Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-01-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

'Tales' producer discusses return to 28 Barbary Lane
by Matt Simonette
2019-06-05

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Producer Alan Poul, who is gay and is among the returning crew and cast for Netflix's Tales of the City revival, said that he's "thrilled" to return to Armistead Maupin's cast of characters at 28 Barbary Lane.

"What's happening—to be able to come back 25 years later, to complete something you started 25 years before—where we can get that kind of closure, is impossible in this industry to even dream about," said Poul, who is currently filming another unrelated Netflix series in Paris.

The new Tales of the City, which debuts on Netflix on June 7, follows Mary Ann Singleton ( Laura Linney ), Anna Madrigal ( Olympia Dukakis ) and other returning Tales characters, as well as myriad younger Bay Area residents, decades after Mary Ann made her monumental 1976 trip from Cleveland to San Francisco.

New cast members include openly trans actor Jen Richards, openly lesbian actor Ellen Page and Zosia Mamet.

The first three Tales books had been adapted in 1993, 1998 and 2001. Maupin had written several other Tales books, however, so the new production personnel faced numerous narrative logistics, Poul said.

"We had to figure out what stories we wanted to tell," Poul recalled. "Did we want to go back in time? Did we want to cover the other books that Armistead wrote, or did we want to move forward? Once we decided to move forward, we decided it was best to bring an entire younger generation of people to explore gender and sexual issues that younger people are exploring today."

All of the new Tales' staff writers are queer, Poul noted. Much of the material was drawn from Maupin's later books, and done with his participation, but Poul said, "We really created a new show."

The circumstances of the new series' production were substantially different from that of the original 1993 series. The original was produced by Channel 4 in the U.K. and was then acquired by PBS for U.S. broadcasts. That drew the ire of right-wing elements who at the time objected to the program's depiction of LGBT themes, nudity and drug use.

Poul called the original series "a love letter to San Francisco and a love letter to humanity," adding, "We only had kindness in our hearts, so to be met with such a vicious backlash took us by surprise."

Now, Poul joked, that first program could run on broadcast TV.

"Television has grown up since then," he said. "All layers of television, but especially premium cable and streaming, have become much more used to inclusive storytelling and grown-up storytelling. Additionally—and I hate to use the word 'cinematic'—television is now shot in way that isn't fundamentally different from how movies are shot. Everybody has widescreen TVs, so you're able to shoot with the same sweep, scope and attention to detail that you would if you are making a movie."

But the biggest difference between this new series and its predecessors is not inherent in how it was produced but in how it will be watched, he added.

"We're used to a show that would roll out once a week, or three nights in a row," Poul said. "With Netflix, all episodes will be available worldwide on June 7. So if people want to plow through them at once, they can. If they want to take a few months, they can do that too."

Cast and crew were very aware that "it's a new era in representation," he added. "We tried to be incredibly authentic in our representation of the LGBT community, and to be as inclusive of all kinds of diversity that we can. Armistead was very aware when he started writing the books that he was writing to a largely white gay world. That was still brave in 1976. But as the world changed, fortunately, being a white gay man isn't so 'daring' anymore."

Poul has had a long career in television and film, and is perhaps best known for his work on Six Feet Under; he stayed on that HBO series for its entire five-season run and called it his "most satisfying job." Other credits include The Newsroom and Westworld.

His newest project, The Eddy, on which he's collaborating with La La Land director Damien Chazelle, is a Netflix series set in a Parisian jazz club, and will likely air in 2020.

"It's very different from Tales of the City," Poul said. "...I've been developing the show for as long as Tales of the City—they both were five years in the making, and they just happened to go right at the same time, back to back," Poul said.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival Feb. 3-20 2020-01-23 - Underscore Theatre Company is presenting its sixth annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival—created to showcase and support the growing field of musical theatre creators ...


Gay News

Theater Spotlight on The Merry Widow 2020-01-22 - Glamorous young widow Hannah Glawari has all the money to save the bankrupt country of Pontevedro, but all she wants is a reunion ...


Gay News

Show examines life of Barbara Jordan 2020-01-22 - The life of the late lawyer, educator and politician Barbara Jordan will be examined in City Lit Theatre's Voice of Good Hope. Voice ...


Gay News

Nancy Pelosi play debuting Jan. 26 2020-01-22 - The Adult in the Room, a new play by Bill McMahon about the life of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, will ...


Gay News

'Freedom Ride' talk, performance Jan. 29 2020-01-21 - Newberry Library is hosting a discussion and performance with Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ) involving the production Freedom Ride on Wed., Jan. ...


Gay News

Patin at Hyde Park through Feb. 28 2020-01-21 - Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is welcoming Nikki Patin as its new flex space resident through Feb. 28, 2020; she ...


Gay News

Young Playwrights Festival running through Jan. 25 2020-01-21 - Pegasus Theatre Chicago is presenting the 33rd Young Playwrights Festival through Saturday, Jan. 25, at The Courtyard Theatre in The Getz Theater Center ...


Gay News

Sean Hayes at Feb. 5 Goodman event 2020-01-21 - Goodman Theatre, now in its 95th season, will host the "Legacy & Promise" Education and Engagement Luncheon Wed., Feb. 5, featuring Emmy-winning and ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Gulf 2020-01-21 - Playwright: Audrey Cephaly At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: AboutFacetheatre.org. Price: $32. Runs through: Feb. 15 You walk into ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Whisper House 2020-01-21 - Playwright: Duncan Sheik ( music and lyrics ) and Kyle Jarrow ( book and lyrics ) At: Black Button Eyes Productions, the Athenaeum, ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.