Randy Harrison, Christian Coulson and More Set for THE CLICK OF THE LOCK Reading

Randy Harrison, Christian Coulson and More Set for THE CLICK OF THE LOCK Reading

{Your Name Here} A Queer Theater Company is proud to present their second reading of The Click of the Lock, a new play by Justin Sayre (The Meeting*, Night of a Thousand Judys). The evening is co-produced by David Anzuelo and Artistic Director David Macke with special thanks to LAByrinth Theater Company. The cast will feature Brian Barefoot, Joe Beedles, Christian Coulson (Swan!!!, Harry Potter), Sean Dugan ("Smash," Next Fall), Cole Escola (Logo TV's "Jeffery & Cole Casserole"), Logan Ford, Randy Harrison (Silence! The Musical, Showtime's "Queer as Folk"), Rob Maitner (Urinetown, NY Fringe Festival; Bistro Award for Fairy Tales at the WPA Theater), Allen McCullough and Chris Tyler. Mr. Sayre serves as Director. The show will be held at the Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street in Manhattan) at 7:00 PM. Tickets, available to industry only, are available at tcotlreading@gmail.com.

The Click of the Lock, set in The Bowery of 1901, tells of the often forgotten world of the Fairie Resorts, the first instance of gay visibility in New York, a small group of saloons gearing toward men of certain "proclivities." "The Click of the Lock" follows "Lillian Russel," an aging fairie struggling to find a new home as one after another of the resorts are closed down. As a last chance, she goes to The Dream, where she is far from welcome. She talks with her "daughter," Gracie, trying to court Grace with the promises from a very wealthy and love-starved, Daniel. At the core of the play are conflicts with love, in the ephemeral and the tangible, the creation of an identity, and the truth about what we can own. Using the backdrop of the bad old days of the Bowery, music of the saloons, and this early emergence of early gay culture, "The Click of the Lock" sets out to explore the questions of family and identity, a play for anyone who thinks they know who they really are.

Justin Sayre - best known as the creator and writer of the hit downtown comedy/variety show The Meeting* and its annual benefit Night of A Thousand Judys - was described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as "Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg." In a recent story for Edge New York, Steve Weinstein said "Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I'm not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch." Justin 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 last April.

{YOUR NAME HERE} is a Queer Theater Company aimed at producing and creating groundbreaking and thought-provoking new works that positively depict the LGBTIQQA community and propel these stories to a larger audience. Our aim is to inspire, empower and celebrate. Our body of work will consist of full productions, a three-tiered reading series, talk backs, as well as a community/educational outreach component. Please continue to follow us on our website yournamehereqtc.org and on our social media pages facebook.com/yournameherenyc, twitter.com/yournameherenyc, and yournamehereqtc.tumblr.com

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