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Decades Apart: Reflections of Three Gay Men
Exit Theater
San Francisco, CA
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Decades Apart: Reflections of Three Gay Men
Written and Performed by Rick Pulos
Directed by Barbara Parisi

Decades Apart: Reflections of Three Gay Men is a multimedia theatrical performance that captures significant moments in the lives of three gay American men from different eras and cities. Bob is a carefree soul who lives in 1970s San Francisco and finds sex and love closely intertwined. Patrick, a gay Republican, tries to survive 1980s New York City but finds himself hopelessly lost. Danny is a wild club kid who parties and pays hard for it in 1990s Los Angeles. Decades Apart reflects back on the social and political issues that shaped the worldview of these men. Pulos' performance is crafted to complement the media and story he has designed. Barbara Parisi (a director, professor, author and editor with more than 150 New York City directing credits to her name) helms the show.

Decades Apart opened the first ever Long Island Fringe Festival in fall 2009 to a reaction none of the producers could predict: homophobic outbursts and downright disgust at the material. Pulos and Parisi hope to spur controversy and conversation with this new staging of the play, and to inspire compassion towards the many modulations of gayness that have evolved throughout American history. The stories in Decades Apart are very candid and are suitable for mature audiences only.

Chicago Stage Style raves that Decades Apart demonstrates "real innovation[s] in gay theatre" and that the text is "a provocative and thought provoking picture of same-sex proclivities and issues. If the response to Pulos' World Premiere was any indication, this is a work that can really get blood boiling out there, and isn't that one of the benchmarks of great theatre?"

New York Theatre Wire writes "Pulos [uses] videos to great effect, creating time, place and mood with tapes of actual events as well as fanciful imagery."

Rick Pulos is a published playwright, theatre producer, artist, performer and educator and has performed all over the United States in venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. He studied theatre and film at Yale University as well as storyboard design and animation under the guidance of Academy Award winner Faith Hubley. He attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California where he studied with various experimental and commercial artists and directors. He is a native Californian transplanted to New York City.

Barbara Parisi is a co-founder of the Ryan Repertory Company. She has directed the Company in over 150 productions, ranging from musicals to dramas and comedies. She has performed in various roles throughout her career. Barbara has a Doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts. She is Professor of Communication Studies, Performance Studies and Theatre at Long Island University, the Brooklyn Campus. She was the editor of the Best American Short Plays series from 2004 to 2010 for Applause Theatre and Cinema Books/Hal Leonard Group Publishing.

The Ryan Repertory Company was founded in 1972 and is named after Irene Ryan, most famous for her role as Granny in television's long-running The Beverly Hillbillies. She was a leading performer in theatre, film and television and her name remains synonymous with quality work in every aspect of entertainment. Ryan Rep is a center for the development of new and original theatrical events. The Company's home is the Harry Warren Theatre, named in honor of the great composer, and is located in Brooklyn, NY.



Exit Theater (View)
156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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