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Doric Wilson’s classic gay play Forever After gets a revival!

Doric Wilson’s play Forever After, is a cagey, theatrical Chinese puzzle masquerading as a mere trinket — one of the oldest and best comic poses.

The play was written in New York City in 1980 for the First Gay American Arts Festival and revised in Arvada, Colorado, July 2008, for the TOSOS II / Heavy Levity Production.

The play is beloved by critics, with rave reviews:

“Brimming with acid wisecracks and neat farcical business.”— Village Voice

“Hilarious…sheer fun…it may well live in the theatre forever after.”— SOHO News

“Ambitious, complex and trenchantly funny… Forever After is a must.”— Gay Community News

Director Dennis Corsi says: “At the end of a play, a gay couple celebrates their one-year anniversary. The lovers, alone at last, are content that their romantic conclusion is at hand. That’s when a drag queen lurking in the audience descends upon the stage, insisting that gay men don’t get happy endings and demands a rewrite. Another queen rushes in to advocate for the power of love, yes even for gay men. What ensues is a fierce wig-to-wig battle between the queens, each vying for control of the narrative, throwing the actors playing the couple into existential crisis.”

Forever After is produced by TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence), directed by Dennis Corsi begins previews August 10, 2023 at The Flea Theater, where it runs through August 26th. Performances are at 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday. Tickets start at $30.

To purchase tickets www.redeyetickets.com/forever-after/ or find out more information, visit https://www.tososnyc.org/foreverafter. Tickets are ONLY available at the Flea Theater box office 20 Thomas Street, New York, NY, 10017 open show nights. TOSOSNYC.ORG

The Creative Team
Doric Wilson

Playwright Doric Wilson was an American playwright, director, producer, critic and gay rights activist. He was born Doric Wilson in Los Angeles, California, where his family was temporarily located. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, he was raised on his grandfather’s ranch at Plymouth, Washington on the Columbia River. He wrote his first play at Kennewick High School, but was accused of plagiarism when a teacher informed him that no student of hers would ever be able to write such a play.

Dennis Corsi (Director) is a queer director specializing in new work development and queer work. As a certified health & wellness coach, he fosters rehearsal rooms that prioritize well-being. His directing style is fast-paced and bold. Transitions are rehearsed as much as the rest of the play. His casting always prioritizes diversity and inclusion. Dennis is currently studying ASL. His dream is to one day stage a killer exorcism. Dennis is the Artistic Director of the Fresh Fruit Festival, which develops and presents theatre by queer artists. He is the Director of New Works at Live & In Color, a creative incubator developing new plays and musicals celebrating diversity. Dennis is the co-curator of the Chesley Chambers Playwrights Project at TOSOS. Dennis is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab West, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership program. Associate Member SDC.

About TOSOS

TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence) is New York City’s oldest and longest producing professional LGBTQIA+ theater company. In 1974, Off-Off-Broadway veteran Doric Wilson, cabaret star Billy Blackwell and director Peter dell Valle, started the first professional gay theatre company in NYC. It was called The Other Side of Silence—TOSOS for short. In 2002, directors Mark Finley and Barry Childs and playwright Wilson resurrected TOSOS. The company has produced over 30 mainstage shows and so many readings of new plays and works in progress we have trouble counting them all. 

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