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Three Plays for a Gay Theater

Three Plays for a Gay Theater
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Author: Richard Hall
Publisher: Grey Fox Press
# of Pages: 177
Pub. Date: 1983
ISBN-10: 0912516739
ISBN-13: 9780912516738

About the Plays:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Three Plays for a Gay Theater is a collection of stage plays by Richard Hall. The trilogy includes Happy Birthday Daddy, Love Match, and Prisoner of Love. These comedies all premiered at The Glines Theatre, an Off-Off-Broadway theater company in New York, and were later performed at The Gay Theater Project (GTP) of Madison, Wisconsin, and elsewhere to a chorus of praise from the reviewers.

Happy Birthday, Daddy is a two-act comedy dealing with the critical issue of gay parenting. A middle-aged man has left his wife for his gay lover, resulting in the estrangement of his son. How can a gay father and his teenage son work through the identity crisis facing both? (Premiered in 1982 at the Shandol Theatre; Cast: 1 woman, 4 men)

Love Match is a two-act comedy about what happens when a mainstream actor takes on his first gay role and considers the pressures of pretending (or not). A macho Hollywood actor buys the rights to the story of a gay tennis coach and his protege, planning to make it into a movie starring himself. But the project is sabotaged by the actor's personal manager, a closet lesbian, because she doesn't think that the actor is capable of handling the part. (Premiered in 1977 at The Glines; Cast: 3 women, 3 men)

Prisoner of Love is a two-act comedy revolving around an ironic mix of hustling, idealism, and gay-lib puritanism, all coming to a boil on the sizzling beaches of San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Premiered in 1978 at The Glines; Cast: 3 men)

Also includes three essays by the author: (1) Elements of Gay Theater; (2) Gay Theater: notes from a diary; and (3) The Transparent Closet: gay theater for straight audiences.

What people say:

"Hall has wit and humor, he creates genuine characters ... Entertaining and provocative." — Minneapolis Tribune

"Enjoyable theater – entertaining, genuinely funny and touching, deftly written and definitely worth seeing." — Gay Community News

"One of the most enjoyable nights I spent at the theater in a long time ... Chalk up another mile-stone for gay consciousness in mainstream drama." — The Advocate

"Valuable and engaging ... an intelligent, entertaining foray into territories left too lon unexplored." — New York Native

"Among the many younger playwrights doing interesting and sometimes significant work in Gay Theatre, Richard Hall is outstanding." — Eric Bentley, drama critic and translator

"A rate mix of dazzling wit and authentic seriousness, Hall has a superb talent for dialogue." — Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America

About the Playwright:

Richard Hall (1926-1992), sometimes credited as Richard W. Hall or Richard Walter Hall, was an American novelist, playwright, short story writer, and book critic. After graduating from Harvard University, he earned a master's degree in English education at New York University. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked in advertising for J. Walter Thompson and in public relations for Western Electric. From 1971 to 1975 he taught at Inter American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Despite work in many forms, playwriting remained his first love.