Stonewall to Shepard, Off-Off-Bway's We Were There Charts Lives, Sept. 26-Oct. 20

News   Stonewall to Shepard, Off-Off-Bway's We Were There Charts Lives, Sept. 26-Oct. 20 The Off-Off-Broadway Equity company, Other Side Productions, devoted to new American works, offers the world premiere of Chuck Blasius' We Were There, a history of two men who meet the night of the Stonewall riots and continue a friendship through the age of AIDS.

The Off-Off-Broadway Equity company, Other Side Productions, devoted to new American works, offers the world premiere of Chuck Blasius' We Were There, a history of two men who meet the night of the Stonewall riots and continue a friendship through the age of AIDS.

According to production notes, "We Were There is a story about two boys who meet in New York City on the night of the Stonewall riots, and about the men they become over the next three decades. Starting in 1969, the play follows Douglas and Jean over the course of a 30-year relationship from the beginnings of the gay rights movement to the Matthew Shepard Vigil in 1999."

Blasius directs his own work, which begins Sept. 26 at the Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank Street.

The cast includes Robert Gomes (Broadway's Last Night of Ballyhoo, Lincoln Center's Racing Demon) and Ken Mason (an actor with Boston credits at Lyric Stage and Huntington Theatre Company). Designers are CJ Howard (set), Rob Hilliard (lighting), Roger Anderson (music advisor), with wardrobe supervised by Claire Verlaet and hair designed by Bettie Rogers.

Blasius previously saw his Lonely Too Long play Off-Off-Broadway and co-wrote Bette and Kate Join the Line, performed at the Duplex for a seven month run. Other Side Productions, a not-for-profit theatre company devoted to developing and producing original plays (it previously staged Peter Mercurio's Andrew Reaches the Other Side in 2000).

Performances play 8 PM Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 PM Sundays. Tickets are $15. For reservations and information, call (212) 696-8561 or at www.osprods.com.

— By Kenneth Jones