Torch Song Trilogy

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TotoToo Theatre welcomes Sarah Hearn back to our stage to direct this iconic play by Harvey Fierstein.

Torch Song Trilogy  is constructed of three moving plays told over three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! 

The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish, drag queen living in New York City is dramatized over the span of the 1970’s, through Stonewall and other ground-breaking milestones for the LTGB community. Told with a likable, human voice, Arnold struggles through love, loss, and the challenges of child-rearing.

In the tradition of The Normal Heart and The Pride and one of the pre-cursors for the seminal Angels in America, the award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: "At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man's longings for love and family.”

Torch Song Trilogy was adapted for a 1988 feature film starring Harvey Fierstein as Arnold, Anne Bancroft as Ma Beckoff, Matthew Broderick as Alan, Brian Kerwin as Ed, and Eddie Castrodad as David. 

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