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Lonely Planet - - West End

£15+

It’s the 1980s in an unknown American city. There is no internet and mobile phones are a rarity, sharing information and knowledge is near impossible. A poster appears at a local store of a person’s torso with lesions all over. It’s an unknown condition that spreads quickly.



This is how people became aware of an unknown virus which ended up decimating the gay community. The medical world barely knew what it was or how it got passed around, let alone the people themselves. The moment you realise you’ve contracted this disease, it’s just too late.



Within a climate of social stigma, isolation, and governmental neglect how would you react if you thought you might have a life-threatening disease? Would you want to know, or would you prefer to stay oblivious and isolate yourself?



Transferring from the Tabard Theatre for a strictly limited run, Lonely Planet is a wonderfully moving, funny and intimate play that focuses on the friendship between Jody, a cautious and thoughtful man who owns a map store; and Carl, a frequent visitor to the store with an unusually vivid imagination and multiple, ever-changing occupations. The play shows an individual’s struggle to come to terms with illness, their own mortality and the stigma associated with AIDS.



Sponsored by Pasante and INSTI self-test kits, and playing at Trafalgar Studio 2 in the run-up to London’s iconic Pride parade, don’t miss this heartfelt and witty production. Must end 7 July.

Schedule

Running Time: 100 minutes including interval

Trafalgar Theatre (Formally Trafalgar Studios 2

(London, )
14 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2DY, United Kingdom
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by Abigail Charpentier - Sep 4, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018
Twelfth Night takes place on the mythical, magical island of Illyria, where almost anything can happen in Director Jennifer LeBlanc's fresh and comedic version of this classic. A shipwreck has stranded two survivors here, Sebastian and Viola, brother and sister, although each is unaware of the survival of the other. The sister, Viola, dresses as a man to protect herself in this strange environment, frustrating Duke Orsino who finds himself falling in love. Great comic confusion ensues involving some of Shakespeare's greatest comic characters, including Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Sir Toby Belch, jester-like Feste and the imposing Malvolio. Will true love win out? Will siblings be reunited? Not easily. And therein lies our tale.
by Julie Musbach - Sep 27, 2018
New Repertory Theatre presents the New England Premiere of We Will Not Be Silent, the docudrama by playwright David Meyers. Directed by New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa, the production runs October 13 through November 4, 2018 in the main stage theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA.
by Julie Musbach - Sep 21, 2018
New Repertory Theatre, the professional theatre company in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, announces that Artistic Director Jim Petosa will step down from his leadership position (held since 2012) at the end of the 2018-2019 Season. He will next direct We Will Not Be Silent, opening in October, which will be the last production he directs during his tenure as artistic director.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Sep 20, 2018
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by A.A. Cristi - Sep 14, 2020
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by Tori Hartshorn - Sep 12, 2018
THE THE, one of the most intriguing bands ever to emerge from England, has announced a series of screenings of The Inertia Variations in every city on their upcoming North American tour launching this Friday, September 14.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 10, 2018
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by Audition Roundup - Oct 7, 2018
Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, October 7, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 25, 2020
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 11, 2019
Funny 'cause it's true. Look back and laugh. Too soon. This time, the Second City is Laughing For all the Wrong Reasons. The Second City is here to break all the comedy rules they made famous in this all-new, all-hilarious revue that will leave you laughing...and questioning your very existence on this lonely planet.
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2021
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre & Actors Collaborative Toledo present LONELY PLANET by Steven Dietz, directed by Benjamin Jameson.
by Macon Prickett - May 21, 2018
THE THE, one of the most intriguing bands ever to emerge from England, have announced the full band lineup for their first live shows in 16 years, with their first North American concerts in 18 years set for this September.
by Julie Musbach - May 18, 2018
The New Harmony Project (Lori Wolter Hudson, Artistic Director; David Hudson, Executive Director), an organization dedicated to supporting writers whose work emanates hope, will kick off its 32nd annual spring conference on Monday, May 21 with ten writers in residence in the idyllic town of New Harmony, Indiana. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2020
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by A.A. Cristi - Mar 14, 2019
The Public Theater and Onassis USA today announced additional FREE programming and participants for the ONASSIS FESTIVAL 2019: DEMOCRACY IS COMING, running April 10-28 at The Public Theater and also La MaMa. Actors Phylicia Rashad and Andre Holland, performer/singer-songwriter Diana Oh, architect Elizabeth Diller, author Siri Hustvedt, and Kostis Velonis' art installation Life Without Tragedy join the Festival lineup.
