Minor Gods, U.S. Play About Genetics, Sexuality and Passion, Runs at Dublin Gay Fest May 4-9

News   Minor Gods, U.S. Play About Genetics, Sexuality and Passion, Runs at Dublin Gay Fest May 4-9
Prior to its London debut, Minor Gods, Charles Forbes' American play about gay genetics, ethics and lust, seen in New York City's Summer Play Festival in 2007, will get its Irish premiere May 4-9.
Chad Lindsey
Chad Lindsey

The two-man play, featuring American actors Chad Lindsey (Off-Off-Broadway's Kaspar Hauser: A Foundling's Opera) and Brian Patacca (Off-Broadway's The Donkey Show and Joy), is set "in a dingy motel room outside Washington DC," where "Henry (played by Patacca), a prominent geneticist hires a rentboy, Felix (played by Lindsey), only hours prior to testifying before a Senate sub-committee on his 'life's work,' but as the night unfolds a life-long connection that has haunted these two men since childhood reveals itself in the separate paths they've chosen."

Directed by Tony Speciale, associate artistic director at Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company, the play will appear in the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, at the Outhouse Theatre@105 Chapel.

For more information, visit gaytheatre.ie.

As previously reported on Playbill.com, Minor Gods will get its London premiere at Above the Stag Theatre May 12-31. Opening is May 13. It's produced by Peter Bull for Shameless Theatre Company, the resident company at Above The Stag Theatre, in association with John Arthur Pinckard, the American producer who is also behind the Irish run.

Above the Stag is at 15 Bressenden Place, London. For more information, visit abovethestage.com. According to production notes, "With years of research at Henry's back, Felix is asked to answer the simplest of questions: if he could erase the source of all of the alienation in his entire life, would he do it…whatever the cost? Teetering between ethics and genetics, sin and sexuality, love and lust, these two men must confront their pasts, their desires, and their deepest fears before the sun rises and Henry announces his devastating discovery to the world."

Minor Gods received its first public reading at The Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival in Washington, DC, and received its first developmental grant from Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab. In July 2007, Minor Gods was originally presented Off-Broadway as part of the Summer Play Festival produced by Arielle Tepper Madover.

Playwright Forbes' plays include: Us @ 80 (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Humidity of Fish (Backstage West Best Playwriting of '03), Courting Prometheus (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Stirring (59E59/Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Other plays include The Full Ginsberg (Finalist, Drama League's New Works Grant), The Brownian Motion of Molecules Explained and The Manhattan Crusades.

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