by Jon Marans
A Table Reading
Monday, March 31
(at the Library Company of Philadelphia)
(at William Way LGBT Community Center)
RSVP online or call 215-546-3181
Reception at the Library Company with an opportunity to view the exhibition "That's So Gay: Outing Early America," followed by a table reading of The Temperamentals, Jon Marans's play about the life of gay activist Harry Hay (1912-2002) and the early history of the Mattachine Society, one of the first organizations in the United States dedicated to gay rights. The reading, which will be held at the William Way LGBT Community Center, is a reprise of the 2012 production of the play by the Mauckingbird Theatre Company, a professional theater company dedicated to bringing gay-themed theater to Philadelphia audiences. Set against a backdrop of intolerance at the height of early-1950s McCarthyism, The Temperamentals focuses on the romantic relationship between avowed communist Harry Hay (played by Matt Tallman) and Viennese refugee and fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (played by John Jarboe). The play won a 2012 Stonewall Book Award.