To celebrate this year's historic 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and World Pride NYC, THE LAVENDER EFFECT® (TLE) is presenting two benefit performances of the award-winning hit LGBTQ play ELECTRICITY that chronicles the LGBTQ journey of two gay men from Stonewall to today. The award-winning production, starring playwright and actor Terry Ray and Off-Broadway veteran Mel England, and directed by Steve Rosenbaum, has been touring across the nation to critical acclaim and audience response since its debut in Los Angeles. This benefit marks ELECTRICITY's 1st public performance in New York City during the last week of June.
ELECTRICITY explores the relationship between two Gay men who meet literally the summer of Stonewall in high school, and then continue to meet up in a motel room at their high-school reunion every decade since, as they emerge from living in the shadows of the closet, to the daylight of equality. Sex, drugs and booze make up the life of Brad Burke, while ex-seminary student Gary Henderson is so closeted that he hides his sexuality behind an invented wife. When they re-unite at their 10-year high school reunion and share a motel room, it's a monumental clash of worlds that sparks an electricity between them that lures them back to that same motel room every decade to today. The tremendous changes in the lives of LGBTQ people, from living in the closet, the explosion of the sexual revolution and Gay Liberation, the fight to survive the plague of AIDS, battles with addiction and recovery, and the struggle for Equality are all seen in the course of Gary and Brads relationship over the decades.
ELECTRICITY has been performed across the country in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Columbus, and continuously for the past two years in Palm Springs. It won BEST TOURING PRODUCTION (alongside HAMILTON), and BEST ACTOR in a Tour in Minneapolis, and was named one of the top 10 performances of the year in Columbus.
Playwright and actor Terry Ray, originally wrote the play because he wanted to capture the journey of a generation of gay men who went from living in the closet to demanding equality. "Getting to share ELECTRICITY as a writer and actor in New York City for the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall during Pride is a true gift" Ray said. "Our journey since that night in 1969 is our collective gay experience, a road map from where we started to where we are" he continued, "and hat's the journey I wanted to capture in ELECTRICITY and reflect back in the lives of two complicated and flawed gay men."
ELECTRICITY is being presented as a special benefit for TLE. Mel England, who plays the party-addicted Brad, also serves on TLE Board of Advisors, brought the play to its #Queerstory Performance Series. "ELECTRICITY tells the story of a generation that fought for its right to exist and to pursue happiness, the American dream" said England. This is the perfect play to see for the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.
Founding Executive and Creative Director of TLE Andy Sacher said "Terry Ray's play romps through several Gay Decades with two unique men. It reminds us how differently we can experience relationships in the midst of monumental social changes."
The benefit performances of ELECTRICITY coincide with the organization's expansion into New York from Southern California just in time for the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. Other programs coming to New York from TLE include its Oral History Projects documenting LGBTQ Pioneers, guided LGBTQ History Tours, and the PRIDE Explorer App.
THE LAVENDER EFFECT® is a nonprofit project of Community Partners that is dedicated to advancing the future of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Heritage and Culture. Founded in May of 2012, our programs celebrate diverse culture by teaching the contributions of LGBTQ+ and allied pioneers. TLEs Oral History Project captures video testimonies from members of the LGBTQ+ community, and supportive allies, who were integral participants or witnesses to a historic event or movement. These recordings are being produced at the highest standards available utilizing Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation Interview Guidelines. More than 50 hours of testimonies have been viewed over 150,000 times worldwide. Other collaborative programs include Out & About Tours, PRIDE Explorer, Educational Forums, and Cultural Events. For more information about TLE's various programs, or to donate, please visit www.TheLavenderEffect.org/donate/.
For more information about the play ELECTRICITY and its upcoming appearances in Palm Springs and other cities, please visit ElectricitythePlay.com. Adult themes and some nudity.
The Revelation Gallery at St. Johns in the Village Church (View)
224 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014
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