One of the great privileges of being an actor is to be a part of theatrical productions that can make a positive impact on our community. I am happy to announce that I will once again be a part of Frack Theatre's "Stonewall'd" (previously "Village Voices") by Oscar Lopez. I will bring to life the story of Rev. Mark, a gay Lutheran pastor in NYC's Greenwich Village. The story centers on a homeless trans girl living with HIV, a 74-year-old bartender at the Stonewall Inn, and a party boy, with Rev. Mark and a lesbian activist keeping everything grounded in reality. The new play recounts the tragedies and triumphs of New York's LGBT community.
What excites me the most about the project is the way Oscar allows us an artistic way to respond to the 2013 homophobic, sidewalk murder of Mark Carson which shocked all of the Five Boroughs.
Stonewall'd is scripted from hours of interviews with real-life characters in the West Village. The play examines everything from the AIDS epidemic to the fall of DOMA, all while interweaving oral history and archival documents with music, song and dance, I even have an arrangement of Madonna's "LIke a Prayer" in the production. Village Voices presents a world that is sometimes heart-breaking but always fiercely fabulous and incredibly brave.
The reading will take place in the newly-designated historic landmark Stonewall Inn on Monday evening July 13, 2015 at 8:00pm. Tickets at $5 at the door with a 2 drink minimum.