The Boys in the Band
by Mart Crowley
Rated R for language and adult themes
November 9 & 16 @ 7:30 pm
November 10, 11, 17 & 18 @ 8:00p
November 12 & 19 @ 2:30p
ALT Adventure Space
2751 Civic Circle Amarillo, Texas 79109
“Wildly entertaining… One of the few plays that honestly helped spark a social revolution.”
It is 1968 and a birthday party is about to unfold in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. A diverse group of close
friends will gather to celebrate. After the drinks are poured and the music is turned up, the celebration gets interrupted by a surprise guest. As the evening wears on, a game of “Truth” exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. Hidden truths, long-held secrets, and the struggles they face in a society that stigmatizes the gay experience become exposed. Through sharp wit and raw emotion, this thought-provoking play by Mart Crowley provides a powerful exploration of self-acceptance, friendship, and the enduring quest for authenticity.
ALT assembled a talented cast that brought this exploration of friendship, identity, and the struggles faced by gay men in the
late 1960s to life. The exceptional ensemble cast included Joshua Gibson-Roark as Michael, Sean Jones as Donald, Colton Harada as Emory, Dakota Warren as Larry, Duffy Tidwell as Hank, Joel Miller as Bernard, Jonathan Mobley as Alan, Joey Sorenson as Cowboy and Ben Burke as Harold. This groundbreaking play iwas directed by Jason Crespin. Kota McDaniel served as Assistant to the Director and Daniel Thompson and Saturn Horton served as Production Assistants.
A true theatrical game-changer, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution by putting gay men’s lives onstage, unapologetically and without judgement, in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them. This Tony Award winning play shattered barriers when it premiered off-Broadway in 1968 and still resonates with audiences today.