Presented by the queer youth empowerment group Live Out Loud, the screening is part of their "Activism in the LGBT Community: Past, Present, Future" series. The evening will begin at 7 PM with a reception, followed by the 7:30 PM screening and an open discussion with star Drake as well as the film's director, Tim Kirkman. Independent film producer Bob Hawk will moderate the discussion.
Like the Off-Broadway play, the 2000 film of Larry Kramer drew universal acclaim and was screened at more than two-dozen film festivals with runs in nearly 20 cities.
About the celluloid version of his heralded play, the Obie-winning Drake said at the time of the film's release: "As an old fashioned 'show 'em a good time' entertainer, I simply wanted folks to have a thrilling time throughout the whole experience of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me — laugh, cry, identify, get hot and all that. But on a more serious note, as a person who draws a lot of strength and compassion from learning about the world's history, I hope that the stories in 'The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me' will help show audiences a pivotal moment in the spirit, energy and drive of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement in America, when ACT UP changed the course of history and shifted us toward a future of greater freedom." An actor and playwright, David Drake also pens a monthly column for Playbill Magazine, "The Cabaret Beat."
New York University is located at 60 Washington Square South. The event will be held in room 914. Admission is $5.
* The mission of Live Out Loud, according to a statement, is to "empower, energize and enable Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth to live the life of their dreams through the celebration of the richness and diversity of our shared experience, the visibility of role models and the dissemination of information." Call (212) 810-7900 or visit www.liveoutloud.info for more information.