Sunday, March 20, 2011

Armistead Banned From Bathroom

Armistead Banned From Bathroom

Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin and his husband, Chris Turner, were denied use of the restroom in a bar in Alice Springs, Australia, last week by a staff member who told them the facility was “reserved for real men.”ABC News Australia reports on the incident that occurred when the men entered Bojangles Saloon to have lunch.“According to Mr Maupin, they were told to take a seat, after which Mr Maupin's husband Chris asked if he could use a rest room.“‘The guy said, 'sorry, we don't have one in here but you can go across the street to the public facility.’“Mr Maupin, who had used the toilet in Bojangles the day before, said he pointed in the direction of the toilet and said 'what's that over there?'“‘[The barman] gave me a very pointed look and said that's reserved for 'real men'," said Mr Maupin.”Maupin and Turner promptly left the saloon and filed a complaint with the Visitor Information Centre. Maupin said they received a response within a day from the tourism office, which conveyed that the owner of Bojangles extended his apologies. The author posted an account of the incident on his Facebook page and said the reaction of support from people all over Australia has been “quite extraordinary.”
On Thursday morning, Maupin posted the following statement on Facebook: "Just to be clear: There are no apologies necessary from either Alice Springs or Australia. I've never felt more welcomed by a country. This was a lone gunman, and we just handed him his balls on a platter. It's over."

Friday, March 4, 2011

The GOLDEN GAYS not to be missed

Donna Pieroni *has performed in over 300 TV, Feature Films, Plays and Commercials. Some favorite work includes: the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at The Production Company’s Chandler Studio Theatre (for which she was nominated for a Back Stage Garland Award as Best Performance in a Musical),and Showtime’s popular hit series Dexter and Weeds. Other favorites include: CSI:NY, Medium, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Cold Case, ER, The Shield, Jawbreaker, Night Train, Open Window, Edward Scissorhands, the upcoming feature films: The Apocalypse According To Doris and Boy Toy and Married With Children in the role of Sandy. She has performed at such theatres as: The Ahmanson in Dead End with Jeremy Sisto, The Celebration Theatre in The Children’s Hour in the wonderful role of Lilly Mortar, The Odyssey Theatre in to many productions to mention as well as The Body Politic Theatre in Chicago from where she hails! Some favorite roles include: Lady in Orpheus Descending and the title role of Salome in a VERY artistic midnight production of the same. Her travels as a performer have taken her all the way from Argentina (Capital One commercial) to Florida to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. She holds a BA from Columbia College and MFA studies were at IL. State University. She is a proud member of SAG, EQUITY and AFTRA.

Marc Segal (Sam/Sophia) has been acting since the age of 9. He started professionally 25 years ago appearing on television, film andseveral national commercials. He has been married to the same woman for the last 29 years and has three children: Sean and David (the twins) and his daughter Amy. Marc has been teaching acting and improvisation to teens for the past 25 years and has directed over 60 productions. He is grateful to the producers for giving him this opportunity to explore his female side and hopes you enjoy his/her work. God bless Estelle Getty!

Guy Windsor - hailing from the great state of Tennessee, Guy is proud to be making his second Los Angeles stage appearance with WideStance having appeared as Peggy Bundy in this fall's Fairies with Children. His credits include appearances on Diagnosis X (TLC), Las Vegas (NBC), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), the feature films Spring Breakdown, More Money More Family and the award winning short film Loser of Laurel Canyon. His theatrical credits include Annie (Rooster), Bus Stop (Bo), Godspell (Jeffrey), Wizard of Oz (TinMan), Barnum (RingMaster), and tours with The Grand Illusion Magic Show and Walt Disney Entertainment. While pursuing his acting career, Guy moonlights at Universal Studios in the Entertainment Department and operates his own design company specializing in holiday displays for homes and businesses. Guy's hope for the run of this show is that he makes people laugh, makes people think and that he doesn't get used to the slenderizing look of a girdle and painted nails.

