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The Temperamentals
     

The Temperamentals

by Jon Marans
 

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"Temperamental" was code for "homosexual" in the early 1950s, part of a secret language gay men used to communicate. The Temperamentals, Jon Marans' hit off-Broadway play, tells the story of two men--the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich--as they fall in love while building the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights

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"Temperamental" was code for "homosexual" in the early 1950s, part of a secret language gay men used to communicate. The Temperamentals, Jon Marans' hit off-Broadway play, tells the story of two men--the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich--as they fall in love while building the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights organization in the pre-Stonewall United States. This special edition includes Marans' script and production photos from the off-Broadway production of the play, along with a foreword by actor Michael Urie; an introduction by activist David Mixner; a look at Gernreich's fashion career by journalist Joel Nikolaou; and an afterword on Harry Hay by journalist Michael Bronski.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Andy Webster
“Gay activism didn’t start with the Stonewall riots of 1969, a fact made abundantly clear in the informative and evocative play The Temperamentals by Jon Marans.... The Temperamentals succeeds at conveying an era when only a few brave men dared announce their sexual identity before a society that vilified them... Intellectual, emotional and sexual.”
Bookmarks - Richard Labonte
“Old-school theatrical storytelling meets gay liberation history in Marans’ off-Broadway play, based with emotional veracity, campy humor and provocative sexiness on the lives of the Mattachine pioneers who founded the first gay-rights organization in pre-Stonewall America. Not every play translates well to the printed page, but Temperamentals–code for homosexual in the 1950s, it seems–reads like a good short story.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984470792
Publisher:
Chelsea Station Editions
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jon Marans is the author of Old Wicked Songs, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, The Temperamentals, A Strange and Separate People, A Girl Scout World, Jumping For Joy, Legacy of the Dragonslayers, and Irrationals.

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