Join us for some socializing and our guest speaker, Allan Baker.
At this month’s general meeting, our program will be a reading of the one-act play, “Modesto,” by member Allan Baker. Allan began writing in 2004 and has since written 13 plays. Eleven of these plays have been onstage, in a total of
22 productions and 7 staged readings. “Modesto” is an adaptation of Allan’s full-length play, “Dare.” “Dare” won the 2017 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest, sponsored by the Castillo Theatre in New York City and was given a staged reading last August at the theatre. The Desert Rose Playhouse in Palm Springs will produce “Dare” as the last play of its 2017-2018 season, from April 20th to May 13th.
“Modesto” synopsis: Jack, an 84-year-old gay man, is a resident of a nursing home in Modesto, California. There in “the reddest part of the bluest state,” Jack is interviewed by members of the San Francisco Gay History Project. Jack had, for many years, been the owner of a bookstore in the Castro district of San Francisco. Jack, however, wants to give the history that brought him and the pro-ject curators to where they are today...in a world where threats to the gay community have emerged again after the 2016 election. He also wants to give the “gift” that will be a way to resist those threats. Jack does so in a series of flashbacks to his past: from San Francisco in the early ‘70s to Fire Island in the late ‘70s to New York City in the mid-80s and in 1990.
Prime Timers members Richard Gartner and Scott Poppaw will be reading the parts of the older “Jack” and the younger “Jack.” Austin actor Mackenzie Cade (seen in City Theatre’s production of “The Normal Heart”), will read the part of “David,” Jack’s long time love interest, guide, and mentor.
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