Previews begin Sept. 19 for the new drama, adapted by Amy Fox and Dean Gray from Will Fellows' book of oral histories, "Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest." Directed by Jim Pelegano, Farm Boys will officially open Sept. 23 and will run through Oct. 10.
According to production notes, Farm Boys concerns John, who "unexpectedly inherits a small farm in his hometown [and] leaves New York City to travel to central Wisconsin and reacquaint himself with the farming lifestyle. But the ghosts of John's past — including a relationship he had with the farm's original owner while still a teenager — cast a shadow over his current romance with his partner Kim, a native New Yorker and choreographer. Judged by a community fearful of homosexuality and pressured to sell the property by a corporation that's slowly extinguishing small farmers, John must ultimately determine where he and Kim can create a home for themselves."
An actor, writer and director, David Drake has appeared in That Woman: Rebecca West Remembers, Pageant, End of the World Party, A Language of Their Own, The Boys in the Band and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. His self-written one-man shows include Son of Drakula and The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me (Obie Award). Drake also writes a monthly cabaret column, "The Cabaret Beat," for Playbill Magazine.
Thomas James O'Leary starred in the title role of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera for over two years. He was also seen in the Broadway company of Miss Saigon and the national tours of Les Misérables and Chess. His other theatrical credits include The Last Sunday in June, Bee-Luther-Hatchee, Medal of Honor Rag, Two Rooms and As You Like It.
Farm Boys will play Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. The Blue Heron Arts Center is located in Manhattan at 123 East 24th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues. Tickets, priced at $15, will go on sale Aug. 1 by calling (212) 868-4444.