SUNSETS: Two Acts on a Beach – In person event running February 2 to 18

SUNSETS: Two Acts On A Beach by Cal Yoemans, a long-lost drama by an early pioneer, was last performed at the 1982 American Gay Arts Festival in Chicago and offers an intimate exploration of human sexuality and relationships from the pre-AIDS era. Act One is a monologue featuring Henrietta, an former drag star whose life has taken a turbulent turn. This character’s journey delves into the complexities of gay life with heavy yet authentic language. Act Two explores the relationship between Dan, a married construction worker on a quest for self-discovery, and John, who prefers anonymous hookups. The production contains nudity.

Kevin Wood directs.

Nationally as a cabaret artist, Kevin Wood has had a career in theater and music that includes working as a professional accompanist, educator, parish church musician and performing leading roles in opera, musical theater, harmonizing in choral ensembles and appearing as a recitalist. Though officially retired, Kevin remains busy as a substitute church musician, accompanist/coach, as well as performing cabaret shows locally and touring!  You can catch him during Chicago Cabaret Week, May 10-19, 2024, at the Venus Cabaret at The Mercury Theatre.  Kevin is the Director of Outreach in Chicago for the American Songbook Association (NYC). He is also an avid pickle ball player. Follow him at

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