By Jon Marans
Performed at Soulstice Theatre
March 7 - 22, 2014
Directed by Mark E. Schuster
Written in 2009, The Temperamentals tells the story of the founding of the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights organization in the U.S. The time is the 1950s, with the backdrop of McCarthyism and an environment of conformity a few brave men led by activist Harry Hay and fashion designer Rudi Gernreich decide to step out of the shadows and the closet and form an organization that can allow all gay men to be themselves. This "intellectual, emotional, and sexual" (The New York Times) play also tells the story of the blooming romance between Hay and Gernreich, and their struggles to keep their love alive. The play is described as 'Mad Men' meets 'Milk', and "combines savvy context and ascending flights of bittersweet fabulousness" (New York Newsday).
in order of appearance
Harry Hay - Mark R. Neufang
Rudi Gernreich - Joshua Devitt
Chuck Rowland (and others) - Jacob Dougherty
Bob Hull (and others) - Jake Mace
Dale Jennings (and others) - Jim Lautenbach
Scenic Design - Mark E. Schuster
Costume Designer - Sharon Sohner
Wigs - Anthony Mackie
Vocal Coach & Music Direction - Kaye Mehre
Run Crew - Kevin Gadzalinski
Rehearsal Prompter - Jacob Dougherty
Projections - Kevin J. Gadzalinski
Box Office Manager - Kofi Short
Construction Crew - Jacob Dougherty, Mike Grover, Mark Hanson, Mark E. Schuster, A.J. Simon
Production Photography - Mark E. Schuster
REVIEWS & PRESS
- Russ Bickerstaff, Curtains/Shepherd Express, December 28, 2013
- Matthew Reddin, Wisconsin Gazette, March 8, 2014
- Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 8, 2014
- Russ Bickerstaff, Curtains/Shepherd Express, March 12, 2014
...and one further note...
During performances of THE TEMPERAMENTALS, we were privileged to have the ongoing support of local author Will Fellows, who generously donated copies of his book, Gay Bar: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s to our audience members. This fascinating book tells the story of Helen Branson, who operated a gay bar in Los Angeles in the 1950s - perhaps the most anti-gay decade in American history. The narrative and situations described in Gay Bar are not unlike what many men faced during the era of THE TEMPERAMENTALS.
We are in deep gratitude to Mr. Fellows for his generosity, encouragement, support, and friendship during this production. To order your own copy of Gay Bar, we encourage you to visit the Amazon page here.