R. Eric Thomas
R. Eric Thomas is a local playwright, “dramedian,” and creative writer who still makes time to work at the William Way Center. We got to talk with the renaissance man on what inspires his various talents and what it’s like to go viral online.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I don’t know where to start. That’s not true. Yes, I do. I’m working with a life coach to get better at owning my power. And by that I mean I follow a lot of inspirational Instagrams. Okay, it’s just two inspirational Instagrams. And a lot of thirst traps. Anyway, I’m a lot of things right now: Read more »
The Philly Dyke March is celebrating its 19th annual gathering, march and rally.
15th Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
June 9th-11th, 2016
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; all ages.
Hosting one of the most prolific trans health conferences in the world, the Mazzoni Center is helping to put on three full days of programming focused on the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as their families, friends, allies and providers. Read more »
“Time Is on Our Side,” a new play by R. Eric Thomas.
World Premiere: “Time Is on Our Side”
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 1512 Spruce Street; all ages.
Local playwright R. Eric Thomas debuts a new play that creatively transcends LGBTQ history and pop culture with a smart and humorous cast. Starring Brandi Burgess, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Kristen Norine, and Ryan Walter. Tickets Read more »
It was an interesting juxtaposition at last evening’s reading of R. Eric Thomas‘ newest play Time Is On Our Side at the William Way Center; A portion of the script’s plot involves the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and the auditorium where the reading took place was quite literally lined from floor to ceiling with actual patches from the quilt currently on display for World AIDS Day. Time Is On Our Side features many familiar elements of the Philly Gayborhood, including references to Tavern on Camac, Brian Sims, Chris Bartlett, and plenty of other gems. The full play is scheduled to be staged in 2016 at Simpatico Theatre Project. Last evening’s festivities was presented by PlayPenn, Philly’s professional new play development program, and featured Brandi Burgess, Kristen Norine, James Ijames, and David Bardeen playing lead roles in the Jarrod Markman directed reading. Check out our previous interview with the playwright, R. Eric Thomas, to learn more about the play and the workshop process.
R. Eric Thomas
R. Eric Thomas wears a lot of hats: He’s the Program Director at the William Way Community Center, an award-winning storyteller, playwright, and Oprah fanatic. Therefore, it seems almost natural that Thomas would compose his newest fictional work about a group of Philly-based podcasters who explore the city’s LGBTQ history while uncovering a salacious secret.
The play, Time Is On Our Side, will get a full staging in June 2016 with Simpatico Theatre Project, but for those who can’t quite wait that long, no worries: PlayPenn, Philadelphia’s professional new play development organization, will be offering a free reading of the work next Monday, December 7th at the William Way Center starting at 6:30 pm. The reading cast features a host of notable actors, including Brandi Burgess, Kristen Norine, James Ijames, and David Bardeen. We sat down with Thomas to talk about his work, what inspires him, and what we can expect to see from him next.
Tell me more about what inspired you to write this work. A couple of things actually—The “Pride and Progress” mural on the side of the [William Way] Center, which depicts a Gay Pride celebration that spans decades and begins with the Annual Reminder protests; the podcast Serial, which tells a terrifically engrossing true-life mystery while ruminating on the nature of storytelling; the podcast Throwing Shade, which hilariously comments on modern social justice issues; and the rumor that the basement of Tavern on Camac used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad. Read more »
David Norse, who you may also know as the first openly gay Presbyterian minister to be ordained in Philadelphia, won a story slam hosted by national storytelling podcast The Moth Monday night at World Cafe Live. Even better? He won with his coming-out story. He explains the experience:
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If you’re a vegetarian, like me, you don’t really look forward to the centerpiece on the big ole’ Turkey Day meal (but, I’d be willing to bet that you do overload on mashed potatoes and that green bean casserole thingie). Instead, you’re plotting out your Thanksgiving week, which is notorious for parties, events, and festivities that you simply can’t pass up (just like that cranberry sauce in a can). We here at G Philly came up with our best bets of everything going on in gay Philly during the week of Thanksgiving, broken up in a day-by-day, easy to follow guide. Consider it your recipe for a holiday well-done. Read more »
Photo by Jay Olson.
Standup dramedian R. Eric Thomas is bringing his smash hit, one-man rom-com, Always the Bridesmaid, back to the stage. Thomas, known for hosting acclaimed storytelling series The Moth and for previous sell-out runs like Will You Accept This Friend Request?, gives his take on dating disasters, love, and the notion of marriage in an age and state where gay people can actually get married now. Delving into the religious and individual views on marriage and what it means to the gay community, Thomas’s show will make you think, yes, but most importantly it’ll make you LOL.
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Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: prolific local party producer Josh Schonewolf, who’s soon taking his popular Gayborhood singing competition Songbird to New York City for a 14-week run.
My hometown hero. Brian Sims is not only physically handsome, he's always so captivating and a true leader of our community. I find him really inspiring, and always a joy to run into. He's such an important figure in Pennsylvania's LGBTQ community. I am honored to stand behind him. Brian is everything that I like about a man: strong, confident, and easy to talk to.
So excited to be running Philly Beauty Ball with Rick in a few weeks. I love this guy, and he really cares about his community. If there was a Mount Rushmore of Gayborhood people, his smiling face would have a spot for sure.
He hosts a lot of my events, and that's with great pleasure. Eric recently sold out his Gay Fest! one-man-show, Always the Bridesmaid (which returns to Philly October 7th and 12th), and I was zero-percent surprised. I admire him for so many reasons. He is truly a voice that needs to be heard—at all times. And that is why I'm happy to hand over the the mic—whenever I can—to R. Eric Thomas, the Best Host in the Gayborhood.
Tim is going to make some lucky dude very happy one day, as he makes everyone around him very happy just by being Tim Adams. Tim is such a hard worker for our community, and he has become an awesome friend to me, too. Mr. Adams is relatable, hilarious and always the life of the party. The next time he walks into a room, get that man a drink.
Back in the day when I was starting my first weekly event, Ratchet Wednesday, I knew I needed a mind-blowing talent to DJ. Nearly two years later, Javas has become my righthand man. His talent is limitless, and there's no end in sight for our nightlife union. Javas and I are welcoming our brand new child, S.O.S., into the world on November 2nd at Stir.
My true love. I met Danny seven months ago, by bidding on him at a bachelor auction at Woody's. A few Jameson shots later, I made a bid on him. After losing the bid, I ended up meeting Danny later on that evening, and we hit it off so hardcore and organically. Sometimes we just have to accept what life holds in store for us, and Danny and I were meant to be together. He's as beautiful as he is perfect in every way possible. And just seven months in, I am 100 percent sure I found my Happily Ever After.
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