Playbill.com's 30 Days of Pride initiative returns June 1, celebrating LGBTQ Pride and the theatre's diverse community of artists, innovators, service organizations and fans. Larry Kramer, Audra McDonald, Edith Windsor and Harvey Fierstein are among those who lend their voices as part of this year's #PlaybillPride.
After Midnight Congratulates Harvey Fierstein on Casa Valentina Opening
At the opening night of Harvey Fierstein's new play, Casa Valentina at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman theatre, a trio of songstresses from After Midnight - Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Carmen Ruby Floyd, and Bryonha Marie Parham - awaited his arrival across the street in full costume to serenade him with a special rendition of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing". The ladies were stationed in front of a giant sign reading "3peat", referencing Fierstein's having three shows currently running on Broadway - Casa Valentina, Newsies, and Tony winner Kinky Boots.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.