PHOTOS: Time Is On Our Side Reading at William Way Center

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.

INTERVIEW: R. Eric Thomas on his Gayborhood-Inspired Play

R. Eric Thomas

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 »

Your Big Gay Guide to Thanksgiving Week in Philly

Thanksgiving Week

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 »

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets To See Always the Bridesmaid With R. Eric Thomas (CONTEST CLOSED)


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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Josh Schonewolf Presents … Man Crush Monday

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. 

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

Man Crush Monday: R. Eric Thomas

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, comedic storyteller, Philly Mag contributor, and star of the upcoming Always the Bridesmaid at L’Etage, R. Eric Thomas.

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

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The Soundtrack Series Comes to Philly, Features R. Eric Thomas and Dana Rossi

R. Eric Thomas

R. Eric Thomas‘s most definitive life moments can be summarized by the songs of Patti LaBelle and Beyonce.

If you personally know the comedic storyteller, this isn’t news.  However, when Thomas shares his fascination with “New Attitude” and “Get Me Bodied” with a room full of strangers, it’s, well, special.  Now Philadelphians will have the chance to discover what’s been billed as “the best rock and roll storytelling event in New York” by Flavorpill; The Soundtrack Series is coming to Tin Angel on July 11, and it’s hosts, the incomparable Dana Rossi and Philadelphia’s own Thomas, promise to make this one music-inspired night that’ll keep you laughing and entertained. Read more »

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