Kevin Fabian was born in New Jersey (insert joke here). TV: General Hospital, The Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Will & Grace, Young and the Restless, Boston Public, and the pilots Paparazzi, As Seen On TV, Molly Marcy. The Web: I.T.’s a Living, Inappropriate Workplace, HBO Voyeur. Film: Brotherly, An American Vampire in America, Out at the Wedding, Our Little Science Story. Theatres: Circle X Theatre Co. Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, The Old Globe in San Diego and Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. Commercials: Cheetos, Marshals, Pepsi, Miller Highlife, Apple, Microsoft, ING. Kevin has a BFA from Montclair University and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. Kevin will be appearing later this month (1/31) as Barry Greenfield on Chuck.

BRIAN ROHAN (Damian/Dorothy) Theatrically, Brian has workedat the Laguna Playhouse, Company of Angels, the Ark, the Knightsbridge, and the Pasadena Shakespeare Company. He starred in the Beverly Hills P.S.A.s "It's a Wonderful City" (as the Jimmy Stewart character. Local Emmy nominee) and "Do You Know C.P.R.?" (local Emmy winner). On screen, he has starred in the multi-award winning horror films "Criticized" (19 Festival Awards including Best Actor) and "The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon". Besides 14 Festival Awards, the latter film has become a genuine sensation on Youtube, becoming the #6 (as of this writing) "Top Favorited" video of all time in a short period of time. Special thanks to Mark and Chey!

Nick Denning (Mario) hales from the island town of Shelter Island, NY. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in NYC. Off Broadway credits: "Fools in Love" & "Tempest Tossed Fools" (Shakespeare re-imagined for children) at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, and a limited run at BAM. Stared as "Crow" in the final run of Sam Shepard's "The Tooth of Crime" at La MaMa's Annex Theater. Since moving to Los Angeles the end of 2007, Nick has stared in pilots and festival awarded film projects. He was a company member of Circus Theatricals Ensemble, doing two shows in rep last season. Nick is thrilled and grateful to be working with such a hilarious cast.
Sean Riley’s recent years have been spent coaching/teaching young actors in their
pursuit of fame in Hollywood. He has also been working in front of and behind the scenes on various film a
stage production. Including Assistant Directing/Stage Managing Sylvia! and Snakebit at the Meta- theatre. He has done this while continuing to perform in productions including George M!, Singing in the Rain, On the Town, Crazy for You, Showboat, Some Like it Hot …and a few others with Fullerton CLO... Oklahoma!, Anything Goes, She Loves Me!, Guys and Dolls …and many others
regionally. He also toured nationally and internationally with the BYU Dancers’ Company... Sean wishes to give his many thanks to family and friends for their love and support. He also wants to
especially thank WideStance, for giving him this great opportunity to work with this exceptional

Carlos Castro attended the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach. He was instrumental in getting our previous run of The Golden gays off the ground. In addition to providing much of the visual artistryfor the show, Carlos does everything from props to sound design. Chances are Carlos has had his hands in any aspect of the show you enjoy.
Jim Thomas Mora is super excited to be working on another wonderful and fun project. Jim was inspired to join forces with John and his DP Carlos after seeing ‘Cell Phone Funeral. Fro
m that moment Jim, John and Carlos have been working hard together to come up with great performance pieces. Golden Gays turned out to be an amazing show, a great time and went a lot further then Jim ever imagined. Jim has been in theatre for the last 14 years, and has the great honor to work with such awesome companies as The Pasadena Playhouse, Carnival Cruise Lines, McCory Rigby Entertainment, and Musical Theatre West. His duties range from Technical Director, Set Designer, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Stage Manager, Asst. Stage Manager, Prop Master and Crew Chief. Jim’s favorite Musicals are ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Hair Spray’, ‘Annie’, and ‘Dream Girls’.

Laura Coe is a professional theatre technician. Since graduating from UC Davis with a BA in Technical Theatre, she has been working in various theatres in Sacramento. Favorite jobs included Stage Manager/Sound tech for Suspects Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Assistant Stage Manager for Sacramento Theatre Company and Wardrobe Stitcher for Music Circus. Since moving to LA in
2009 Laura has worked as 2nd AD/Production Designer on the web series We Are With The Band,
stage managed a show at REDCAT, and stitched for the TV show EagleHeart.
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