Doric Wilson's STREET THEATER Launches TOSOS' 2017-18 Season Tonight
Please join TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence) and the Eagle Bar NYC for STREET THEATER, Doric Wilson's award-winning satire about the evening of the Stonewall riots.
Set in Greenwich Village June 28, 1969, shortly before the first brick was thrown at the Stonewall Inn, Doric Wilson's legendary satire STREET THEATER follows the exploits of the cruisers, drag queens, undercover cops, dykes, hippies, mobsters and bystanders (innocent and otherwise) as they catapult toward the moment that changed the course of history.
Setting: A performance space (and then Christopher Street)
Time: The present (and then late evening, the 28th of June, 1969)
Featuring: Tim Abrams, Chris Andersson, Christopher Borg*, Desmond Dutcher*, Joshua Kenney*, Russell Jordan*, Jeremy Lawrence*, Michael Lynch*, PatRick Porter*, Ben Strothmann (*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity)
Costume Designer: Chris Weikel
Wig/Makeup Designer: Zsamira Sol Ronquillo
Stage Manager/Assistant Director: Mary Louise Mooney
Assistant Stage Manager: Morry Campbell
House Manager: Robin Kaufman
Publicist: Andrea Alton
Graphics Design/Layout: Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Mark Finley, the show runs: Wed - Sat. September 20, 21, 22 & 23; Tues - Sat. September 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30; and Mon. - Wed. October 2, 3 & 4 at 7:00 pm
Advance tickets $25 at streettheaternyc.brownpapertickets.com or $25 at the door, cash only (limited availability). Senior discount (62+) $15. The Eagle Bar NYC is located at 554 West 28th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). Running time: 90 minutes (one intermission).
*Please note: audience members must be 21+ to attend, please present ID at the door.
A participant in the Stonewall Uprising, Doric Wilson wrote Street Theater not so much as a history of the event but as a record of the people he knew and the incidents he was involved in on Christopher Street in the months, days and hours leading up to the night gays fought back. The play focuses on a panorama of drags, dykes, leathermen, flower children, vice cops and cruisers- the innocent and not-so-innocent bystanders who would turn June 28, 1969 into Stonewall-the D-day of gay history.
Frequently called the "father of modern queer theatre," Doric Wilson's 50 year dedication to queer culture was recognized with the first Robert Chesley Award for Lifetime Achievement in Gay Theatre; the 2007 IT Award for Artistic Achievement; in 2009, the ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) Career Achievement Award for Professional Theatre; and the 2010 PassionFruit Award for Enduring and Continuing Pioneer Work in LGBT Theater.
In 1974, playwright and gay activist Doric Wilson founded the first professional gay theatre company. It was called The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS for short). In 2002, directors Mark Finley and Barry Childs and Wilson resurrected the company, rededicating it to an honest and open exploration of the life experience and cultural sensibility of the GLBT community and to preserving and promoting our theatrical past in a determined effort to keep an important literary heritage alive. TOSOS has presented a number of critically acclaimed plays by playwrights David Bell, Meryl Cohn, Linda Eisenstein, Mark Finley, Robert Patrick, Chris Weikel, The Five Lesbian Brothers, Lanford Wilson and Charles Busch. TOSOS also runs the highly successful Chesley/Chambers play reading series under the directorship of Kathleen Warnock. The program is a recipient of grants from The Dramatists Guild Fund. For more information about TOSOS visit www.tososnyc.org.
Cover graphic and title by Howard Cruse from the 1983 Mineshaft production.