Play: A Few Gay Men
Playwright: Ronnie Larsen
Length: 90 minutes
ALLEN, 21 and HIV positive
BRIAN, a jock from a conservative family
FRANK, sees himself as an outsider
GABRIEL, recovering drug addict
INTERVIEWER, asks all the questions
JOE, young guy obsessed with sex
MICHAEL, a married Jewish man struggling with his sexuality
PATRICK, academic with a PHD
STEPHEN, a carefree young man
History: I interviewd gay men in New York City about their sex lives and edited it in to a play.
Produced Cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles
ORIGINAL CAST/SAN FRANCISCO
- Leon Acord played Patrick
- Brian Benston played Brian
- P.A. Cooley played Michael
- John Fisher played the Narrator
- Jeffrey Hartgraves played Frank
- Alan Quismorio played Allen
- Octavio Saez de Ibarra played Gabriel
- Jared Scott played Joe
- Aaron Wimmer played Stephen
CAST: LOS ANGELES
(cast went through changes and the role of Gabriel was cut)
- Seth Cutler played Michael
- Michael Haboush played Stephen
- Dean Howell played Brian
- Michael Kearns played Patrick
- Ronnie Larsen played Michael
- Ronnie Larsen played the Narrator
- Gabriel Macen played Allen
- Gabriel Macen played Joe
- Colin Martin played the Narrator
- Colin Martin played Joe
- Carlos Moreno Jr. played Allen
- Jonathan Mundale played Frank
- Corey Schaffer played Stephen
- Will Willoughby played Gabriel
Audio Description: http://ronnielarsen.com/m/sounds/view/A-Few-Gay-Men-Description-mp3
Video: There is currently no video but the San Francisco AIDS Foundation made a video of the show and edited it together and I never actually saw it but I was very flattered that they did it. I'd heard they were gonna use it as part of an AIDS prevention program because the script deals with safe sex and choices and risks and drugs...all those topics people aren't always honest about.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"A Few Gay Men" is reminiscent of the techniques of Anna Deavere Smith as filtered through the lens of Moises Kaufman ("The Laramie Project"). It explores some tough questions -- about AIDS, safe sex, gay misogyny, religious intolerance and a bracing variety of sexual practices -- with fascinating frankness.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Writer and director Ronnie Larsen likes to talk about sex. No shock if you're familiar with his "All-Male Peep Show" or "Making Porn." While in New York, he placed an ad in search of men to talk about sex and found 100 eager participants. These interviews are the basis of Larsen's new show, "A Few Gay Men"...The material is by turns intriguing, erotically charged and poignant. This isn't a show for the timid or homophobic. And if you're looking for gratuitous nudity, this isn't for you either. Sex acts are simulated, and a few shirts are doffed, but the men remained clothed--it's their sexual souls that are naked.
Somehow, Larsen got many in the audience to admit they had spent time in jail, and of the few women in the house, one confessed she had recently fellated her boyfriend. All of which lead into writer-director Larsen’s staged docudrama based on interviews with NYC gay men....and behind all the hot talk and posturing emerges a savage loneliness and yearning for connectedness that alternates between piquancy and poignancy."
"It's heartening to see Larsen spreading his wings so felicitously. In its finest moments, his labor of love lifts up and soars."citously. In its finest moments, his labor of love lifts up and soars."
Licensing Availability: Available for production, co-production and/or licensing.
Future: I'm hoping to produce this again and film it in the coming years.