Sunday, May 2, 2021



Yes, that's your BlogMistress in olden days. I'm still here in San Francisco, but I will be introducing this first live stream production of Immediate Family.

The play is being produced by Homo Promos, a gay theater in London that has been going since 1988. This year they won an international award for all the live stream Zoom productions they've done since the pandemic shut down theater as we know it.

I've toured all over the world with Immediate Family, a play about Virginia at the bedside of her comatose wife Rose. Although they've been together over 20 years, Virginia has no legal right to any say about Rose's medical treatment. The play consists simply of Virginia's monolog to the silent and still Rose, as Virginia sits by her wife's bedside, trying to figure out how to get Rose removed from the ventilator that prolongs her suffering.

Immediate Family has been produced in Pittsburgh, Billings, Montana and San Francisco when there were anti-gay initiatives on the ballot. I'm proud that my play was used to raise money and consciousness in the battle for gay rights.

The last time I performed Immediate Family was at El Mejunje, the "diversity" (ie. gay) center in Santa Clara, Cuba in 2017 (I think). I cut the play quite a bit. My friend and director in New York City, Arcadio Ruiz-Castellanos, translated it into Spanish. This was a labor of love for Arcadio, as he had left Cuba decades earlier as one of the Marielistas.

The Marielistas were people who were considered undesirable by the Cuban authorities and were told to go to Mariel Beach and get in little boats and go to the U.S. Arcadio had a successful career in Havana as an actor and director when he was called in to the police station and told to leave because he was gay. I mean, he wasn't a gay ACTIVIST. He was just GAY. He has never been back to Cuba since then, but he and his husband Ruben are one of the main economic supports of Arcadio's family.

So I printed up scripts, with the English running down the left side and the Spanish on the right side, so that people could follow the play, which I performed in English, very closely. Here are some photos from that performance:
Below are photos of me standing in front of El Mejunje and the courtyard there. It was a very nice, comfortable center with a lovely small theater.

And below is my favorite picture, which is the director of El Mejunje hugging me after the performance.
Unfortunately, I was on a group tour and we had to leave immediately after the performance, so I didn't get a chance to talk to anyone there about it.

Well, I thought I was going to be writing a very brief blog to tell you about the London performance. But everything always leads to a story with me, doesn't it?

All for now, dear Blogellinis. I must must must walk the pups and then finish my taxes (oy) and then this evening Carolyn and I are doing a podcast. The BlogMistress is very busy right now. Love, Terry

No comments:

Post a Comment