Celebrating the resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community while exploring the intricacies of relationships without boundaries, Taylor Made Productions presents the Australian premiere of Torch Song – the award-winning play by Harvey Fierstein, at Chapel Off Chapel from 31 January – 10 February, as part of the 2024 Midsumma Festival.
In Torch Song – the two-act revival of Harvey Fierstein’s award-winning Torch Song Trilogy – the life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City, is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and 1980s.
Told with a likable, human voice, Torch Song follows Arnold’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child, and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect.
Promising an immersive experience that marries striking visuals with deep emotional resonance, Directors Cal Robinson-Taylor and Phoebe Taylor have assembled a stellar cast including Declan Clifford, Louie Dalzell, Scott Middleton, Joshua Reuben, Phoebe Anne Taylor and Melina Wylie, to bring Torch Song to life
“As a trailblazer in spotlighting diverse LGBTQIA+ stories, we proudly present this poignant production that delves into the depths of love, acceptance, and the unyielding spirit of the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Directors Cal Robinson-Taylor and Phoebe Taylor.
“Prepare to be captivated by a narrative that pays homage to the strength of the LGBTQIA+ community and invites audiences to contemplate the remarkable power of love in overcoming adversity.”
Step into the vibrant world of Torch Song and follow the journey of Arnold Beckoff, who fearlessly challenges societal norms in his quest for authentic love and understanding.
Directors: Cal Robinson-Taylor, Phoebe Anne Taylor | Featuring: Declan Clifford, Louie Dalzell, Scott Middleton, Joshua Reuben, Phoebe Anne Taylor, Melina Wylie | Lighting Designer: Sidney Younger | Sound Designer: Anthony Jacobsen | Costume Designer: Melina Wylie | Cultural Consultant: Tamara Cohen | Company Manager: Takarah Williams
Chapel Off Chapel (The Loft), 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Season: 31 January – 10 February 2024
Information and Bookings: www.midsumma.org.au
Image: Joshua Reuben stars as Arnold in Torch Song – photo by Phoebe Taylor