Performing Que(e)ries: A Conversation with Mart Crowley
MAY 16, 2014 | 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
May 16, 2014: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band (1968) is a benchmark in US theatre history and has become shorthand for a view of gay life on the brink of the Stonewall Riots. CLAGS will cap this year’s Performing Que(e)ries events with a conversation with Mart Crowley about the historical and cultural context for the seminal play. The discussion will be interspersed with scenes from the film version as well as scenes read by New York actors. The evening will examine the fraught history and responses to the play and will include readings from the play’s sequel, The Men from the Boys.
The event is part of the Performing Que(e)ries Series. Since 2012, this series has explored LGBTQ performance in the 21st century, more particularly the ways in which contemporary queer performance is tied to past, present, and future explorations of queer identity. The series includes performers, scholars, and writers of diverse backgrounds and styles coming together to discuss their work in multiple formats, including roundtables, interviews, discussions, lectures, readings, and/or performances. Performances and discussions will track the legacy of queer performance onstage and off, querying the efficacy and vitality of live performance in the age of media-based and digitized communication. Co-sponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.