Thoroughly Modern Maupin: The Legacy of Armistead
Thoroughly Modern Maupin: The Legacy of Armistead
Litquake joins forces with American Conservatory Theatre and BARtab to co-present an evening of readings and music, as the City ramps up for the world premiere of A.C.T.'s much-anticipated "Tales of the City" musical later this spring! Featuring the next generation of writers who continue to further ideals Armistead helped pioneer and champion in his work.
Swedish American Music Hall, 2174 Market Street, 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Beer, wine, and Blue Angel Vodka cocktails. Proceeds to benefit Litquake 2011, October 7-15.
Beer, wine, and cocktails from Blue Angel Vodka and Art in the Age. Proceeds to benefit Litquake 2011, October 7-15.
Emceed by the amazing Marga Gomez. With appearances/performances by Andrew Sean Greer, Scott James, Precious Moments aka Michael Soldier, Kevin Simmonds, K.M. Soehnlein, and Michelle Tea -- plus special guests!
MARGA GOMEZ is a San Francisco-loving, nationally touring comedian and writer/performer of nine solo plays. She was named Best Comedian for 2011 by the Bay Area Reporter, Best Solo Performance for 2010 by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, and is a triple winner of "Best of the Bay" comedian, from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She can be seen every Monday as the host of Marga's Funny Mondays at The Marsh in Berkeley. She is honored to be part of this tribute to Armistead Maupin.
ANDREW SEAN GREER is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage, which The New York Times has called an "inspired, lyrical novel," and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune while garnering many other coast-to-coast honors. His first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, and his story collection, How It Was for Me, were also published to wide acclaim. His stories have appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and other national publications, and have been anthologized most recently in The Book of Other People and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the recipient of the PEN/O'Henry Prize for Short Fiction, the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer currently lives in San Francisco and is at work on his next novel.
SCOTT JAMES writes a weekly column about San Francisco for The Bay Citizen and The New York Times. Under the pen name Kemble Scott he is also the author of two bestselling novels, SoMa and The Sower. "I'm following Armistead Maupin's career in reverse. He started with a newspaper column, and ended up with a series of provocative books. I've done it backwards, but I'm looking forward to hanging out at a naught Hollywood icon's swimming pool some day soon."
International Superloon PRECIOUS MOMENTS a.k.a. MICHAEL SOLDIER can be seen in the feature films Devious Inc, The Craving, and The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror. After an infamous win of the coveted Miss Trannyshack title in 2001 s/he has been a slippery fixture on the San Francisco scene. Since arriving in SF in 2000, s/he has had lead roles in theater productions of classic American plays, spent 18 months in the smash Cockettes revival of Pearls Over Shanghai, been a live news anchor/journalist for Q television, and appeared in 30 award-winning porn flicks. S/he is a featured interviewee in the documentary international festival fave 24 Hours On Craigslist. As a lead vocalist in the genderfucked rock band PEPPERSPRAY, s/he has opened for Cher's farewell tour and Scissor Sisters. S/he has been a guest lecturer on the adult entertainment industry for Stanford's psychology department and the San Francisco Sex Institute. Michael & Precious Moments are currently considering pursuit of an MFA in drama from Yale and enjoying his 20th year in practice as a massage therapist.
KEVIN SIMMONDS is a poet, composer and performance artist originally from New Orleans. His publications include three forthcoming publications, the poetry collection Mad for Meat (Salmon Poetry), the anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion and Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press) and the edited collection Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof (University of South Carolina Press). His music has been performed throughout the US, the UK, Japan and elsewhere and was recently featured on PBS NewsHour. He has received fellowships and commissions from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Fulbright and Jack Straw. Right now he's working on ORIENT: a new anthropology, a multimedia work about Asian-Black tensions in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles that will premiere at CounterPULSE this October.
K.M. SOEHNLEIN is the author of three novels: The World of Normal Boys, You Can Say You Knew Me When and Robin and Ruby. His essays have appeared in anthologies including Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times; Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys; and Love, Castro Street. He's been published in San Francisco magazine, 7×7 magazine, Village Voice and Out. He teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. Contact him through kmsoehnlein.com.
MICHELLE TEA is the author of five novels, a book of poetry, numerous short stories, hundreds of Bay Area newspaper articles and has edited several anthologies on fashion, class, queer writing and personal narrative. Her novel Valencia won the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction, a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award for Literature, and the prestigious Rona Jaffe Foundation award for early-career female writers. She is co-founder of the legendary Sister Spit all-female spoken-word road show, and is founder /artistic director of RADAR Productions, which presents, commissions, develops, and tours literary programs that stimulate the production of queer and underground literature.
JEFF WHITTY (Libretto) won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Avenue Q, which ran six years on Broadway and then moved to its current home off Broadway at New World Stages. Additional mountings include five years in London's West End, U.S. and U.K. national tours, and dozens of international productions. This fall, his new musical Bring It On kicks off a New Yorkbound national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, with a score by Tom Kitt, Amanda Green, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Whitty's plays include The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Hiding Place, The Plank Project, Balls, and Suicide Weather. Theaters mounting his work include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Alliance Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Vineyard Theatre, and The New Group, as well as The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, which hosted developmental workshops for Avenue Q and Tales of the City.
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114