GAY CAMP EXTENDS!
The script – penned by co-authors Philip Mutz and Susan-Kate Heaney – has been updated since the summer run with newer, bigger laughs, and even more up-to-the minute punchlines. Phillip Fazio (Arizona premiere of Grey Gardens, Last Five Years, and August: Osage County) returns to direct this latest update.
“Gay Camp” is a quick-change farce that follows the stories of several young campers at a gay reform camp. They have been sent away by their parents to be ’fixed’. Instead, they learn how to love – themselves and one another.
Combining fast-paced writing, wildly imaginative direction, audience interaction, and razor-sharp comedic performances by three actors playing more than a dozen zany characters, “Gay Camp” is fast, funny, and not pulling its punches as it takes on anti-gay sentiment in America.
Start with a deliciously evil counselor facing off against a loud-and-proud young camper, throw in a few electrified fences, disco balls, Cher ballads, gay Twister, Michele Bachmann surprises, slow-motion fantasies, Straight vs. Gay lessons, whips, handcuffs, flannel, and more innuendos than you can shake a dildo at, and you’ve got Gay Camp.
Re-joining in the fun will be composer/musician Bradford Proctor (Bunked: The Musical), serving as “Gay Camp’s” onstage accompanist and unassuming narrator.
“Gay Camp” was initially part of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival and ran from Aug. 11 – Aug. 22 at the HERE Mainstage Theatre in SoHo.
Following its initial sold-out run, “Gay Camp” received the Overall Excellence Award from Fringe NYC for “Best Ensemble 2012,” and was selected as one of 19 shows (out of the 187 Fringe shows) to receive an extension as part of Fringe’s Encore Series (subsequently playing at the Players’ Theatre).
“Gay Camp” ran at the Duplex this summer from Aug. 17 – Sept. 14, 2013, with cast members Philip Mutz, Ken Urso, and Christian Mansfield reprising their roles.
“Gay Camp” also served as the inspiration for this past June’s My Big Gay ’Gay Camp’ Talent Show, a one-night-only comedy cabaret, that played NYC’s Laurie Beechman Theatre and featured Broadway’s Nadia Quinn (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”), Mariand Torres (“Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812”), and the entire “Gay Camp” cast. Additionally, Gay Camp received its West Coast debut on Aug. 3, 2013, at the Interplayers’ Theatre in Spokane, Washington.
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher Street (at 7th Avenue), NYC.
SATURDAY Nov. 9 @ 10:00pm
FRIDAY Nov. 15 @ 9:30pm
THURSDAY Dec. 5 @ 9:30pm
FRIDAY Dec. 20 @ 9:30pm
Tickets can currently be reserved by calling (212) 255-5438 or visting www.theduplex.com.