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Gay Play Tuesdays

Join us for our next Gay Play Tuesday, which will take place on July 16th at 6:30pm, when we will read Lips Together, Teeth Apart by Terrence McNally (1991). Hailed by Frank Rich of the New York Times as Terrence McNally’s “most ambitious and most accomplished play,”  Lips Together, Teeth Apart is an incisive portrait of two straight married couples reckoning with uncomfortable truths. Forced to spend a Fourth of July weekend at a Fire Island house that was left to one of the women after her brother’s untimely death, the Trumans and the Haddocks are in for an explosive vacation. Fueled by unspoken fears, festering resentments and forbidden longings–and surrounded by gay neighbors–both couples are forced to face each other, themselves, and a changing world. Bitingly funny and haunting, Lips Together, Teeth Apart probes the stifled lives of people and their prejudices with stunning clarity.

To sign-up for our Gay Play Tuesdays: Lips Together, Teeth Apart on July 16th, please fill out form!

What is “Gay Play Tuesdays”?

What makes a “gay play?” Is it dependent on the identity of the author or characters? The reception of the play by LGBTQIA+ audiences? The play’s politics? Or is there something else, less definable, that might make a play a gay classic?

Join our Resident Dramaturg, Jesse Marchese, for a monthly free play reading salon where we will investigate some of the most impactful, provocative, and fearless “gay plays” from the 20th and 21st centuries. Being a “salon,” this is not a professional performance. Rather, we treat each session as a classroom where the plays are our teachers.

We will treat every session as a first read through, assigning parts on a first come, first served basis. You are welcome to come and read a role out loud or just listen along – no experience necessary! Once we finish reading through the play we will engage in a short discussion of its themes and ideas.


Jul 16 2024


6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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