Texas Homos Tell Their Side of the Story Starting Jan. 28 in NYC

News   Texas Homos Tell Their Side of the Story Starting Jan. 28 in NYC
Off-Broadway's Abingdon Theatre Company presents Jan Buttram's Texas Homos, seen in a developmental Abingdon run in 2004, starting Jan. 28 at the June Havoc Theatre in Manhattan.

Opening night is Feb. 2.

Tony Award winner Melvin Bernhardt directs the new comedy, which "depicts the hilarious aftermath of a police sting operation in a public restroom, which leaves three local men facing the music as the morning paper announces their arrests," according to Abingdon. "A prominent doctor, a Methodist preacher and a young wannabe-superstar dispute the true details of their encounters as their lawyer prepares for Monday's arraignment."

Jan Buttram is an Abingdon founding member who began her professional theatre career as an actress with the New Orleans Repertory Theatre under the direction of June Havoc. While touring nationally with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, she began writing plays. Her works have been produced in New York by the York Theatre, One World Arts Foundation, Circle Rep Lab, La Mama ETC., the New Rude Mechanicals, Lightning Strikes Theatre Co., and Abingdon, which introduced Comedy With Hymns; Glory Girls; Zona, the Ghost of Greenbrier; Private Battles and The Parker Family Circus, which was selected by Smith & Kraus for The Best Stage Scenes of 2001–2002. Under Abingdon's sponsorship, her play Backwoods won the 1995 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays.

Melvin Bernhardt received the 1978 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for Da, starring Barnard Hughes, and was nominated as Best Director for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart in 1982.

The cast of Texas Homos includes Richard Bekins, Reed Birney, Michael Busillo, Karen Culp amd David Van Pelt. Abingdon Theatre Company was founded in 1993 by five artists with one common Goal—to develop and produce new plays exclusively by American playwrights. "Through the utilization of First Readings, Staged Readings, Workouts, Stage II Productions and Mainstage Productions, the company provides a safe home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback," according to the troupe.

Performances of Texas Homos are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM; matinees are Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling SmartTix at (212) 868-4444.

June Havoc Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex is located at 312 W. 36th Street, on the first floor.

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