Hopes' Edward the King Will Open GayFest 2008

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The world premiere of David Brendan Hopes' Edward the King will be the opening production of the second annual GayFest NYC.

Edward the King, a new dramatization of the relationship between Edward II and his lover Piers Gaveston, will run May 14-24 at the TBG Arts Center. Sidney J. Burgoyne directs a cast that includes Jo Ann Cunningham, Chad Hoeppner, Megan McQuillan, Patrick Porter and Brian Charles Rooney.

Also set for GayFest NYC – running May 14-June 15 – are Brian Dykstra's Spill the Wine (directed by Margarett Perry), May 27-June 1; Jumping Blind by Philip Gerson (directed by David Hilder), June 4-14; The Wrath of Aphrodite by Tim O'Leary (directed by Martin Casella), May 23-25, May 30 and June 1; and Steve Hayes' Hollywood Reunion written by and starring Steve Hayes (directed by Vincent J. Cardinal), June 6-8 and June 13-15.

Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman produce the second annual festival devoted to new voices from the LGBT community. Board members include Terrence McNally, Kate Clinton, Charles Busch, Douglas Carter Bean and Mario Cantone, among others.

In addition to providing a platform for new LGBT voices, GayFest has awarded 11 scholarships to graduating seniors of the Harvey Milk High School and established an after-school acting program.

Works included in the inaugural GayFest were Michael D. Jackson's Revolution, A.B. Asher's Competing Narratives and the musical A Kiss from Alexander with book and lyrics by Stephen deGhelder and music by Brad Simmons. Festival Passports and individual tickets are available by phoning (212) 351-3101 or by visiting www.GayFestNYC.com.

All performances for GayFest NYC take place at the TBG Arts Center, located at 312 West 36th Street, in Manhattan.

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