The Ringwald Theatre today announced the 3rd installment of its Gay Play Series (GPS). Last year's outing was attended by hundreds of people over a ten day festival period. This year the program will run over two consecutive weekends that will feature a one-time only event, music shows and, at the centerpiece, performances of 11 new, one act LGBT plays.
GPS will run June 15th-June 25th, 2012 at The Ringwald Theatre in beautiful downtown Ferndale.
"I am so pleased to be doing GPS for the 3rd year in a row," said artistic director Joe Bailey. "The response has been so positive and after receiving 17 one act submissions in our first year and 44 last year, this year we received 175 submissions from around the world from places as far flung as Australia and the UK! This year we have enough fun stuff on deck to wet everyone's whistle."
The 2012 GPS will kick off on Friday, June 15 at 8:00 PM with a special one-night only performance of Ronnie Larsen's classic play, Making Porn. The rollicking, side-splittingly funny comedy roared onto the scene in 1995 and took off-Broadway by storm and has starred such renowned gay porn stars Matthew Rush, Blake Harper, Chris Steele, and many others. Shortly after its New York production it's played around the world (including stints in Boston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and San Diego starring Ringwald artistic director Joe Bailey). The Ringwald production will feature Bailey, Michael Lopetrone (Southern Baptist Sissies), Lisa Melinn, Joe Plambeck, Jamie Richards, and Matthew Turner Shelton.
The original One Act Festival will commence on Saturday, June 16 with Block A and continue on Sunday, June 17 with Block B.
Block A will feature:
· Defrost by Tony Foster; Directed by PJ Jacokes
· Queer/Trek by Brian Walker; Directed by Gary Lehman
· Turnaround by Joe Bailey; Directed by Jamie Richards
· Mate Trade by Laura Witkowski & Cara Trautman; Directed by Topher Payne
· Fanny Packs & Hanky Codes by Kristian O'Hare; DirectEd Matthew Turner Shelton
· Homochondria by Brad Baron; Directed by Michelle Leroy
Block B features:
· Ask Me! Tell Me! by Andrew Charles Lark; Directed by Nancy Arnfield
· Pocket Universe by Duncan Pflaster; Directed by Lisa Melinn
· Ten Picnics by Mark Harvey Levine; Directed by Joe Plambeck
· A Streetcar Named Viagra by Daniel Curzon; Directed by Sean McClellan
· Break Your Face on My Hand by Daniel Talbott; Directed by Joe Bailey
Block A will perform subsequently Saturday, June 23 at 8PM and Sunday, June 24 at 2PM.
Block B will perform subsequently Friday, June 22 at 8PM and Sunday, June 24 at 5PM.
As always, audience members will be voting for their favorite script. The winning script will receive an additional performance at the closing ceremonies on Monday, June 25 at 8PM and will subsequently receive a full production at The Ringwald Theatre. Audience members will also be asked to vote for a favorite actor and director.
On Monday, June 18, Vince Kelley will recreate Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall Concert at 8:00PM. Judy's concert appearance, on the night of April 23, 1961, has been called "the greatest night in show business history." Garland's live performances were big successes at the time and her record company wanted to capture that energy onto a recording. The double album became a hit, both critically and commercially. Powerhouse vocalist Vince Kelley will lend his considerable talents to recreating the
immensely popular Carnegie Hall concert in what is sure to be an electrifying, unforgettable evening!