A boozy fun weekend at the beach is in store when comedy writer James Walker invites actor friend Jay Mulch, along with legendary British movie diva Charlotte Christian to debut “The Extinction of Fireflies”, Walker’s latest play inspired by the romance of Roman Emperor Hadrian and his boy lover, Antinous. But when Jay brings along his younger Greek lover, the feedback is spectacular.
James Andrew Walsh’s new comedy stars multi-award winner Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty,” Buyer & Cellar, Torch Song), Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow, Follies), Drew Droege (“Bob’s Burgers,” Bright Colors and Bold Patterns) and Kario Marcel (“Chicago Fire,” “Broad City”).
(Running Time 85 minutes)
Set in idyllic Weekapaug, Rhode Island over Labor Day Weekend, “Jimmy and Carolyn” centers on the deviant Walker clan. Patriarch Jimmy, a retired auto body repairman recently diagnosed with bladder cancer, and his wife Carolyn, a former homemaker, drive from Florida to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son, James, and his life partner of seventeen years, William, a landscaper from Costa Rica. Once the pepperoni loaf and Italian cookies have been eaten, all the cigarettes smoked, and the Pinot Grigio drunk, darker truths are revealed, as the Walkers struggle to make sense of their irreconcilable memories of the past and the painful choices they face moving forward.
After successful readings in Los Angeles and New York, “Jimmy and Carolyn” had its first developmental production at the Queens Theatre in New York City in September 2017, under the direction of Brooke Ciardelli with RSC veteran, Lisa Harrow, in the role of Carolyn. Additional committed casting includes: Frances Fisher, Gregory Harrison. fireflies extinction arts and entertainment
On January 3, 1882, Oscar Wilde arrived in New York City aboard the British ocean liner, SS Arizona. So began Wilde’s yearlong tour of North America. Over the next 300 days, the unpublished poet-writer saw more of North America than most modern day Presidential candidates. Wilde returned to London the following year a celebrity, but not just any celebrity: the very model for what we now call modern celebrity. He was famous merely for being famous. But the rules of self-promotion and manipulating the media he had pioneered in America did not make him invincible; they did the opposite. The culture of celebrity he brought to life rose up to take his—he believed his own hype.
“Oscar Wilde In America” explores where and how the tragic end of Oscar Wilde’s story began… in America.
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