Preacher’s prostitute to star in play
Mike Jones, the former male prostitute who cost Ted Haggard his job as leader of the New Life megachurch, will act in a play inspired by his actions.
The Denver Post said the play, to be performed next week in Boulder’s Fringe Festival, is produced by “The Perfect Disgrace” theater company.
Playwright Brian Bauman, himself gay, said he thinks Mike Jones is a hero.
The play is called “Porridge.” Bauman says Jones’ lacking of traditional acting experience is irrelevant.
Jones said the play is about dealing with lies, and his lies are very poetic.
Haggard resigned as pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs last year after Jones accused him of having a three-year, meth-fueled sexual relationship. Haggard denied taking the drug but admitted to “sexual immorality.”
Zadan and Meron team up for yet another project, “‘Raisin’
Gay producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Hairspray,” “Chicago”) must never sleep, since there always seems to be news about another project from the prolific duo.
Their latest announcement concerns a TV version of the recent hit Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” a groundbreaking piece of African-American theater from black lesbian playwright Lorraine Hansberry.
The small-screen version will retain much of the stage show’s acclaimed cast, including Tony winner Phylicia Rashad, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Tony nominee Sanaa Lathan (“Nip/Tuck,” “Something New”), who will be joined by John Stamos and Sean Patrick Thomas (“Barbershop”).
This new “Raisin” a feature film version was produced in 1961, with Sidney Poitier in the lead will see the light of day on ABC in 2008.
“‘Queer as Folk’ stars reunite for “‘Ping Pong Playa’
They played lovers on “Queer as Folk,” but now Peter Paige and Scott Lowell will be partners of the table-tennis variety for “Ping Pong Playa,” a new comedy from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu (“In the Realms of the Unreal”).
The film stars Jimmy Tsai as a would-be basketball player who is forced to defend his family’s athletic dynasty.
For a director who often takes on very serious subjects, Yu is a very funny lady (she delivered the immortal “My dress cost more than my film” line at the Oscars).
So with a cast that also includes gay comic Jason Stuart and Khary Payton (who played the witty gay pal on the “Emily’s Reasons Why Not”), count on “Playa” to serve the laughs when it’s unveiled later this year.
Jennifer Garner to “‘Be With’ Jinks and Cohen
August and September will see the launch of two projects for gay Oscar-winning producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”): “The Nines” on the big screen, and the much-buzzed-about series “Pushing Daisies” on ABC.
Also on the horizon for the super-producing pair is “Be With You,” a remake of a Japanese horror film that will star “Alias” veteran Jennifer Garner as a woman who may be the reincarnation of a deceased wife and mother who told her family that she would one day return to them.
With a script by Allan Loeb who’s got writing credits on seven upcoming films, including this fall’s “Things We Lost in the Fire” this chiller sounds like something audiences will want to “Be With” when it opens in 2009.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 17, 2007