everett, Steve Hayes, Poor Baby Bree and more. Previous shows have paid tribute to singers such as Dolly Parton and Diana Ross; films like "Valley of the Dolls" and "Beaches"; actresses such as Bea Arthur and Molly Ringwald; as well as playwrights and filmmakers like Tennessee Williams and John Waters.