QLive! holds auditions for stage version of “Mulligans”

Mulligans was one of the more charming and poignant gay independent movies to come out in recent years —  a summer romance between a young man and his friend’s father ends in heartbreak. The screenplay was written by actor Charlie David, who appeared on Dante’s Cove and hosts the travel series Bump! Now David has adapted it for the stage, and QLive! (the theatrical arm of Fort Worth’s Q Cinema) is putting it on.

A staged reading of the adaptation will be part of QLive’s June lineup, and the group will be holding auditions for the six roles — two men in their early 20s, a man in his 40s, a woman in her 40s, a girl in her early 20s and an 8-year-old girl — on March 31 at the Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave. from 2 to 5 p.m. To find out more, visit QCinema.org.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

From screen to stage

Q Cinema veterans tackle live theater with the guerrilla-like QLive!

CURTAIN UP! | Producing partners Todd Camp and Kyle Trentham have theater backgrounds, but QLive! is a departure from the movie-focused work their organization, Q Cinema, has done for a dozen years.

MARK LOWRY  | Special Contributor
marklowry@theaterjones.com

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QLIVE: NONE OF THE ABOVE
Trinity Bicycles patio,
207 S. Main St., Fort Worth.
Sept. 23–24 at 8 p.m.
$15, QCinema.org

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Anyone who’s ever wanted to start a theater company will tell you that the biggest hurdle is finding the right space. It’s no different in DF-Dub, where the opportunities seem endless, but affordable spaces that can work for the demands of theater are limited.

QLive!, a new theater company based in Fort Worth, is finding ways to work around that. Its first full production, for instance, is None of the Above , a two-person drama by Jenny Lyn Bader. It opens Friday on the back patio of a bicycle shop just west of downtown Cowtown.

“One of the things we’ve talked about is the immersive experience, where it’s not just that you sit down and watch a show, but you experience a show,” says QLive’s Todd Camp, who founded Fort Worth’s LGBT film festival, Q Cinema. “The three shows that we have lend themselves quite well to that.”

Those three shows, which run this fall, begin with Above, which deals with a parochial school student and her teacher. In November, there’ll be Yasmina Reza’s oft-produced Art, which will hopefully happen in a gallery space (they’re still negotiating). It will close out the year with Terrence McNally’s controversial Corpus Christi, taking place in a machine shop near downtown Fort Worth.

QLive! has been a project three years in the making, and will be led by Camp’s Q Cinema cohort Kyle Trentham, as artistic director. The group has already launched a successful Tuesday night open mike comedy event at Percussions Lounge, and in February presented a staged reading of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play Spring Awakening, the day before the musical based on that play opened at Bass Performance Hall. They also brought Hollywood comedy writer Bruce Vilanch in for a one-night performance.

Like other arts groups with a large LGBT following that present works of interest to that community — including Uptown Players and the Turtle Creek Chorale — Trentham says QLive doesn’t want the label of “gay theater” … despite the big “Q” in its name.

“Young [audiences] don’t think in those terms anymore,” he says. “They just want to see theater they like.”

With Corpus Christi, Trentham says that creating an immersive experience will be crucial to the production. “It’s a working machine shop,” he says. “You walk in and the actors are working, getting their hands dirty. Then in the cleansing scene, they actually are cleaned.”

Camp, who has led Q Cinema for 13 years, is no stranger to controversy. He was a critical player in the late ‘90s “Labor of Love” project at the now-defunct Fort Worth Theatre. That group presented shows like Paul Rudnick’s Jeffrey and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band. A few times, there were protesters in front of the performance space, Orchestra Hall.

Considering the dust-up Corpus Christi caused in Texas last year when a Tarelton State University junior had his student production of it canceled, Camp is prepared for blowback.

“You are not going to tell me what I can and cannot do in my town, even if you’re the lieutenant governor,” he says. “This is an important work by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who’s from Texas. … It’s an incredibly pro-spiritual show. It’s not anti-religion or blasphemous. It takes organized religion, which has been used to club the gay and lesbian community for many years, and retells the story that makes it a little more compatible and open to them.”

For now, they’ll have to see how their audience deals with a show outside a bike shop.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 23, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

More 'Corpus Christi' coming to Fort Worth

Q Live founders Todd Camp (left) and Kyle Trentham
Q Live founders Todd Camp (left) and Kyle Trentham

There should be plenty of theater for people to protest in Fort Worth over the next few months.

Todd Camp, Kyle Trentham and Q Cinema are bringing a full-scale production of the Terrence McNally play, “Corpus Christi” to Fort Worth’s Rose Marine Theater.

The student production that was banned on the Tarleton State University campus will be presented at the theater in May. Dallas Voice will be a sponsor of that production.

Then in July, Q Cinema’s new live production branch, QLive, will present a full production of the play. The play will run July 23-31. Camp said he’s been wanting to do the play since he saw a production of it in Austin five years ago.

The Tarleton protests ensured a local production.

—  David Taffet