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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A chronicle of struggle that heals and strengthens.
Playwright Harvey Fierstein penned a stirring author’s note to the piece that became the first gay-themed play to go on to mainstream commercial success.Read More
In 1977, Harvey Fierstein embarked on a whirlwind romance that unraveled almost as quickly as it began. As the inevitable split approached, he inadvertently tried to heighten the break-up’s theatricality: “Even during the last four-hour phone call, I’d keep thinking. ‘Hmmm, that’s good—better write that down,’” he recalls. “But I didn’t understand what was happening at the time, and there I was: no job, no money, and now no lover.” He sank into a deep depression, until a therapist friend told him he could “kill himself, or write a play about it.” That night, Fierstein started to write the first act of what would become Torch Song Trilogy.Read More
Go behind the scenes of Torch Song Trilogy with Rachel Zucker, Studio’s Stage Management Apprentice, as she talks about backstage life, working with director Michael Kahn, and why the crew nicknamed one tricky scene transition after a Harry Potter character.Read More