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Torch Song

Torch Song
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Harvey Fierstein
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2019
ISBN-10: 0573708010
ISBN-13: 9780573708015

About the Play:

Torch Song is a full-length comedy by Harvey Fierstein. In Torch Song – the condensed two-act version of Harvey Fierstein's award-winning Torch Song Trilogy – the life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City, is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and 1980s, through Stonewall, and the AIDS crises, and other ground-breaking milestones for the LGBT community.

Torch Song follows the life of Arnold Beckoff, a Jewish drag queen who makes it his life journey to find happiness in 1970s New York in the midst of homophobia and intolerance, even by his own family and partners. The play chronicles the all too human journey about the families we're born into, the families we choose, and the battles to bring them all home. Hilarious and heart-wrenching Torch Song follows Arnold Beckoff's odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. Join Arnold on this all too human journey about the families we're born into, the families we choose and the battles to bring them all home.

Torch Song is a two-act revival of Harvey Fierstein's original 1983 Torch Song Trilogy. As the original title indicates, Torch Song Trilogy consisted of three plays when it originally opened on Broadway and was trimmed to two-acts for an off-Broadway revival at the Tony Kieser Theatre in 2018 that later transferred to Broadway at The Hayes Theater in 2019 and earned another Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play.

Cast: 3 women, 4 men

What people say:

"Spectacular! A Grade-A energizing joy!" — New York Times

"Torch Song brings laughter and tears simultaneously. It's impossible not to feel electricity in the theater." — Entertainment Weekly

About the Playwright:

Harvey Fierstein made his professional acting debut at New York's famed La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (La MaMa E.T.C.) in 1971 in Andy Warhol's only play, Pork. He followed that with appearances in more than 60 Off-Off-Broadway productions before he began his playwriting career. His breakthrough play was the underground hit, Torch Song Trilogy, which transferred Off-Broadway in 1981, and then to Broadway in 1982 where it won the Best Play Tony Award as well as Drama Desk, Obie, and Dramatist Guild awards.

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