Marga Gomez, whose solo, A Line Around The Block, played at Off Broadway's Public Theatre in 1996 (in repertory with a solo by Andrea Martin), tonight (Jan. 20) will bring an earlier work to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
Memory Tricks, about Gomez's flamboyant mother, a Puerto Rican belly-dancer, follows the lesbian performer's lifelong attempt to win mom's love -- or at least her attention.
On Jan. 24, Richard Elovich takes the stage and asks the question, "How does a youngster from a Jewish home in suburbia become a gay activist in the East Village?" This thought-provoking love story, Someone Else From Queens Is Queer, covers activism, relationships and death in the age of AIDS.
Both performers were chosen for this one-night showcase at Sundance because they're both in the nascent stages of turning their theatre work into film. Gomez and Elovich have participated in Sundance's Screenwriters' lab.
Also part of the Sundance Festival will be a panel on adapting theatre into film, moderated by writer, director and longtime Sondheim collaborator, James Lapine (Sunday In The Park With George). Appearing will be Terrence McNally (A Perfect Ganesh, Master Class), actor John Glover (film and stage versions of McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion!, and playwright Wendy MacLeod (festival entry, The House Of Yes). The panel takes place at 11:30 AM Friday, Jan. 24, at the Prospector Square Theatre. Though best known as a home for budding filmmakers, Sundance Institute has been developing its theatre program since 1982. It mission is to develop new work for the stage, support independent artists of vision and create new audiences for theatre. Those interested in the range of opportunities afforded by Sundance's film and theatre programs call attend a press conference Jan. 23 at 10 AM, where questions about the "philosophy and structure" of these programs will be answered.
For information on the Sundance Film Festival & Theatre Program, call (801) 328-3456.
--By David Lefkowitz