A Benefit for The Center on Halsted. July 21 to 30, 2022.

Demoralized by the reelection of George W. Bush in 2004, Larry Kramer gave what he called ‘the most difficult speech I ever had to give.” Sixty million people voted for the Bush platform of ‘Moral Values.’

Now, the United States faces the possible reelection of a different Republican. In this season of anti-trans legislation, Supreme Court action, and orders to ‘Don’t Say Gay”, I wondered ‘What would Larry Kramer say?’

Two years after Kramer’s death, I started reading THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS, which still vibrates and sizzles. Lifting it from the page seemed essential; hence our staging will use five actors on a blank stage. We have a video wall to provide some context and commentary. There is a lot of history, a great deal about politics, some screaming, a few great Kramerisms, and many tears.

There are six performances only, and your donation today helps Open Space Arts, a new non-profit, mount and market this production so that ticket sales can benefit Center on Halsted.

Open Space Arts presents a world premiere stage event to benefit Center on Halsted


Larry Kramer’s The Tragedy of Today’s Gays

Adapted for the stage and directed by David G. Zak

Videography by Magdiel Carmona

Performances July 21, 23, 23, 28, 30, and 31 at 7 pm.

Performances in the Hoover/Leppen Theater

3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613

Funds support the new theatrical adaptation of Larry Kramer’s speech THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS, adapted for the stage and directed by David G. Zak. The producer is Open Space Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit presenting works of social relevance to both live and streaming audiences.

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