(David Lostegaard – April 4, 1941-March 29, 2012)
- About Bernard Carlton
Bernard Carlton wrestles with his wealthy controlling parents, the marriage they forced him into, his own political ambitions, and his obsessive erotic relationship with Wayne Hochner, a free wheeling, easy-going, blue collar laborer. The tragic results of his duplicitous life force him to face himself. The highly-charged sexual relationship of two very different men, set against the changing culture and attitudes of the last half of the 20th century, shows their lust and love for each other, and their final redemption.About Bernard Carlton played a highly successful six-month run at Here in New York City and was the closing night attraction at the 1999 Queer at Here Gay Arts Festival.
One or Two-Act: 95 min. total – unit set
2M: comfortably act adolescence-middle age
- And Puppy Dogs Tails
Set just weeks before the Stonewall riot in New York, 22-year-old Bud visits his high school best friend John. As their closeness re-establishes itself, Bud’s sexual and intellectual ambivalence is brought to question as he faces John’s gay life and the period’s counter-culture. Bud’s questioning of a world with more possibilities than he had anticipated, causes John, his lover and their outrageous best friend, Tommy, to examine their moral values and emotional state.For years considered a “lost” gay play from the Stonewall era, this seminal work of contemporary gay theater had a seven-month run Off Broadway in 1969-70. Many additional production were staged in the United States and Europe in the early 70s.
One-Act: 1 hr. 50 min. – one interior
4M: early-mid 20s
- Befriending Beau
Seventeen-year-old Tash lives with his single mother in suburban L.A. She plans to send Tash to live with his father, a fundamentalist Christian in San Diego. As Tash tries to help his friend Beau kick heroin, their friend Chili plots to find shelter for Tash. In their adolescent confusion, the three work to create a family unit, while struggling with their mutual sexual attractions and the siren call of drugs.Befriending Beau premiered in 2000 and played to sell-out audiences in the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival.
One-Act: 60 min.
2M: 16, 19
After three years of a joyous sexual and emotionally fulfilling relationship, Ted and Lane find that their casual promiscuity has destroyed their romantic and physical chemistry. Separating, they find themselves adrift in San Francisco’s fast lane where sexual gratification is swift and easy, but emotional contact remains elusive. As they define their emotional needs and values, they are surprised to find they may have placed themselves on the road to reconciliation.eXs enjoyed a successful run from Jan.-Mar. 2002 at C.S.V. Theater, New York.
One-Act: 1 hr. 30 min.
6M: early 20s-mid 30s
- Shadow Boy
In 1927, Lyle, a young factory worker, frustrated by the limits his world offers, strikes out for Manhattan where he soon is kept by politically ambitious Wall Street lawyer Allen Steele. When Lyle learns Steele’s political rival, Burt Kirkland, plans a smear campaign, he uncovers an even bigger scandal on Kirkland. Lyle’s confronting Kirkland stops the impending smear scandal, and gives him a more central role in Steele’s life. The play is a realistic, well-researched portrait of gay life in New York during the 20s-30s. It includes authentic comic drag routines of the era, as well as appearances by gay film stars and sports figures of the times.SHADOW BOY was first produced by C.S.V. Theater in New York in 2001.
One-Act: 1 hr. 30 min. – unit set