When Larry Kramer passed away three weeks ago, it broke my heart. Being the creator of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, there’s no question that Larry was a formative father figure to me. His passion, anger and activism has informed the course of my entire adult life.
As LGBTQ Pride’s across the nation join hands this month with Black Lives Matter, I can feel Larry’s powerful vision for universal justice pounding my heart. In joining forces, we are marching toward our shared destination of unequivocal equality. In honoring our commitment to Black Lives Matter, Gay Pride Month and legacy of Larry Kramer, the Provincetown Theater is hosting a very special virtual event to energize the kind of activism Mr. Kramer inspired.
For one night only — on Sunday, June 28 at 7pm — we’ll be premiering the first-ever streaming of my all-star adaptation of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.
The idea to adapt it as a multi-actor piece was born in 2013 as a way to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Since the play is about community, I decided to adapt it for one – with a cast of 12 openly gay actors. And because the 7 monologues that shape the arc of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me are about shared queer experiences during the height of the AIDS crisis, I saw it as an opportunity to give back to my community by presenting the play as a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. I was very proud that this one night event raised over $66K for them.
Now, thanks to the generosity of BC/EFA, we’ve been granted permission to stream the archival video of that performance to celebrate Larry and the importance of activism in changing our world.
Beautifully shot, the show, directed by Tony nominee Robert La Fosse, weaves the various stories in the play with performances by Tony Award winners BD Wong (M. Butterfly) and Andre de Shields (Hadestown, Ain’t Misbehavin’), plus 3-time Tony nominee Robin de Jesus (In the Heights, Boys in the Band), Tony-nominated star Rory O’Malley (Book of Mormon), Anthony Rapp (Rent, TV’s Star Trek: Discovery), Claybourne Elder (Sunday in the Park with George, Company), Wesley Taylor (TV’s Smash), Chad Ryan (Chicago premiere of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me), and Provincetown Theater alums Aaron Tone (Our Town,Bear City 2), Donald C. Shorter Jr. (La Cage, 4-Star Solo Show Festival) and Brandon Cordeiro (Ribbons, TV’s Transparent). Oh… and yours truly!
So mark your calendars for Sunday, June 28 at 7pm to see this one-time-only streaming of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me on our website and YouTube channel free-of-charge. Naturally, donations are greatly appreciated. Indeed it really is thanks to your continuous love and support that we’ve been able to keep paying our bills during these tumultuous times. And, of course, to continue producing more vital, unique and surprising virtual programming for you until the day when we can all safely gather together again under one roof at that little playhouse on Bradford Street in Provincetown that I call home.
See you at the show!