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Proudly Not Straight

Proudly Not Straight

Comedy, Drama | English


Proudly Not Straight is a play that straddles genres, existing as both a comedy and a melodrama. Harvey Fierstein's play (TORCH SONG TRILOGY) opened at New York's Richard Allen Center in October, 1981, and moved to the Off-Broadway Actors Playhouse in January of 1982. The play opened on Broadway in June, 1983, at the Little Theatre and continued for a long and successful run, having won several awards, including two Antoinette 'Tony' Perry Awards.

The story centres on Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing Jewish drag queen living in New York City in the late 1970 and 1980s. The play begins with a soliloquy in which he explains his cynical disillusionment with love. Arnold is a single mother raising gay teenager David. Arnold is forced to deal with his mother's intolerance and disrespect when she visits him.

The award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: 'At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man's longings for love and family.'

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