Theatres all over America have been experimenting with gender switiching, including all-female versions of Hamlet, musicals like Victor /Victoria, and Whoopi Goldberg playing "Pseudolous" in . . .Forum.. Playwright Jack Heifner has caught on.
An all new gay version of Heifner's Vanities, premieres at The New Conservatory Theatre (NCTC) of San Francsico, featured as part of it's second Pride Season, running Nov. 6-Dec. 21.
The camaraderie shared between three cheerleaders in the original version, now involves three Texan football players.
A press release for the revised version quotes Heifner as saying, "I wanted to do this "gay male version" of the play to re-examine when I was a gay male teenager struggling with my own identity in the 1960's. Coming out, growing up, and deciding what to do with one's life are still difficult. And just as the original women in Vanities were handed the wrong set of values for dealing with life, so too are the men in this version. Vanities is a testament to the way we really grew up--a funny, sad,true depiction of an innocent America coming of age."
The original production of Vanities opened in 1976 at the Chelsea Westside Theatre and ran for five years. For tickets and more information about the NCTC run of Vanities refer to the the regional listing for NCTC.
--By Blair Glaser