Temperamentals Talkbacks to Feature Kramer, Rudnick, McNally, Busch and Hyde Pierce

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Playwrights Larry Kramer, Paul Rudnick and Bill C. Davis will participate in upcoming post-show talkbacks during the Off-Broadway run of The Temperamentals, which begins performances Feb. 18 at New World Stages.

Jon Marans' pre-Stonewall play about the dawn of the American gay rights movement returns Off-Broadway after a critically acclaimed premiere at TBG Theatre last season. The Temperamentals "Talkout Mondays" will feature a host of artists with ties to the gay movement.

The current schedule follows: Larry Kramer and Paul Rudnick (March 1); Derek & Romaine and the Temperamentals cast (March 8); Bill C. Davis and Tom Viola (March 15); Charles Kaiser and John Loughery (March 23); and Elizabeth Ashley and Michael Wilson (March 29).

Also confirmed to appear in upcoming talkbacks are Marle Becker, Charles Busch, David Carter, Brian Hargrove, David Hyde Pierce, Frank Kameny, Tom Kirdahy, Judith Light, Jim McGreevey, Terrence McNally, Daryl Roth and David Rothenberg.

The Temperamentals features original cast members Thomas Jay Ryan as Harry Hay, Michael Urie as Rudi Gernreich, Matthew Schneck, Sam Breslin Wright and Arnie Burton.

Daryl Roth, Stacy Shane and Martian Entertainment present the new production that officially opens Feb. 28. Jonathan Silverstein directs. According to production notes, "The play weaves together the personal and political to tell a relatively unknown chapter in gay history. It explores the love between two complex men, as their impossible dream of forming such an unheard of organization becomes a reality in this perilous, unpredictable world. It is an intimate portrayal of the men who created history and the epic struggles they overcame. The characters consist of the actual men who founded the Mattachine Society (Harry Hay, Rudi Gernreich, Chuck Rowland, Bob Hull, and Dale Jennings), as well as other prominent figures of the time in Hollywood and the film industry as well as the world of fashion."

Tickets, priced $65, are available by phoning (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street.

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