I am so excited for this weekend because I am going to see Two Pieces of Work at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.
The show features two separate self-written solo pieces by Michael Kearns and Dave Trudell that dissect the queer male psyche with determined fearlessness and an unleashed sense of fun and romance shared by both of the performer-writers.
Kearns’ work follows a tradition he began at Highways the year that it opened (intimacies, one of the first outings to explore HIV/AIDS from an inclusive lens) so it’s fitting the he will premiere MENoir, Has Anyone Seen My Libido? In which the award-winning solo performer tracks the emotional, physical, sexual, and perhaps spiritual aftermath of radiation treatment he underwent for prostate cancer treatment in 2017.
Trudell’s One of These Daves (Is Someone Like You) takes the temperature of the current Administration with his trademark zaniness mixed with intelligence and biting awareness while always adhering to the Seventies battlecry that the “personal is political.” And the Dave he most prevalently presents is the one who is transitioning from boy to man, posing the question at his critical juncture in American GLBTQ politics: What are the responsibilities of a gay man other than having a good haircut and good Grindr profile?
The talented Lea DeLaria is profiled in The Untitled Magazine this month and I thought you might enjoy an excerpt:
You’re outspoken in your opposition to Trump. How are you involved in the fight against him, and what organizations or causes do you recommend readers consider supporting?
I am involved by remaining outspoken. I would encourage everyone to stand tall against this fascist, sexist, racist, homophobic pig of a POTUS. The best thing about being American is our constitutional right to disagree and vocally express criticism of our government. On this note, I have a question: everytime I post anything on Instagram that is anti-Drumph I lose 1,000 or so followers. No problem; I always get more to replace them. The question is, why are they following me in the first place? How is it possible for anyone to be an avid admirer of “Orange is the New Black” and also a supporter of that asshat?! It appears to be further proof that the “Make America Hate Again” movement is just plain clueless.
Your birthday is coming up! In an industry often overly focused on youth, what’s it like working successfully in entertainment at 60?
This industry is mostly focused on the youth of women. Let’s face it, men get to work until they die. Men get to have love affairs at the age of 60 with women in their twenties. In show biz, older men are distinguished while older women are sexless grandmas and hags. Having said that, the fact that I work at all at the age of 60 without ever once having been in the closet or pulling any political punches—with zero fucks to give as to what the industry thinks of me—and looking like I do and always being who I am is just plain remarkable.
Two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane is always a fun and interesting talk show guest. Earlier this week, he shared his take on the Met Gala theme, Heavenly Bodies, abouthis seven-and-a-half hour Tony-nominated play, Angels in America. He also chats with Jimmy Fallon about channeling “the worst human being,” Roy Cohn, in the play and how he’s inadvertently paying Stormy Daniels’ hush money.
Love me some Tuc Watkins and love that he’s featured in a new interview in The Advocate.
The handsome and talented Tuc is currently on Broadway in an all-star production of Boys in the Band. He plays a soon-to-be-divorced bisexual father named Hank who lives with his boyfriend, Larry (Andrew Rannells).
Here is an excerpt:
It’s always a journey of self-discovery. Can you relate to some of Hank’s struggle?
What I relate to is, you know, I have a couple of kids, and fortunately I always thought I wanted to be a dad, but I never knew how I was going to be a dad because I knew I was gay and I wasn’t going to get into a relationship that was [inauthentic]. As I got older and I learned there’s adoption, there’s fostering, there’s surrogacy, there became avenues for gay people to have kids of your own, so I engaged in the surrogacy process as a single parent and now I have twins.
I imagine that [Hank] was vilified in the late ’60s for choosing to leave his family and go live what he knew to be the truth, but that takes a lot of courage for someone to do that. As a father, I sympathize with someone who has to come to terms with who they truly are and try to live that life authentically yet still feel the responsibility for other people he loves. You always lived an out lifestyle, but I’m sure it must have felt freeing to come out publicly, which you did in 2013.
I did avoid speaking to the press about [being gay] because I thought it would affect my career. I thought I wouldn’t get to play parts. But like Hank says in the play, I just got to a point where it just didn’t matter. I didn’t want to continue doing this dance, especially after becoming a dad. It just didn’t feel … it felt really wrong. You don’t really care where it takes you. If you know that you’re finally embracing the truth and telling the truth, then whatever is on the other side of that truth is going to be OK. In this day and age with social media, it’s becoming harder to keep a secret.
