|The Boys in the Band|
Presented by PRIDE WA and Graduate Dramatic Society Inc.
The iconic, groundbreaking gay play by Mart Crowley.
A group of gay men gather in an Upper East Side apartment for a friend’s birthday party. An unexpected guest and a street hustler arrive. The drinks are poured and the music is turned up. The evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. Secrets are revealed, arguments are unearthed, and blows are thrown, culminating in a shocking game.
This fiercely funny, groundbreaking American play, the first truly honest portrayal of the lives of contemporary gay men, was recently successfully revived on Broadway. Shocking mainstream audiences, it premiered Off-Broadway in 1968, running for 1001 performances and was subsequently made into a successful feature film with the original cast.
At a time when gay characters were seldom seen in commercial media except as crude stereotypes, this play presented a well-rounded view of what critics of the day referred to as "the homosexual milieu". Half a century since it was written, the play is as entertaining, bold, and inspiring as ever.
This production is presented as part of PrideFest 2020, directed by award-winning director Barry Park featuring a talented cast: Thomas Dimmick, Jason Dohle, Cameron Leese, Robert Jackson, Steven Hounsome, Erik Bibaeff, Alex Ripper, Lindsay Crane and Adam Poole.
Venue: State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth