Inside the Pride Plays’ Reading of SOME MEN with 2019 Tony Award Winners Terrence McNally and André De Shields at Rattlestick

André De Shields and the Company. Photo by Lia Chang

Doug Nevin and Michael Urie, in partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater closed out the Pride Plays’ festival of play readings commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, with a benefit reading of Terrence McNally’s Some Men, helmed by Logan Reed, on June 24 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

Festival Producer Doug Nevin, Festival Director Nick Mayo and Festival Producer Michael Urie. Photo by Lia Chang

Playwright Terrence McNally, who received the 2019 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in June, was in the house.

Logan Reed, Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy. Photo by Lia Chang

Normally performed by a cast of eight actors playing nearly fifty roles, Pride Plays’ one-night-only benefit reading of Some Men featured a cast of forty and a new scene recently written by McNally. Nick Mayo serves as Festival Director.

Back Row: David Turner, Dominic Colon, Ricardo Davila, James Cusati Moyer, David Ryan Smith, Adam Cantor, Michael Urie, Sam Gonzalez, Alton Alburo, Michael Mastro, Ryan Haddad, Jordan Cooper, Lance Roberts.
Middle Row: Thomas Jay Ryan, Everett Quinton, Andre De Shields, Murray Hill, Randy Harrison, Larry Powell, Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggart, Michael Cyril Creighton, Stephen Spinella, John Benjamin Hickey, Stephen DeRosa, Ned Riseley, Calvin Leon Smith, Kevin Chamberlin
Front Row: Tom Deckman, Will Blum, Arnie Burton, Jose Llana, Frank DiLella, Colin Hanlon, Satya Bhabha, Ken Barnett, Billy Carter, Marc Vietor, Mark Nelson, Daniel Butler, Dylan Guerra. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Some Men includes 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, Alton Alburo, Ken Barnett, Satya Bhabha, Will Blum, Arnie Burton, Dan Butler, Billy Carter, Kevin Chamberlin, Dominic Colón, Jordan E. Cooper, Michael Cyril Creighton, James Cusati-Moyer, Ricardo Dávila, Tom Deckman, Stephen DeRosa, Frank DiLella, Sam Gonzalez, Ryan Haddad, Randy Harrison, John Benjamin Hickey, Murray Hill, Adam Kantor, T.R. Knight, Jose Llana, Michael Mastro, Nick Mayo, Larry Powell, Everett Quinton, Lance Roberts, Thomas Jay Ryan, Calvin Leon Smith, David Ryan Smith, Stephen Spinella, Bobby Steggert, David Turner, Vishal Vaidya, and Marc Vietor.

2019 Tony Awards winners Terrence McNally and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

McNally’s Some Men is a play with an interwoven series of stories chronicling and contrasting the lives and attitudes of gay men in the United States over the past 80 years. The play begins and ends with a contemporary gay wedding, relating interconnecting stories of generations of gay men in New York City. Some Men premiered Off-Broadway in 2007.

John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang

Set against the backdrop of World Pride and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Pride Plays hopes to be a reflection of the queer experience the community has braved in the years since its heroes took their stand.

Sam Gonzalez and Michael Mastro. Photo by Lia Chang
Randy Harrison, Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggert, Larry Powell, Michael Cyril Creighton, Arnie Burton. Photo by Lia Chang
James Cusati-Moyer and John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel Butler and Calvin Leon Smith. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Carter and Mark Vietor. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Barnett and Colin Hanlon. Photo by Lia Chang
Jose Llana, Michael Mastro and David Ryan Smith. Photo by Lia Chang
Alton Alburo, Arnie Burton and John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang
Arnie Burton and John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang
Alton Alburo, Will Blum and Tom Deckman. Photo by Lia Chang
Jordan E. Cooper and Everett Quinton. Photo by Lia Chang
Jordan E. Cooper. Photo by Lia Chang
Everett Quinton, Thomas Jay Ryan, Mark Nelson, Alton Alburo, Will Blum, Tom Deckman, Kevin Chamberlin, Dylan Guerra. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and the Company. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and the Company. Photo by Lia Chang
David Turner and Nick Mayo. Photo by Lia Chang
Thomas Jay Ryan, Lance Roberts, Stephen DeRosa. Photo by Lia Chang
Murray Hill, T.R. Knight, John Benjamin HIckey, Ryan Haddad. Photo by Lia Chang
Dominic Colón and T.R. Knight. Photo by Lia Chang
Lance Roberts and Stephen DeRosa. Photo by Lia Chang
Larry Powell and Bobby Steggert. Photo by Lia Chang
Larry Powell, Bobby Steggert, Stephen Spinella and John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang

Larry Powell and Bobby Steggert. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Gonzalez, Michael Mastro and the Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Adam Kantor and Michael Urie. Photo by Lia Chang
Jose Llana, Jordan E. Cooper, Michael Cyril Creighton, Sam Gonzalez, Ken Barnett, David Ryan Smith, Michael Mastro. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: Frank DiLella, Colin Hanlon, Satya Bhabha, Ken Barnett, Billy Carter
Back Row: Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggart, David Ryan Smith, Michael Cyril Creighton, Adam Kantor, Michael Urie, Arnie Burton, Sam Gonzales, John Benjamin Hickey, Alton Alburo, Michael Mastro, Ryan Haddad, Lance Roberts, Jordan E. Cooper, Stephen DeRosa, Ned Riseley. Photo by Lia Chang
Back Row: David Turner, Dominic Colon, Ricardo Davila, James Cusati Moyer, David Ryan Smith, Adam Cantor, Michael Urie, Sam Gonzalez, Alton Alburo, Michael Mastro, Ryan Haddad, Jordan Cooper, Lance Roberts.
Middle Row: Thomas Jay Ryan, Everett Quinton, André De Shields, Murray Hill, Randy Harrison, Larry Powell, Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggart, Michael Cyril Creighton, Stephen Spinella, John Benjamin Hickey, Stephen DeRosa, Ned Riseley, Calvin Leon Smith, Kevin Chamberlin
Front Row: Tom Deckman, Will Blum, Arnie Burton, Jose Llana, Frank DiLella, Colin Hanlon, Satya Bhabha, Ken Barnett, Billy Carter, Marc Vietor, Mark Nelson, Daniel Butler, Dylan Guerra. Photo by Lia Chang
Back Row: David Turner, Dominic Colon, Ricardo Davila, James Cusati Moyer, David Ryan Smith, Adam Cantor, Michael Urie, Sam Gonzalez, Alton Alburo, Michael Mastro, Ryan Haddad, Jordan Cooper, Lance Roberts.
Middle Row: Thomas Jay Ryan, Everett Quinton, André De Shields, Murray Hill, Randy Harrison, Larry Powell, Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggart, Michael Cyril Creighton, Stephen Spinella, John Benjamin Hickey, Stephen DeRosa, Ned Riseley, Calvin Leon Smith, Kevin Chamberlin
Front Row: Tom Deckman, Will Blum, Arnie Burton, Jose Llana, Frank DiLella, Colin Hanlon, Satya Bhabha, Ken Barnett, Billy Carter, Marc Vietor, Mark Nelson, Daniel Butler, Dylan Guerra. Photo by Lia Chang

Terrence McNally is the 2019 recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. McNally has had a remarkably far-ranging career, including at least one new work on Broadway in each of the last six decades.

Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy. Photo by Lia Chang

A revival of his play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon is currently on Broadway. In 2018 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts, including “Andre’s Mother,” for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards from the Dramatists Guild. In 1996 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. Other plays include Mothers and Sons; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Lisbon Traviata; A Perfect Ganesh; The Visit; The Full Monty; Corpus Christi; Bad Habits; Next; The Ritz; Anastasia; It’s Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; and The Stendhal Syndrome. Click here to learn more about his new documentary, Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life.

Below is his speech from the 2019 Tony Awards.

More than a dozen play readings from celebrated LGBTQIA voices were presented from June 20- 24 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, capturing the prideful spirit of the LGBTQIA community and celebrating 50 years of theatrical voices.

Set against the backdrop of World Pride and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Pride Plays hopes to be a reflection of the queer experience the community has braved in the years since its heroes took their stand.

The advisory committee for Pride Plays is Chay Yew, Moises Kaufman, Lucy Thurber, Sam Hunter, Lisa Scheps, Michael Sheppard, Miranda Haymon, and Ted Snowdon. Calleri Casting is the casting office for Pride Plays.

Terrence McNally, Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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