by Sarah Hookey - Mar 13, 2019
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by A.A. Cristi - Mar 13, 2019
The Onassis Foundation USA has appointed Vallejo Gantner as its new Artistic and Executive Director. Gantner led the internationally influential New York City cultural institution Performance Space 122 (now Performance Space New York) from 2005 to 2017 and was responsible for all programming and strategic direction, including the creation of the annual, interdisciplinary COIL Festival; the production of worldwide tours for multiple shows under the PS122 Global moniker; and the conception, fundraising, and management for the recent $35 million renovation of the organization's longtime East Village home.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 29, 2020
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by Stephi Wild - Jun 23, 2021
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by Marianka Swain - Jun 15, 2018
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by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2018
Surgent Theatre today announces their production of Steven Dietz's Lonely Planet to open at Trafalgar Studio 2 in the run up to London's iconic Pride parade. The play originally premiered in the US at the Northlight Theatre, Illinois in 1993 and this production made its UK premiere at the Tabard Theatre last year. Ian Brown returns to direct Alexander McMorran (Jody) and Aaron Vodovoz (Carl) for this strictly limited run; opening on 14 June, with previews from 12 June and running until 7 July.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018
Surgent Theatre today announces their production of Steven Dietz's Lonely Planet to open at Trafalgar Studio 2 in the run up to London's iconic Pride parade. The play originally premiered in the US at the Northlight Theatre, Illinois in 1993 and this production made its UK premiere at the Tabard Theatre last year. Ian Brown returns to direct Alexander McMorran (Jody) and Aaron Vodovoz (Carl) for this strictly limited run; opening on 14 June, with previews from 12 June and running until 7 July.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2021
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by A.A. Cristi - Jul 24, 2018
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by Stephi Wild - Jul 17, 2019
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by A.A. Cristi - Jan 7, 2020
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2019-2020 season with the World Premiere of How A Boy Falls, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Halena Kays. How A Boy Falls runs January 23 a?" February 29, 2020 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8pm.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 3, 2019
Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced complete ensemble casting for its production of renowned Seattle playwright Steven Dietz's Last of the Boys, an emotional story of the Vietnam War's complex legacy. We meet Ben - he lives off-the-grid in his trailer in the California Central Valley, haunted by the memories of his service during the Vietnam War. His self-imposed exile is disrupted by the arrival of Ben's old war buddy, Jeeter, with his new girlfriend and her volatile mother in tow. Intimate, funny, and fierce, Last of the Boys delves into a veteran's struggle to understand his troubled past, which threatens to swallow him whole. Last of the Boys will be directed by Seattle Rep Artistic Director Braden Abraham and runs January 18 - February 10, 2019 (opening night is January 23) on the Bagley Wright stage. Single tickets are on sale now (starting at $17) and are available through the Seattle Rep Box Office at 206.443.2222 or online at SeattleRep.org.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 27, 2020
The Second City is here to break all the comedy rules they made famous in this all-new, all-hilarious revue that will leave you laughing...and questioning your very existence on this lonely planet. Okay, maybe not questioning your existence--but you're guaranteed to re-think everything you thought you knew about what's funny! Starring the next generation of comedy superstars, there are about a bazillion right reasons to not miss this show!
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 26, 2019
Seattle's critics' circle announces Nominees of Excellence in Seattle theatrical productions. Spanning dozens of theater companies and productions, from large and prominent to small and humble, the Gypsy Rose Lee Awards honor the excellence found in the myriad of professional theater productions that we reviewers attend in a year.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 21, 2020
It was announced today that Matt McGrath (Cabaret, A Streetcar Named Desire) will join the Broadway production of the hit musical Girl from the North Country in the role of Reverend Marlowe. McGrath replaces David Pittu who has left the production due to a scheduling conflict.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 11, 2021
Following several weeks of record-breaking advance ticket sales, Lighthouse Immersive announced today that Immersive Van Gogh—the all-new visually-striking exhibition that invites audiences to step inside post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh’s most incredible works of art—will extend through Monday, September 6, 2021.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2019
The Public Theater and Onassis USA today announced the wide-ranging line-up for the ONASSIS FESTIVAL 2019: DEMOCRACY IS COMING running April 10-28, 2019 at The Public Theater and also La MaMa.
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 9, 2021
Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums, the catalysts of the mesmerizing digital art space, brings its worldwide sensation, Immersive Van Gogh, to the heart of L.A. for the first time ever!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 4, 2021
Lighthouse Immersive, producers of the upcoming Immersive Van Gogh exhibition making its West Coast premiere at San Francisco’s SVN West beginning March 18, 2021, has announced a call for artists for an opportunity to create, showcase, and sell their original artwork during the engagement of the exhibition.  
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 25, 2021
After an unprecedented demand, Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums announces that it will extend its Los Angeles Immersive Van Gogh exhibition until January 2nd, 2022, at a secret location, soon-to-be-announced. The smash-hit experience sold over 80,000 tickets in just one week.
by Abigail Charpentier - Feb 25, 2020
Some bands you can always recognize--they produce the same sound, even the same song, year after year. But great musicians don't just keep playing, they constantly evolve. Aloud's new record, Sprezzatura, out on May 8th via Lemon Merchant Records is a showcase for a band joyfully shedding the old and moving boldly forward, both sonically and lyrically. 
by Rachael Goldberg - Feb 24, 2019
Frank X is making his Theater J debut as Shalmen in the upcoming production of 'The Jewish Queen Lear' (also known as 'Mirele Efros'), which runs at Georgetown University's Davis Performing Arts Center in the Gonda Theatre from March 13th through April 7th.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 21, 2019
Promethean Theatre Ensemble will close its 2018-19 season with the Midwest Premiere of MAD BEAT HIP & GONE, by Steven Dietz, author of LAST OF THE BOYS and PRIVATE EYES and over thirty other plays that have been produced by regional theatres across the country, internationally, and off-Broadway in New York. MAD BEAT HIP & GONE, which had its world premiere in Austin, Texas in 2013, follows two young Nebraska men who meet beat generation writer Jack Kerouac. Rejecting the established order of mid-1950s America, they follow Kerouac's example and hit the open road in search of truth. Do they find it? And what can we learn from their travels?
by Stephi Wild - Feb 12, 2019
Here is the list of shows that The Public Theater of San Antonio will be producing in their upcoming 2019-2020 Season!
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 3, 2020
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by A.A. Cristi - Dec 3, 2020
Produced by Lighthouse Immersive, Immersive Van Gogh will make its West Coast premiere at San Francisco's SVN West, conveniently located at the intersection of two main thoroughfares (South Van Ness and Market St.), beginning Thursday, March 18, 2021.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 2, 2019
Author Heather Ellis has announced the release of her new travel memoir, Timeless On The Silk Road: An Odyssey From London To Hanoi.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 16, 2018
The New Harmony Project announced today that it is now accepting applications for the 33rd annual conference to be held May 20 - June 1, 2019. Since 1986, the secluded town of New Harmony, Indiana has hosted artists from around the world for two-weeks of dedicated script development. Over the course of the conference, The New Harmony Project offers a retreat from the outside world and space for writers to fully immerse themselves in their work. The peaceful serenity of New Harmony, the site of two former utopian societies, is a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 5, 2018
Garden & Gun, widely known as the authority on Southern culture, in partnership with Maker's Mark and Bourbon Country, announces Mint Julep Month (April 5 to May 5) a national campaign that celebrates the mint julep beyond one day of horse racing and encourages participants to ditch plastic straws in support of water sustainability efforts. Mint Julep Month was started in 2013 by the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau to encourage excitement throughout the city and along the Urban Bourbon Trail leading up to Derby season.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 29, 2020
Pride Films and Plays today announced five more live online readings of LGBTQ-themed plays, following its enthusiastically received April 14th reading of Terrence McNally's MOTHERS AND SONS.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 24, 2018
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by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2018
Surgent Theatre today announces their production of Steven Dietz's Lonely Planet to open at Trafalgar Studio 2 in the run up to London's iconic Pride parade. The play originally premiered in the US at the Northlight Theatre, Illinois in 1993 and this production made its UK premiere at the Tabard Theatre last year. Ian Brown returns to direct Alexander McMorran (Jody) and Aaron Vodovoz (Carl) for this strictly limited run; opening on 14 June, with previews from 12 June and running until 7 July.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Apr 16, 2019
 Elvis Presley's Graceland® is pleased to announce that actor, voiceover artist, and acting coach Katelyn Nichols will once again lead its Performing Arts Camp in July. Nichols graduated from the University of Memphis, where she earned a BFA in Theater Performance. Now based in New York City, she coaches kids and teens through K. Nichols Studio and regularly records for TV and radio. She was recently the voice of Kohl's and has been seen and heard on ABC, NBC, Lifetime, and in several Off-Broadway festival productions.