Sunday, October 09, 2011

Mad men meets Milk

Uptown Players Presents The Temperamentals

Uptown Players closes its 2011 season with the regional premiere of the 2010 off-Broadway hit, The Temperamentals, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater from October 7 through October 23, 2011.

Jon Marans’ The Temperamentals tells the story of two men, the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich, as they fall in love while building the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights organization in the United States pre Stonewall. It is an intimate portrayal of the men who created history and the epic struggles they overcame.

The characters consist of the actual men who founded the Mattachine Society, as well as other prominent figures of the time in Hollywood and the film industry, as well as the world of fashion. The story weaves together the personal and political to tell a relatively unknown chapter in gay history. It explores the love between two complex men, as their impossible dream of forming such an unheard of organization becomes a reality in this perilous, unpredictable world.

Described as "Mad Men meets Milk," Marans’ play was a sold-out sensation off-Broadway last year and earned a GLAAD nomination for Outstanding New York Theater. This production features Gregory Lush as Harry Hay and Montgomery Sutton as Rudi Geinrich; Paul J. Williams, Kevin Moore and Daylon Walton round out the cast, with Bruce R. Coleman directing.

The Temperamentals runs October 7 through October 23, 2011, with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. (no performance October 9). A special Thursday night performance will take place on October 20 at 8 p.m.. Performances will take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. at Blackburn, Dallas TX 75219. Tickets are $25 - $35 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 214-219-2718.

About Uptown Players:

Now in its tenth season, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following with an annual audience base of over 15,000 patrons, including nearly 1000 season subscribers. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including over 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, several hundred “The Column” Awards and 15 Theatre Critics Forum Awards in its first seven seasons. In recent years, Uptown Players has also been named the best theatre company by the Dallas Voice Readers Awards, and the Dallas Observer, and has appeared on the WFAA-A list and Best of Big D – D Magazine. Uptown Players has recently been featured on Good Morning Texas and Daybreak on WFAA.

Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically, build cultural bridges, and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. There is no other theater group with this unique mission in the Dallas area.

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