|The City Theatre Company
|3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722 512-524-2870 email@example.com
|The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
committment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
|ABOUT THE SHOW
|July 31 - August 23
by Terrence McNally
|Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play
|Three summer weekends. Eight men. One endless friendship.
LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!
With Rick Felkins, Kirk Kelso, Scott Poppaw, Marco Bazan,
Dax Dobbs, Ryan Wilson, and Ty McLeod.
Directed by City Theatre guest director Matthew Burnett.
The City Theatre Company continues to sizzle this summer with Terrence McNally’s
critically acclaimed play Love! Valour! Compassion, opening July 31. Hailed by many
critics as McNally at the top of his form and winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, the
celebrated Broadway show is directed by Matthew Burnett and runs four weekends
through August 23. Lots of laughs and love with live theatre not to be missed!
“I have terrible news! THE FANTASTICKS is closing!” – Buss, Love! Valour!
Love! Valour! Compassion! centers on eight gay men who vacation together at an
upstate New York country home for three summertime holiday weekends. Gregory, the
host of the gatherings, is a successful but aging choreographer trying to complete what
may be his last major work. Bobby, his blind and much younger live-in boyfriend loves
him but is still discovering who he is and what he wants from the world. John is a cynical,
mean-spirited, failed English playwright. His twin brother, James, is as kind and
compassionate as John is angry and alienated. Ramon is John's current boyfriend, a
young, handsome, and talented dancer just beginning his career, filled with confidence
and brimming with sexuality. Perry and Arthur are the group's "role models” and are
often the force of stability in an otherwise chaotic world. Finally, there is Buzz, highly
charged and hilarious, always ready with a sarcastic one-liner, and is usually the life of
the party. However, he is masking his troubled spirit. The friends gather together to
confront their lives, loves and friendships, exploring the boundaries of their relationships
and some of life's most profound and difficult questions.
“I don’t want to write a play unless it scares me.” – Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally has always faced high expectations for his
work, and not just because of his record of success. Along
with writers like Larry Kramer, Tony Kushner, and Paul Rudnick,
he is credited with exposing largely straight, mainstream
audiences to popular gay characters and raising the level of
awareness of issues in the gay community, particularly the
devastation wrought by the AIDS epidemic. “I don’t think theatre
can solve the problems of a society, nor should it be expected to,”
says McNally. “Plays don’t do that. People do. Plays provide a
forum for the ideas that can lead a society to decide to heal and
change itself.” McNally has produced a string of successes as
The Lisbon Traviata, Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune, Kiss of the Spider
Woman, Master Class, Ragtime, Corpus Christi, and the most recent, Mother and Sons.
He is a winner of four Tony Awards, and in 1996, was inducted into the American
Theatre Hall of Fame. “Our little theatre doesn’t have many chances like this one. It is
an exciting opportunity to stage McNally’s work here in Austin,” mentions Andy
Berkovsky, City Theatre Artistic Director. “This play is perhaps the best he has ever
written.” More on McNally.
SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally
July 31 - August 23. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 5:30 pm.
The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78722
General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25.
Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available.
Reservations 512-524-2870 or firstname.lastname@example.org