Uptown Players Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival, a series of one-act plays at Frank’s Place, the small theater upstairs at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, concludes with four one-act plays presented throughout the day.
Why Am I Not Gay, by Jason Kane, is his story about growing up a fan of musical theater. He knows that when he talks about his collection of original Broadway Cast Recordings, the season finale of Kathy Griffin, and his two cats, he should expect to be gay-tially profiled as family. This straight man is one Bette Midler concert shy of legally irrefutable proof of queerness. The show pokes fun at these dilemmas with a peppering of showtunes, pop songs, and monologues.
The Madness of Lady Bright, by Lanford Wilson, was seen in the 2011 FIT Festival at the Bath House Cultural Center. Produced by 130 productions and starring Larry Randolph, the show traces the mental breakdown of Lesley Bright, an aging homosexual whose past returns to haunt him with the emptiness of the choices he made.
In A-GAYS, Stillwater, Oklahoma, John-Michael Colgin tells his story of coming out as a young gay man while at college at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. In his search for his first boyfriend, he fell in with a group of attractive, rich gay students, where there is an entrance policy: NO UGLIES ALLOWED. Using this story to work around the hot-topic issue of bullying, Colgin’s show is about tolerance and acceptance, posing the question of acceptance within a community that wants to be accepted. A GAYS: Stillwater, Oklahoma was first presented by Nouveau 47 Theatre last spring.
I Google Myself by Jason Schafer, is a pulpy drama about the intersection of sex, violence, and a man who wants to find the meaning in his life through an internet search. What he discovers instead is that he shares a name with a porn star. It comes as no surprise that these two very different characters have more in common than it seems, but that’s only revealed after increasingly absurd and violent plot twists send the play into comic terrain.
Arnold Wayne Jones’ comments here.
DEETS: Franks Place, Upstairs at the Kalita Humphreys, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Why Am I Not Gay? at 2 p.m. The Madness of Lady Bright at 8:30 p.m. A-GAYS, Stillwater Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. I Google Myself at 4:30 p.m.