Curtain Call XXIII — Nude Live Theater Night
Two one-act plays: Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach | Jerker, or The Helping Hand
There will be a pre-performance reception starting at 7:00 p.m. with beer, wine, soft drinks, fresh popcorn, and other snacks available for purchase. (Bring cash.) Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. There is an intermission between the plays. Bring a towel to sit on and a gym bag or backpack for your clothes.
There is ample free parking in two lots behind the theater and on the street (after 6 p.m.). Public transit is available to within a few blocks of this location; get directions for bus or bike from your starting point.
The curtain raiser, Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach, is one of four short plays that Paul Rudnick included in a full work, The New Century, produced in 2008 at Lincoln Center. Rudnick is highly regarded for his plays and screenplays, including Jeffrey, I Hate Hamlet, and In and Out.
Mr. Charles is an old-style, gay sophisticate who has been “exiled” from New York City for his lack of political correctness. He is “semi-retired” in Palm Beach and now hosts a late-night cable show called, Too Gay. Accompanied by his exhibitionistic “boy toy,” Shane, Mr. Charles hilariously expounds on “Gay Culture” and attempts to change the world! This play contains male nudity.
Like a creature fashioned from the DNA of Paul Lynde in some fabulous laboratory, the title character of Paul Rudnick’s hilarious … one-act, Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach, embodies a gay archetype that Carl Jung overlooked: the Stereotype That Gives Us All a Bad Name. [full review]
— The Advocate
The full title of the second play is Jerker, or The Helping Hand: A Pornographic Elegy with Redeeming Social Value and a Hymn to the Queer Men of San Francisco in Twenty Telephone Calls, Many of Them Dirty. It was written by the late Robert Chesley, who was theatre critic for The Bay Area Guardian.
Jerker is Chesley’s most performed play (although not in South Florida). It became notorious after a radio broadcast of excerpts on the Los Angeles public radio station caused the Federal Communications Commission to attempt censorship. The play is set in 1980’s San Francisco, when gay sex was both uninhibited and frightening because of the unfolding AIDS epidemic. Two men, J.R. and Bert, engage in frank and raw phone sex that excites them, while building a strong, unseen bond between them. Jerker is unflinching in its language and sensuality, yet compelling in depicting the search for love.
The play contains male nudity, strong language, and sexual content. For additional insights, see a review from the 20th anniversary revival in 2006.
I've never seen a play that went from the near-pornographic to the tragic, but 'Jerker' achieves it. — The New York Times
It is in-your-face and
raunchy, and of course we get titillated by that. But then it turns around
and punches you in the stomach with its depth and sensitivity and the love
between the two characters. — Dean Howell, who played the role of Bert in
the 2006 production
Learn more about the venue, Andrews Living Arts Studio.
Admission is by advance ticket purchase; $31.15 per person. Maximum capacity is 55 (51 theater seats and 4 upholstered stools). Click on the “Buy Ticket(s)” button below to sign up. We will have the reservation list at the theater for check-in. You may bring your e-mail receipt of your completed payment transaction if you’d like, but it’s not required.
We must have a minimum of 25 seats
prepaid by February 5 in order to guarantee the house by advance deposit
for this exclusive, all-nude event. (In the unlikely case that we fall short,
tickets will be refunded in full. Once we pay our deposit to the theater,
however, tickets are not refundable unless the remaining total bookings
would at least equal our guaranteed minimum attendance.)
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