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Pandora Productions Presents THE NEW CENTURY


In this collection of four short comedies by renowned playwright Paul Rudnick, author of Jeffrey and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, THE NEW CENTURY is hilarious and touching all at once with jokes and one-liners delivered rapid fire, hitting the audience squarely between the eyes...and in the heart.

Set in present day New York City, the first short features Jewish matron Helene, the self-proclaimed 'mosT Loving mother of all time' who brags on and on and on (!) about her three gay children at the local Long Island chapter of POLGBTQCCCO: Parents of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, The Transgendered, The Questioning, The Curious, The Creatively Concerned and Others. Next up is Mr. Charles, a Paul Lynde doppelganger spending his time in Palm Beach after a forcible exile from Manhattan by the new gay order inhabiting NYC. Describing himself as 'the gayest man in the universe', and fluent in 'Shebonics', Mr. Charles co-produces a cable TV show called "Too Gay?" with his hunka-hunka-burnin' love partner Shane, while also writing gay-themed picture books for children (works in progress include Uncle Patrick Has a Beautiful Apartment and Aunt Kathy's Large Friend). On the other side of the world is Midwesterner Barbara Allen Diggs, a ruthlessly competitive cake decorator and craftswoman who runs a booth at the local crafts fair. She proudly creates bric-a-brac and knick-knacks to honor her gay son because, as she tells the audience, "crafts inspire me to create something worth dusting."

Ultimately all of these hilarious and poignant people collide under surprising and comical circumstances raising questions not easily answered, further providing evidence of where our new century just might be heading.

NOTE: This production contains nudity, language and frank sexual descriptions and situations.

THE NEW CENTURY is presented at the Thrust Theatre at the University of Louisville, 2134 South Floyd Street @ Warnock Street. Directed by Michael J. Drury, Georgette Kleier and Steven Rahe, the cast features Kiel Dodd, Laura Ellis, Ed Lewis, Susan McNeese-Lynch and Carol Williams. Nightly performances begin at 7:30 p.m., June 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26, with one Sunday matinee on June 19 at 2:00 p.m. Running time for each show is approximately two hours with intermission. Tickets are on sale now with individual tickets available in advance for $15 or $17 day of show at or by calling 502-216-5502.

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