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 2020-03-17
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

'The Boys in the Band' writer Crowley dead at 84
2020-03-08

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Mart Crowley—best known for writing the '60s seminal play The Boys in the Band, about a group of gay friends at a birthday party—died March 8 at age 84, media reports stated.

Writer Michael Musto broke the news, tweeting, " RIP, Mart Crowley, author of the groundbreaking gay play The Boys in the Band. He was Natalie Wood's assistant and told me she encouraged him to write the play."

The Boys in the Band, Crowley's first play, opened off-Broadway in 1968. He wrote the screenplay and produced the film version, which Academy Award winner William Friedkin ( The Exorcist ) directed.

According to Broadway World, among Crowley's other plays were A Breeze from the Gulf ( 1973 ) and The Men from the Boys ( 2002 ), a sequel to The Boys in the Band. He was also the producer/co-writer of the ABC TV series Hart to Hart for several years.

Locally, The Boys in the Band is currently running at the Windy City Playhouse through April 19. Carl Menninger—associate artistic director of Windy City Playhouse and director of the production—sent a statement to Windy City Times saying, "We are truly saddened by the passing of Mart Crowley. While none of us knew him personally, we feel we have a relationship with this tremendously gifted writer through his work. The Boys in the Band is an honest profile of the lives of many urban gay men in the 1960s. Not only is it a landmark play in the LGBTQ+ cannon but it is also an important American play. Writing and bringing it to the stage was an act of bravery during an era when even Time Magazine wrote that 'Homosexuality is a pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality, a pitiable flight from life.'

"Along with other brave people, Crowley helped pave the way for the LGBTQ+ movement. We are proud to present his work as an historic depiction of gay life in the 1960s. The play still invites people to reflect on the LGBTQ+ issues that we still struggle with as a society. The Boys in the Band has stood the test of time and that is the true sign of a gifted author. The best way to celebrate any playwrights legacy is to present their work. We consider it a privilege to share his play with our audiences."


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

THEATER Mourning Terrence McNally 2020-03-30 - The prolific Emmy and Tony Award-winning writer Terrence McNally passed away at the age of 81 in Florida at a Sarasota hospital on ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications at 81 2020-03-24 - Terrence McNally—a four-time Tony winner who wrote musicals and plays such as Ragtime, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Full Monty and Kiss of the ...


Gay News

SPLC releases 'Hate and Extremism' report 2020-03-23 - The Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual "Year in Hate and Extremism" report, identifying 940 active hate groups across the United States ...


Gay News

Sister Sheila Lyne dies at 83 2020-03-17 - Sister Sheila Lyne—a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy for 67 years who led Chicago's Mercy Hospital as president and CEO for ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Ann Morris 2020-03-17 - Ann Morris passed away March 7. She was 67. Ann was born in Chicago on April 5, 1952, and grew up in Texas. ...


Gay News

BOOK REVIEW Ian McKellen: A Biography 2020-03-17 - Author: Garry O'Connor. $29.99; St. Martin's Press; 356 pages Any old stick would do. When you were a child, that's what it ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart will be closed to the public until March 31 2020-03-16 - In support of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, Gerber/Hart will be closed to the public until March 31. Upcoming ...


Gay News

Women & Children First delaying, cancelling events 2020-03-13 - Because of coronavirus-related concerns, most of the March events at Women & Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., have been rescheduled for ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Brian Patrick Goodman 2020-03-10 - Brian Patrick Goodman passed from this life Nov. 21, 2019. He had just returned from four days in New York City—where, despite ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Activist Marc Loveless passes away at 59 [UPDATED] 2020-03-09 - Activist Marc Loveless has passed away. His death was reported by multiple individuals on social media March 9. Loveless was 59. Loveless was ...


 



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  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar 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.