For its wide selection of musical performances and its focus on body positivity, this week’s LGBTQ Event of the Week is Landon Blake and John Burd’s Can I Get a Side of Nug-It With That? Billed as serving audience members “sexy, hilarious boylesque, drag, and burlesque,” it’s no wonder the showcase has thrived over the years. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 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:
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 »
6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Where to Watch American Horror Story: Freak Show, New Quizzo Night at Tabu, Kinky Boots at Dilworth Park and More
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.