Play: Making Porn
Playwright: Ronnie Larsen
Story: Set in San Francisco in the early 1980s, Making Porn, focuses on the lives of six people involved in the gay pornography industry. Jack Hawk, a straight, out-of-work actor is hired by gay porn producer, Arthur Mack, to star in his newest porn movie entitled, Cops. Included in the films cast are Ray Tanner, a jaded porn star of 70 films and a bright, young new-commer named Ricky. Complications arise when Jacks wife, Linda, finds out about her husbands new career and Arthur's lover, Jamie, falls in love with one of the actors.
Length: 2 hours - 1 Intermission
Jack Hawk, Linda, Arthur Mack, Ray Tanner, Jamie, Ricky
History: Making Porn had it's world premiere in Chicago in July of 1995 at the Theatre Building. The original title was supposed to be "Six People Making Porn". The first production featured no porn stars. The actors were paid 50 dollars a piece for the entire run. There was no money for advertising. There was no advance press or publicity. The poster was done at Kinkos for 11 cents a copy. A cheap, photocopied, black and white poster was plastered all over the city with the image above of Eric Jirak as Jack Hawk.
The first preview was sold-out. The reviews were horrible. More sold-out shows. Everytime a bad review came out our ticket advance grew. More performances were added. Then it went to LA...then Palm Springs...San Diego and eventually in 1996...New York. The week before the show opened Off-Broadway at the Actors Playhouse there was no advance at the box office and the landlords considered posting a 4 week notice before the show even opened...then, 500 Performances Off-Broadway!
Produced Cities: Every major city in America and some cities multiple times. Also, Italy, Australia and Canada.
ORIGINAL CAST-LOS ANGELES
ORIGINAL CAST-NEW YORK/OFF-BROADWAY
Audio Description: http://ronnielarsen.com/m/sounds/view/RLAudio-Making-Porn-Discussion
Video: No video is available at this time.
"Uninhibited comedy! Street level exuberance!" New York Times
"Porn is good dirty fun." Backstage
"Deftly chisels a tale of desire and power." SF Weekly
"Hilarious crowd-pleaser...unexpected poignancy." Variety
"A delicious and daffy look at the x-rated movie business." Boston Globe
"Delightful, funny, poignant, cleverly written, well directed, and impressively acted." SF Bay Times
"Making Porn is made well…light and comic, even tender." Chicago Sun-Times
"Two quick hours of wrenching laughs." Detroit Free Press
"Hilarious writing…Larsen’s script is cutting and bright." Washington Blade
"Wicked humor and touching performances." Pittsburgh Tribune
"Unequivocally the best new gay play we’ve seen in a long time." Dramalogue
"Witty humor, satiric sex simulations, and unexpected tenderness." Next Magazine
"A fascinating combination of sleaze and sentimentality...Remarkable." LA Weekly
"Smash hit! Delivers all the entertainment gay theatre should give." Gay and Lesbian Times
Licensing Availability: Yes, the show is available for licensing and co-productions.
Future: There are many places we are still hoping to bring the play in the future.
Royalty Information: Write us for details.