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Michael Urie in New Play About Formation of Mattachine Society


Michael Urie plays Rudi Gernriech and Thomas Jay Ryan plays Harry Hay in The Temperamentals, which begins previews on April 30 and a limited run on May 4 at the Barrow Group Studio Theatre in New York.

Broadway World writes: "'The Temperamentals' tells the story of two men - the communist Harry Hay and the young Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich, weaving together the personal and the political to tell a relatively unknown chapter in gay history. It explores the deepening love between two complex men, while they build the first gay rights organization in the United States pre Stonewall. This is the perilous, unpredictable world these men inhabit as their impossible dream of forming such an unheard of organization becomes a reality. They must navigate their relationship in new and surprising ways. "The Temperamentals" is an intimate portrayal of the men who created history and the epic struggles they overcame. The characters consist of the actual men who founded the Mattachine Society, as well as prominent figures of the time such as Frank Tavener of the House Un-American Committee and the director Vincente Minnelli."

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  1. Sounds interesting ! And nice to see Michael Urie doing something more dramatic outside of Betty

    Posted by: gabriel | Apr 24, 2009 10:23:08 AM

  2. So glad to see dear Harry Hay coming to NYC theater. He's an important figure in contemporary gay history who is not so well known outside circles of men who embraced his liberating counsel. He was a trailblazer for loving kindness between men. He recognized a unique and essential role for queer men in culture and society. God love him.

    Posted by: Timothy | Apr 24, 2009 11:13:35 AM

  3. I saw a reading of this a few months ago. The play was very good and Michael Urie is an outstanding performer.

    Posted by: David | Apr 24, 2009 12:12:14 PM

  4. I'm looking forward to seeing this during my visit to NYC. Tickets are almost sold out, I noticed. Glad I was able to get mine this morning.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 24, 2009 2:17:30 PM

  5. Oh, this looks interesting (of course, I wanted to write a Mattachine play, so I am peeved someone already did it!) :(

    Posted by: Alex | Apr 25, 2009 1:34:59 PM

  6. This play is so moving on so many levels, and so impeccably written, staged, designed and acted. The perfect ensemble will make you laugh and cry like a gay male Eisenhower-era version of "The Golden Girls." There were times when the Mattachine actors were directly addressing and incorporating an audience that included many middle-age and senior gay men, and it was one of those magic theater moments where the veil between actors and audience fell away. It's an open run, so if you can see it, you really should.

    Posted by: TIMMY | Jun 18, 2009 12:59:50 AM

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