TOSOS (The Other Side Of Silence) and Iconoclast Theater Collective present GRINDR THE OPERA and HOUSE OF CHAVIS
In partnership this summer, TOSOS and Iconoclast will first stage Grindr The Opera during Gay Pride month, followed by TOSOS’ presentation of Robert Macke’s House Of Chavis in July. Grindr The Opera is Erik RansomThe original opera parody on the hookup app that changed gay life as we know it.
Composer/Lyricist/Writer Erik Ransom says: “The advent of Grindr represents a huge paradigm shift in the way queer people seek connection, and I find it fascinating to see how this has spread across straight culture as well when apps like Tinder and Bumble have My goal in writing the show was to raise questions about how our most basic evolutionary imperatives are affected by rapid advances in technology and how we as a society keep up with these new trends .”
In Robert Macke’s play House of Chavis, a father discovers his estranged son is on a reality TV series…as a drag queen. The play is a funny and moving exploration of the bonds that unite families, both biological and elected, as well as the forces that separate them.
Playwright Robert Macke writes “It is a depiction of how toxic masculinity can forever damage relationships between young gay men and their parents. My religious upbringing skewed my understanding of reconciliation – wrongdoing had to be stored until ‘until you meet a priest in a This play is about a man who seeks absolution, but there is no priest and there is no ornate closet. However, there is a team set and a reality TV producer.
Grindr the Opera will perform in concert at Green Room 42. The concert, co-produced by TOSOS and Iconoclast Theater Collective, will have two performances ONLY on June 17 and 24. Performances are at 9:30 p.m. To buy tickets or get more information https://thegreenroom42.venuetix.com/
House of Chavis is produced by TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence), directed by Mark Finley and begins previews July 13 with opening night July 16 at the Flea Theater, where it runs through August 6. Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (tickets start at $40). To buy tickets or get more information: www.tososnyc.org/houseofchavis.
Erik Ransom (He/His) is an award-winning internationally produced songwriter, composer and performer. His magnum opus, GRINDR The Opera, won the 2019 Off West End award for Best New Musical in London and was produced across the United States. from “Edward II” by Marlowe. Erik performed and wrote songs for the feature film “Happy Yummy Chicken” featuring Taryn Manningand served as lead writer for The Celebrity Roast of Michael Mustopresented by Rosie O’Donnell and hosted by Bruce Vilanch.
Rachel Klein (She/She) is a New York-based director who was praised by The New York Times: “What makes this show pop is its director’s invigorating vision, Rachel Klein” Off-Broadway Direction: Red Roses, Green Gold (The Minetta Lane Theatre/ft. music of the Grateful Dead), Around the World in 80 Days (The Davenport Theatre) The Anthem (The Lynn Redgrave Theatre.) Selected NYC and Regional: The Suffragist (Gallagher Bluedorn Theatre) 54 the Musical (House of Independents) and Secret Summer: An Immersive Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Foundry.) Rachel is the director and showrunner of the hit audio series , The World to Come. https://www.rachelkleindirector.com
Andy Peterson (He/His) is an award-winning composer, orchestrator and music director. Composer Credits: The World To Come (Audio Series), Razorhurst (NJ, Sydney), Stalker: The Musical (New York, Chicago, Sydney. Selected Musical Director/Arranger/Orchestra Credits: BROADWAY: Tootsie (Marquis Theatre) , My One and only: in concert (Stephen Sondheim Theatre) OFF-BROADWAY: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre), Atomic (Theatre Row). Install a music director for new shows on Celebrity Beyond and Universal Studios Beijing.
ROBERT MACKE (he/him) is a bisexual playwright based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2019, he earned a master’s degree in playwriting from the University of Idaho, where The Last Mother in the House of Chavis was originally studio trained. Robert’s plays have been performed at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and the Know Theater in Cincinnati. His works include The Kingdom’s at Hand but the Game’s Afoot, Golconda, If A Tree Falls… and Space Pornography 2000: A Crowdsourced Musical with music and lyrics by james allen. He shares a writing credit with Alexx Rouse for their short play A Rolling Stone Gathers No Loss. If you want to see what Robert does, you can find it on twitch.tv/angelamurkrow every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday morning.
Mark Finley (He/Lui) is the artistic director of TOSOS and has directed many of its acclaimed productions, including Doric Wilson‘s “Street Theatre”, winner of the 2016 Innovative Theater (IT) Award for Outstanding Renewal. He made his Off-Broadway directorial debut with Chris Weikel“Penny Penniworth” of “Penny Penniworth” and recently directed the TOSOS production of Byron Loyd“Rebel Boy Fireworks” by (which premiered at the United Solo Arts Festival) and Virginia Baeta‘s “Damaged Goods” (emerging artists). Mark is also an author, actor, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence) is New York’s oldest and oldest professional LGBTQIA+ theater company. In 1974, veteran Off-Off-Broadway Doric Wilson, cabaret star Billy Blackwell and director Peter dell Valle, founded the first professional gay theater company in New York. It was called The Other Side of Silence-TOSOS for short. In 2002, the directors Mark Finley and Barry Child and playwright Wilson resurrected TOSOS. The company has produced over 30 live performances and so many readings of new plays and works in progress that we can hardly count them all. www.tososnyc.org
ICONOCLAS THEATER COLLECTIVE was created as a creative call to arms, a genre-defying thunderbolt in the dark. We use dramatized musical storytelling on and off stage, breaking down barriers and exploring new mediums to foster community and generate timely and resonant work. Privileging proactive thinking, listening and craftsmanship, ITC’s mission is to create a space for the bold storytelling of musical theater, even if that physical space does not exist. We understand the rules. It’s time to break them.