Yes, and the best part is it’s so important for us to not keep secrets. I think the meaning of life is we’re all here to make each other feel safe, and part of making each other feel safe is looking each other in the eye and telling the truth. I want people to feel like they can look me in the eye and tell the truth and know that they’re safe, and I want to feel the same way.
I always find whenever someone is vulnerable to me, I embrace them. The times where it’s been really scary to be honest and truthful about who I am, I have for the most part only been supported and embraced in return, and we just need to remember that with each other.
In 2008, the top two tennis players in the world were Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Flash-forward to 10 years later and the top two players in the world are Federer and Nadal.
But someday, somehow, there will be a changing of the guard and a young player like Michael Mmoh will step up and take the mantle.
The 20 year old American tennis player is the reigning USTA junior national champion. He has won 2 ATP Challenger titles and 4 ITF Futures tournaments, including his first at the age of 16.
Born in Saudi Arabia, Mmoh has both Irish and Nigerian ancestry. Michael’s father Tony Mmoh was also a professional tennis player who represented Nigeria and reached a career-high ranking of 105. His mother was born in Ireland and is also an Australian citizen. Mmoh’s parents named him after basketball superstar Michael Jordan.
To start off the 2018 season, Mmoh recorded his first career ATP-level match wins by defeating Federico Delbonis in the first round of the Brisbane International and world No. 33 Mischa Zverev to make the quarterfinals.
I love when Portia de Rossi guests on her wife’s daytime talk show. In today’s episode, the Arrested Development star explained why she decided to quit acting after decades in the business. Then, she and Ellen got a huge surprise for The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund from Portia’s friends at Arrested Development.
Ronan Farrow stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers yesterday and talks about Trump’s high-stakes dealings with North Korea, the consequences of pulling out of the Iran deal and covering the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. He also talks about interviewing Rex Tillerson for his book, War on Peace, and the vital role the State Department plays in U.S. foreign affairs, and he tells a story about an Afghan general and his reindeer.
Pierce Brosnan is the kind of guy who is so good looking that you want to either kiss him or slap him! He turns 65 today and is as handsome as ever,
He may be best known for the four James Bond movies he starred in but Pierce has been making our hearts beat just a little faster since he came onto the scene in a big way back in 1982 as the star of NBC’s Remington Steele. He was so dapper that he was tapped to replace Roger Moore in the Bond franchise in the mid-80s but was contractually bound to do Remington Steele.
Timothy Dalton may have gotten the role for a few films but Brosnan’s time finally came in 1995. He’s made many other films along the way including such hits as The Thomas Crown Affair, the Mirror Has Two Faces, Mrs. Doubtfire and Mamma Mia! In the latter, he was so charming opposite Meryl Streep even if his singing was dreadful! He’s in the upcoming sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again out this summer.
What I really like is that Brosnan has always been willing to segue between leading man roles and supporting parts that allow him to so something unexpected – like have an orange thrown at him by Robin Williams in drag in Doubtfire!
My two all-time favorite Brosnan performances were in The Matador (he was brilliant as a boozy assiassin) and Evelyn in which he played a man fighting the Irish courts to be reunited with his children.
Kathie Lee, Hoda and John Cena welcome actors Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells, who in addition to being friends are co-stars in the 50th anniversary edition of “The Boys in the Band,” the groundbreaking play about a group of gay men who gather for a friend’s birthday party. “To get to do it with these guys is just a dream,” Bomer says.
I don’t know about you but I’m a lot more excited about Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic starring Rami Malek, than any Avengers movie.
Studio 20th Century Fox has just released the film’s official poster and trailer and writes in a synopsis: “Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.”
Last night, Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson scored a 39 out of a possible 40 as they danced the Contemporary to “O” by Coldplay on Dancing with the Stars. We get to see a bit of Adam’s mom whom he clearly adores and the Olympian describes himself as a ‘beautiful crier.’ The more Adam is in the spotlight, the more we find out that he really is that talented and that charming. What a treat. Enjoy the dance!
Today is the world’s former top-ranked tennis player’s 31st birthday. Andy Murray has not played an official match since last summer due to a long-term hip injury that required surgery. He hopes to play at Wimbledon but is not sure he will be able to. Gutsy Andy has had to play his entire career in the considerable shadows of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – a trio that has combined for 48 grand slam singles titles. Despite the stellar competition, Andy has still managed to carve out a Hall of Fame career that includes two Wimbledon titles, two Olympic Gold Medals, a US Open, an ATP World Tour Finals crown and a Davis Cup title. He’s won 45 titles in all with the only gaps being the Australian Open (he’s a five-time runner-up) and the French Open (2016 runner-up). Happy birthday to Andy!