Acclaimed Gay Rights Play The Temperamentals Will Make Hollywood Debut

News   Acclaimed Gay Rights Play The Temperamentals Will Make Hollywood Debut
Jon Marans' pre-Stonewall era drama The Temperamentals, which traces the start of the gay rights movement in America, will make its West Coast debut at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood this spring.

After an acclaimed New York run in 2009-2010, The Temperamentals will premiere April 9 and officially open April 16 for a run through May 22 at the Blank's 2nd Stage Theatre. Michael Matthews will direct.

"Ugly Betty" actor Michael Urie and Thomas Jay Ryan were among the original New York cast members. Casting for the Blank production will be announced shortly.

The Hollywood-set play, the title of which refers to the code for homosexual in the early 1950's, centers on communist Harry Hay and designer Rudi Gernreich, who create the Mattachine Society – one of the first gay rights organizations in the U.S.  Numerous figures from the film and fashion industry figure into the story.

The Temperamentals premiered in New York in 2009 as a showcase production at the TBG Theater's 40-seat Black Box Studio, and later extended into a full two-month run at the TBG's 99-seat space. Critics praised the production. Daryl Roth, Stacy Shane and Martian Entertainment aligned to present a commercial run of the play in early 2010, which ran for 11 previews and 91 performances.

Jon Marans' Old Wicked Songs was a 1996 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, winner of New York Drama League, L.A. Drama Logue Award, and included in Otis Guernsey's Best Plays of 1996-97. It has been produced in over a dozen countries including in London's West End with Bob Hoskins and James Callis. Tickets for the production will go on sale Feb. 1. For tickets, phone (323) 661-9827 or visit TheBlank.

The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre is located at 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.

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