According to NBC News, at least 129 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced across 30 states during the 2017 state legislative season. This info is from a new report published by LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Twelve of these bills, which range from adoption laws to “religious freedom” legislation, became law. “If an LGBTQ couple drove from Maine to California today, their legal rights and civil rights protections could change more than 20 times at state borders and city lines,” HRC President Chad Griffin said.
In Gayland, a conservative politician tries to pass the Breeder Repatriation Act as a way to get rid of all the breeders. As this NBC News story shows, we are just a step or two ahead of reality. Read story
We’re beginning the process of shopping Gayland around to producers and organizations of all sizes. So whether you’re a Broadway producer, a director at a local theatre, or a student organizing a guerrilla production, we’d love to hear from you!
In this script PDF, we’ve embedded audio samples of many of the songs, so it’s easy to get a sense of the sound as you read.
Click here to download a pdf of the script with embedded music samples. You can also download full mp3 files of many of the songs here.
After a week of rehearsals, the cast, band and music director for Gayland gathered at the Yellow Sound Lab and Log Cabin studios in New York to capture the new music we’ve been working on over the last year. Thanks to our awesome team!
MassResistance, an anti-gay conservative organization tagged as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, launched their conference last week with a lovely flag dance interpreting a song about mistakes and redemption.
Gayland pushes some boundaries, but even we’ve never tried this kind of thematic triple back flip. Hilarious and tragic at the same time, we are in awe at the multiplicity of meanings packed into this performance.
We’ll be going into a New York recording studio on November 20 with the Gayland cast and music director Mark Hartman to make recordings of the new songs. This will be an opportunity for the creative team to hear how the new music is working with the singers. And we’ll also be choosing tracks to include in our presentation to Broadway producers and directors early next year.
We had the opportunity to put Gayland in front of an accomplished Broadway director in early 2017. He provided us with detailed and very valuable feedback. So we’ve taken most of the past year to take another look at Gayland, with an eye to focussing more on the story and dialing down some of the “travelog” elements.
That turned into a gargantuan task, which included taking out two major characters and rewriting most of the first act. Whew! The new Gayland 8.0 has a much cleaner storyline and an entirely new technique for the scenes set on The Willow Show. We’re now investigating our next steps.
In preparation for shopping the latest version of Gayland in the next few months we’ve recently completed a photoshoot with San Francisco Bay Area photographer Tom Minczeski. Here are some of of our more serious compositions. : )