The Circle Series continued at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre with an August 26 reading of Roger Q. Mason's Lavender Men. Charlie Thurston (Goodspeed's Cyrano), Garrett Clayton (Hairspray Live!, King Cobra), and Mason lead the cast as Abe Lincoln, his legal assistant Elmer Ellsworth, and narrator (and Mary Lincoln stand-in) Taffeta.
The play weaves fact and historical fiction to explore the long-discussed, rarely studied, and never confirmed queerness of the 16th president of the United States.
Proceeds from the one-night-only reading benefited the Circle in the Square Theatre School. The production was Lovell Holder, who previously helmed a reading at Los Angeles' Skylight Theatre.
Flip through photos from the reading below:
The reading series, produced by Rachel Shuey and presented by the Pigasus Institute, takes the stage at the Oklahoma! home on the Tony-winning revival's dark nights: September 9, 16, 23, and 30, and October 7, 14, 21, and 31.