On Monday November 21st at 7:30pm at The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street Act Two an except from the play Quentin Crisp: The Last Word will be read by author George Tower. Directed and produced by by Phillip Ward. The play was adapted for the stage by Phillip Ward and Brian Edward. George Tower, was a friend of Mr. Crisp. The reading is a benefit for the theatre and to generate financial interest in premiering a New York City production.
The play represents Quentin’s profound attempt to tell us what the lessons of his nearly ninety-one years on the planet have been. We get what Quentin rarely permitted himself to share about his life in any other public forum: we get his heart, his untrammeled feelings about what the gift of his life has meant to him. It is a view of Quentin Crisp did not shared with the public in his lifetime.
One compelling reason for presenting this show is to introduce Quentin Crisp to a new audience. To a new generation who might not be aware of his importance in gay literature and history and to gay rights in general. Quentin’s relevance is endless. He was a philosopher, an observer of life, a survivor, and a beacon of hope, and he leaves behind a legacy of which Quentin Crisp: The Last Word (an autobiography) is his swan song. Act Two (an excerpt from the play Quentin Crisp: The Last Word) will offer a glimpse into that existence.
Crisp caused a bit of a stir in conservative England during the 1950s and 1960s and even through the 1970s. In 1981, at age 72, Quentin Crisp moved to New York City, bringing along his familiar and witty remarks and eccentricity. Quentin Crisp charmed everyone and became “the face of a modern rebel.” He delighted us publicly and privately with his inimitable grace, wit, and genius. Quentin Crisp died on the eve of touring his show in Manchester, England, on November 21, 1999.
Crisp’s estate executor Phillip Ward invites you to a night of celebration to commemorate the legendary life of Quentin Crisp on this twenty-third anniversary of his passing.
Act Two an except from the play Quentin Crisp: The Last Word, The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, November 21st at 7:30pm