Torch Song Trilogy

9/4/2013 - 10/20/2013


Arnold Beckoff comes by his blues honestly; he knows what it is to long for love. Tired of trawling New York’s gay bar backrooms, and armed with fierce humor, Arnold faces commitment-shy men, a hostile world, and his formidable mother as he tries to find a family on his own terms. With biting wit and startling poignancy, Torch Song Trilogy illuminates a defiant romantic’s fight for intimacy and respect. First performed in 1981, Harvey Fierstein’s bittersweet comedy resonates with today’s questions about marriage, family, and self-acceptance in the gay community and beyond.

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During the 2013-14 Season, Studio is partnering with national and local non-profits whose missions connect with the content of our productions. Studio’s partners for Torch Song Trilogy are Human Rights Campaign, SMYAL, and Bishop Gene Robinson.

Torch Song Trilogy is underwritten by
Stanley and Rosemary Marcuss.


The Artists

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Production Team


James Noone

James Noone returns to Studio Theatre, where he previously designed sets for The Habit of Art and The Real Thing. Mr. Noone has been a scenic designer in New York since 1983 and a member of USA Local 829 since 1986. He has worked for some of New York’s most prestigious theatre companies, including Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theater, and Roundabout Theatre Company. Off Broadway, he designed the original productions of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women, and the long-running solo shows Full Gallop and Fully Committed. Other Off Broadway shows include Cowgirls and Breaking Legs, the original production and recent revival of A Bronx Tale, the first revival of The Boys in the Band, and the musical Ruthless. Broadway productions include Jekyll and Hyde, A Class Act (Tony nomination, Best Musical), and multiple productions for Tony Randall’s National Actors Theatre. He has been head of the Scenic Design Department at Boston University’s School of Theatre since 2001. Mr. Noone’s awards include the Drama Desk (multiple nominations), American Theatre Wing Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, and the LA Ovation Award.

(As of September 2013)


Peter West

Peter West returns to Studio Theatre, where he previously designed Torch Song Trilogy and Superior Donuts. His recent designs include The Importance of Being Earnest with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Zero Cost House with Pig Iron Theatre Company, and The Mystery of Irma Vep at Red Bull Theater. His work has been seen throughout the United States and in Europe, Japan, and South America in theatres such as the Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Spoleto Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Geva Theatre Center, The Barbican, Denver Center Theatre Company, the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and the American Dance Festival. He has designed more than 40 productions for the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and has been an adjunct lecturer at Williams College and Brooklyn College. Mr. West is an artistic associate of Red Bull Theater.


Frank Labovitz

Frank Labovitz returns to Studio Theatre where he has previously designed Wig Out!, having previously designed Cloud 9, Silence! the Musical, Laugh, Torch Song Trilogy, and Dirt. His other design credits include The Threepenny Opera and Dreamgirls for Signature Theatre, NSFW and Ordinary Days for Round House Theatre, Guards at the Taj and The Totalitarians for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and The Tale of The Allergist's Wife and The Religion Thing for Theater J. Mr. Labovitz is a company member of Pointless Theatre, where his designs include Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana and Doctor Caligari. Mr. Labovitz received his MFA in costume design from The University of Maryland.

(As of April 2018)


Eric Shimelonis

Eric Shimelonis' Studio Theatre productions include Between Riverside and Crazy,The Year of Magical Thinking, Stoop Stories, In the Red and Brown Water, An Iliad, Time Stands Still, The Motherfucker with the Hat, and Torch Song Trilogy.  Other recent productions include The Night Alive at Round House Theatre, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Folger Theatre, and Marie Antoinette at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for which he received a 2015 Helen Hayes Award nomination.  Mr. Shimelonis is the recipient of a 2014 Helen Hayes Award for outstanding sound design for his work on Never the Sinner at 1st Stage.

(As of January 2016)


Adrian Rooney

Adrian Rooney is in his third season as Master Electrician/Sound Technician at Studio Theatre. Recent lighting design credits include Celebration of Flight with IBEX Puppetry at Rhode Island School of Design and Miss Richfield: 1981 at Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia. Mr. Rooney's upcoming projects include lighting design for Edgar & Annabel at Studio 2ndStage.

(As of September 2013)


Stuart Howard and Paul Hardt

Stuart Howard and Paul Hardt have cast musicals and plays on and Off Broadway, around the United States, and in London, Canada, and France. Mr. Howard and Mr. Hardt previously cast the Studio Theatre productions of The Habit of Art and The Real Thing.

(As of September 2013)


John Keith Hall

John Keith Hall's DC credits include many productions at Studio Theatre including Bad Jews, Choir Boy, Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, Torch Song Trilogy, 4000 Miles, Sucker Punch, In The Red And Brown Water, The History Boys, Adding Machine: A Musical, and The Road To Mecca; Hir, The Nether, and An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Soon, SCKBSTD, and West Side Story at Signature Theatre; Sweeney Todd, Mary Poppins, and The Producers at Olney Theatre Center.  Regional credits include several seasons as a Resident Stage Manager at The Barter Theatre in Virginia where he supervised over 40 productions, Shadowland Stages in New York, and Virginia Musical Theatre in Virginia Beach. A graduate of Virginia’s Longwood University, Mr. Hall is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

(As of September 2017)


Elizabeth Dinkova

Elizabeth Dinkova is the Artistic Apprentice at Studio Theatre, where she has assistant directed Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, The Apple Family Plays, and Torch Song Trilogy. She graduated from Reed College with a BA in theatre and psychology in 2013. While at Reed, she directed many productions, including King Lear, The Suede Jacket, and The Balance. She also directed Female Kingdom at the Bulgarian Theatre in Seattle and the new play Intertwined at Sfumato Theatre’s Small Season Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Other assistant directing credits include The Bacchae for Kim Wield and Hamlet for Javor Gardev at the Ivan Vazov Bulgarian National Theatre. Ms. Dinkova will begin pursuing her MFA in directing at the Yale School of Drama this fall.

(As of May 2014)


I say unto you that henceforward, the program of every new production of Torch Song Trilogy should contain the words ‘Brandon Arnold Beckoff for all (theater) seasons.
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