Code for homosexual in the 1950s, “temperamental” was part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate. In its second show of its 2011/2012 season, Vancouver’s Fighting Chance Productions explores being gay in the 50s as it presents The Temperamentals, chronicling the story of two founding members of the Mattachine Society, one of the earliest gay organizations in the United States.
With a history of showcasing GLBT theatre over the years, Fighting Chance Productions’ Artistic Director Ryan Mooney said: “The Temperamentals is without a doubt one of the most humourous and touching scripts I have read in a long time”.
First produced in 2009 and opening off-Broadway in 2010, The Temperamentals received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Cast that same year. Given the tagline “Mad Men Meets Milk”, The Temperamentals will be a must for anyone that likes a bit of history with their theatre.
But before the men of The Temperamentals take to the stage in November, Fighting Chance Productions begins its season in early October with its bread and butter … a musical. This year’s opener is A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, what Time magazine once called “a good, clean, dirty show”.
“This is one of the funniest musicals ever written,” said Mooney, “and we’ve already filled some of the roles with some of the funniest musical theatre performers in Vancouver …. including myself.”
Also included in the 2011/2012 season are three other musicals: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which allows the audience each night to choose the solution to the mystery; Grey Gardens based on the award-winning documentary; and Neil Simon’s Sweet Charity.
Speaking of his choices for the upcoming season, Mooney likens it mixing the perfect cocktail: “It’s a delicate balance. All the right parts have to be there, in the right order. We’ve mixed together a season cocktail that is powerfully touching, mysteriously sexy and hysterically perfect.”
Visit http://fightingchanceproductions.ca for tickets and information.