July 21 – 30
Gently Down the Stream by Martin Sherman
Directed by Joe Bishara
Featuring Mark Phillips Schwamberger as Beau, Jarrod Turnbull as Rufus and Akky Oyagi as Harry
Performances: July 21 (Preview) at 7:30, July 22 (Opening) at 8:00, July 23 at 8:00, July 24 at 2:00, July 27 & 28 at 7:30,
July 29 & 30 at 8:00
Beau, a pianist expat living in London, meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer, at the dawn of the internet dating revolution. After a life spent recovering from the disappointment and hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it, Beau is determined to keep his expectations low with Rufus. But Rufus comes from a new generation of gay men who believe happiness is as much their right as anyone else’s, and what Beau assumed would be just another fling grows into one of the most surprising and defining relationships of his life. A remarkably moving, brilliantly funny love story, GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM reflects the triumphs and heartbreaks of the entire length of the gay rights movement, celebrating and mourning the ghosts of the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage, and the right to dream.
About Martin Sherman
Is an American dramatist and screenwriter best known for his 20 stage plays which have been produced in over 60 countries. He rose to fame in 1979 with the production of his play Bent, which explores the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust. Bent was a Tony nominee for Best Play in 1980 and won the Dramatists Guild’s Hull-Warriner Award. It was adapted by Sherman for a major motion picture in 1997 and later by independent sources as a ballet in Brazil. Sherman is an openly gay Jew, and many of his works dramatize “outsiders,” dealing with the discrimination and marginalization of minorities whether “gay, female, foreign, disabled, different in religion, class or color.” He has lived and worked in London since 1980.