If you live in or around NYC there’s the chance this Friday evening (May 16) to catch seminal American playwright Mart Crowley in conversation at the CUNY Graduate center. Crowley’s most notorious work remains “The Boys in the Band” which premiered in 1968 (so just one year before the Stonewall riots). It played for 1001 shows and was turned into a film, directed by William Friedkin, in 1970. Shocking to the much of the mainstream for its frank portrayal of homosexuality the play was soon acknowledged as truly groundbreaking by anyone who knew anything about theater. It went on to become a reference point for traditions of queer theater that followed it: as much for those who rejected its conventions as for those who self-fashioned as heirs.
After the theatre Crowley worked for 6 years producing ABC’s “Hart to Hart”. He then returned to the theatre with “The Men from the Boys”, the 2002 sequel to “The Boys in the Band”. He remains one of the most important queer artists alive and this will be an excellent opportunity to ask him not only about his life in art, but also about what informs his perspectives. /bent is bummed we can’t make it so go for us and report back!
The event is part of CLAGS‘ “Performing Que(e)ries” Series which looks at all aspects of contemporary LGBTQ performance and (as we’ve said before!) is totally worth checking out if you live in NYC. If you’re interested in hearing Mart on Friday you can find more info and book a ticket here.