Photo Coverage: GAYFEST NYC Launch Party

GAYFEST NYC, a festival of new gay-themed plays and musicals, runs May 9-June 2, 2007 in NYC. This year's Main Stage selections, from over 175 submissions worldwide, are Revolution written and directed by Michael D. Jackson, Competing Narratives by A.B. Asher, directed by Margarett Perry, and A Kiss from Alexander, book and lyrics by Stephan DeGhelder, music by Brad Simmons, directed and choreographed by DJ Salisbury, co-produced with Dennis Grimaldi Productions. Two additional plays will be presented as staged readings:  Edward the King by David Hopes, directed by Sidney J. Burgoyne and The Casserole Brigade by David John Ford, directed by Martin Casella. GAYFEST NYC provides scholarships for graduates of Harvey Milk High School in Manhattan. Festival Passports and Individual tickets are available at www.theatermania.com or by calling 212-351-3101.  Visit www.GAYFESTNYC.com.


B (Reigning Empress of New York) and Gefil Tefish (The 2X Empress) of icny.org


Amy Levin, Martin Casella (Playwright/Director) and Judy Bowman (Casting Director)


Bruce Robert Harris, Michael Hotopp (Set Designer for GayFest NYC) and Jack W. Batman


Steven Ernst, Bruce Robert Harris and Jamie deRoy


Jack W. Batman and Sidney J. Burgoyne


Charles Abbott, Dennis Grimaldi and Stephen DeGhelder


Bruce Robert Harris, Charles Abbott, Dennis Grimaldi and Jack W. Batman


Brad Simmons, composer of A Kiss From Alexander


Maggie Graham and Corey Boardman


Maggie Graham and Corey Boardman 


Maggie Graham and Corey Boardman


Maggie Graham and Corey Boardman


Brad Simmons, composer of A Kiss From Alexander


Bruce Robert Harris, Jack W. Batman, Victor Rose, Valene Pizarro, Jodyann J. Morgan and Aggy Wong


Dan Rossi (Principal, Harvey Milk High School), Gefil Tefish and B


Gefil Tefish and B


Joshua S. Bocian, David Hilder and Philip Gerson


Gefil Tefish, Dan Rossi and B


Gefil Tefish, Jack W. Batman, Bruce Robert Harris and B


Todd Michaels, Alex Malyshed and Russ Theriot


Bruce Robert Harris, Dan Rossi and Jack W. Batman


Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman


Corey Boardman and Maggie Graham


Igor Sanna and Craig Ramsay


Bruce Robert Harris, Clif De Raita, Bruce Michael and Andy Sich


Chester Fultz and Michelle Rodriguez


Kristin Wheeler, Jack W. Batman and Robert A. Sherrill


Andy Sich, Bob Ost and Marvin Kahan


John Connolly, Martin Casella and Joshua Bocian


Sidney J. Burgoyne and Martin Casella

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.