7th June 2021
By Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Cameron Carver
Sound Design by Jac Cooper
Manny and Jake, On Tidy Endings and Safe Sex is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd
A collection containing the following three plays by Harvey Fierstein:
Manny and Jake
Two young men meet in a bar. Manny is literally praying for sex; Jake is only too eager to oblige. What the latter does not know is that Manny has AIDS.
Two recently reconciled male lovers confront the challenge of their on-again, off-again relationship in the time of AIDS. Ghee, an aging, congenial gay man, may be using guidelines for safe sex as an excuse for his fading sex drive. This dismays Mead, a virile and no-nonsense blue-collar type. The emotional seesaw of their interactions creates the compelling dynamics of this fascinating short piece.
On Tidy Endings
A man has died of AIDS, leaving behind a son, a male lover, and an ex-wife. She still loves him and accepts the fact that he was gay, and that he died in the arms of his male lover, who selflessly cared for him right up until the end.
Please note: This performance is presented as a rehearsed reading.
Harvey Fierstein is the author of the Tony- winning hit, Kinky Boots, as well as Torch Song Trilogy,(Tony, Drama Desk and Obie awards) La Cage Aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk awards), Newsies (Tony nominated), Casa Valentina (Tony nominated), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace award), Legs Diamond, Spook House, Flatbush Tosca, Common Ground and more. He has recently rewritten The Wiz for live TV broadcast, and penned a revised book for Funny Girl, recently running in London. His political editorials have been published in the New York Times, TV Guide and the Huffington Post, and broadcast on PBS’s In The Life. His children’s book the Sissy Duckling (Humanitas Award), is now in its fifth printing. As an actor, Mr Fierstein is known worldwide for his performances in films including Mrs Doubtfire, Independence Day and Bullets Over Broadway, on stage in Hairspray(Tony award), Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy(Tony award) and on TV shows such as Smash, How I Met Your Mother, The Good Wife, Cheers (Emmy nomination), The Simpsons, Family Guy and Nurse Jackie.
Cameron is a multidisciplinary artist from Canada. He currently resides in London and holds a MA in Theatre Directing from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Previously As Director/Choreographer: Something Bubbled, Something Blue (National Arts Centre), No Place Like Home (Camden People’s Theatre) Little Mermaid (Theatre Royal Bath- UK Theatre Award 2018), The Addams Family, The Wizard of Oz, Sweet Charity (St. Lawrence College) Previously As Choreographer or Movement Director: La Strada (UK Tour), Manhattan Parisienne (The Other Palace with Alain Boublil), Cabaret (Grand Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (Soulpepper), Sweeney Todd UK/Toronto (Talk is Free Theatre), Spring Awakening (Redgrave Theatre).
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