Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dear D and My Rock, K, Revealed! (sort of)

Okay, so maybe it's not the best photo ever. Still, here are two of my best friends posing for a rather incestuous pre-publicity shot for the upcoming JTMF production of Del Shores' "Black Comedy About White Trash," Sordid Lives. That's D in the cowboy hat looking rather lustfully at K, who will be playing his great aunt in the show. And yes, that's a real casket behind them. The very gracious folks at the Peppler Funeral Home in Bordentown, NJ allowed us to shoot some photos there tonight (and no, there is no one in the casket).

For those unfamiliar, Sordid Lives tells the story of a south Texas family gathering for the funeral of their beloved matriarch, who has died as the result of a head injury sustained while tripping over her lover's wooden legs on her way to the bathroom in the cheap motel in which they were spending the night. The play addresses addictions; infidelity; homosexuality; familial relations and bad anti-gay therapy, among many other topics. The show was made into a film in 2000, starring Bonnie Bedelia; Beth Grant; Olivia Newton-John; Beau Bridges; Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan. It was also adapted into a short-lived series on the LGBT cable network, Logo.

I'm the kind of director who likes to work with people he knows and can trust, and while the show hasn't been completely cast yet, I know and trust (and love) D and K enough to know I want them in this production. Both of them appeared in last year's production of The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and both of them will be amazing in this year's show.

The James Tolin Memorial Fund was established in 2002 to both honor a fallen friend and to make a difference. We produce an annual show to raise funds for HIV support groups and Arts Education charities in New Jersey. And recently, one of our co-founders who has since moved to the Great White North (a long story involving the NHL), established the JTMFWest in Edmonton, Alberta, making the JTMF a truly international organization. The JTMFWest supports HIV Edmonton and helps spread the message that HIV/AIDS is truly a global issue that still needs support and research funding. This coming December, we will be producing out first ever Winter Fundraiser, a radio play version of It's a Wonderful Life.

If you haven't joined our Facebook pages, I urge you to do so. If you live in (or travel to) central NJ or the greater Edmonton area, I also urge you to attend our shows. Your money goes to good causes and you are pretty much guaranteed a great time. Our annual summer event features a catered reception and silent auction, as well as live musical entertainment before and after the play. Proceeds from the NJ events benefit The Open Arms Foundation and the James Tollin Memorial Scholarship at MCCC, while proceeds from the JTMFWest event benefit HIV Edmonton.

Tickets to the JTMF production of Sordid Lives can be purchased here, and tickets for the JTMFWest premiere production are available here. We hope to see you there!

More, anon.

1 comment:

joyce said...

Did I tell you yet today that I love you?? :)