Torch Song Trilogy

Torch Song Trilogy

by  Harvey Fierstein

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 2f

Winner! 1983 Tony® Award for Best Play

"A very funny, poignant and unabashedly entertaining work that, so help me, is something for the whole family [...] the zappiest evening of theatre you could ask for." - Newsweek 

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Torch Song Trilogy

by  Harvey Fierstein

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Torch Song Trilogy is constructed of three moving plays told over three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and 1980s, through Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, and other ground-breaking milestones for the LGBT community. Told with a likable, human voice, Arnold struggles through love, disease, and the challenges of child-rearing. In the tradition of The Normal Heart and The Pride, and one of the pre-cursors for the seminal Angels in America, this award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: "At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man's longings for love and family."
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1983 Tony® Award for Best Play

Reviews

REVIEWS

"A very funny, poignant and unabashedly entertaining work that, so help me, is something for the whole family [...] the zappiest evening of theatre you could ask for." – Newsweek

"Under the tragedy, the play is gorgeously funny." – New York Post

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  • About Studio Theatre's Torch Song Trilogy
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
    $45 per short play individually

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s, 1970s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

4m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Drag performance

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Authors

Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein made his professional acting debut at La Mama ETC in 1971 in Andy Warhol's only play, Pork. He followed that with appearances in more than 60 Off-Off-Broadway productions before he began his career as a playwright. Early works like Flatbush Tosca and Cobra Jewels led to his underground hit, Torch Song ...

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Torch Song Trilogy premiered at La Mama ETC over the course of two years from February 1978 - October 1979 under the direction of Eric Concklin. The play transferred to Broadway in June 1982 under the direction of Peter Pope.

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