No one is granted the rights they deserve until people are a little afraid of them.
And no one is afraid of gay guys.
Straight from Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Garage to Wilton Manors’ Island City Stage comes Topher Payne’s comedy ‘Angry Fags,’ beginning performances November 12th at the newly refurbished Abyss Theatre.
This explosive new play has been described as “an ucompromising Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fantasia about how good ideas go bad, with fascinating forays into American politics, bomb building and pistachios.”
The South Florida cast includes Michael Scott Ross, Craig Moody, Jeffrey Leshansky, Sharyn Peoples, Gretchen Porro, Merry Jo Pitasi and Tracey Cramer, under the direction of Island City Stage Artistic Director Andy Rogow.
“Besides the title being provocative in an era where political correctness often rules,” says Rogow, “I love the fact that the leading characters are not heroes.”
“The play is a jolting example of the next era of LGBT plays. They’re no longer about acceptance and the desire for equality, where the gay characters are saints battling bigotry. These characters react to a tragedy with really poor judgement, and the consequences just spiral out of control in surprising and hilarious ways.”
This production will also feature the Island City Stage award-winning design dream team of Michael McClain (sets), Peter Lovello (costumes), Preston Bircher (lights) and David Hart (sound). Mark Demeter and George Wentzler join the team as video producers.
The production runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. through December 13. Tickets are $35 and group and non-profit rates are available.
‘Angry Fags’ is the company’s premiere presentation in their new home at Island City Stage/The Abyss Theatre, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors. Rogow says, “Renovation work has been started, with plans to remove the pole in the center of the space and insulation of the garage door to reduce noise.We’ve also secured additional parking at both the Poverello Live Well Center behind the theatre and at their main location a block south of the theatre.”
For tickets or more information, call (954) 519-2533 or visit islandcitystage.org.