David Drake to Direct David Parr's Slap & Tickle Off-Broadway

News   David Drake to Direct David Parr's Slap & Tickle Off-Broadway Actor, playwright and columnist David Drake takes on a new role — director — for the Off-Broadway premiere of Slap & Tickle, a new play by David Parr.

A summer 2008 debut is scheduled for an Off-Broadway theatre to be announced.

The new work, according to press notes, is a "generational portrait about how drugs, politics and HIV have changed the landscape for gay men in America from the early 80's to the present. Set in a contemporary bathhouse and told through the kaleidoscopic view of 26 characters, many of them recurring, the stories told range from first kisses to last loves; from station wagons to saunas; from sleeping bag seductions to bathroom rapes. What emerges is a universal play not just about sex, but about the intimacy and urgency of storytelling itself."

Producers are Robert Driemeyer, Mark Marques, Vic DiMonda and Michael DiFonzo.

A meet and greet with the playwright and director as well as a sneak peek of the play will be presented for industry members and press April 28 at Pearson, 1330 Avenue of the America, 7th Floor Lobby. Interested parties should contact Robert Driemeyer at robert.driemeyer@gmail.com.

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. Novelist and playwright David Parr is also the author of Zack & Jill and Eleanor Rigby Is Waiting. His short story "To Make a Short Story Long" won The Journal's 2006 Flash Prose prize. His work has also been produced by Dixon Place, Broken Watch and Live Bait.

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