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Nite Out with Stage Q: Featuring “Commander” by Mario Correa
October 14, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm$10 – $20
* Is LGBTQ hosted
* Has LGBTQ content
* May be of interest to the LGBTQ community
Join us in the downstairs vault lounge at Lucille for cash bar and mingling before heading out for a VIP reception at the Bartell Theater.
Guests can choose their seats before the public is admitted, while hearing from Stage Q’s director Michael Bruno and Representative Mark Pocan, who’ll talk about his experience as a gay man in politics. General public is admitted at 7:30 p.m. for the showing of “Commander”.
Ned Worley is the fictional governor of Rhode Island. He’s been in a committed relationship for 12 years. But he and his partner are not married. The issue of gay marriage threatens to tear them – and Ned’s presidential campaign – apart. Correa, a former Marylander, is a self-described “political junkie.” His previously produced play, “Tail! Spin!”, used verbatim source material to satirize such scandalous politicians as Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford. The result was well-received in New York.
“Commander,” in contrast, is pure invention, but it feels just as real. Mark Scharf skillfully plays Gov. Ned Worley as a hard-driving, humorless candidate, a man who tries to be forthcoming and withholding at the same time. Most of all, Ned is determined not to focus on what an insistent reporter calls the “historic” aspect of his candidacy. Ned isn’t the only one reluctant to make his sexual orientation a campaign issue. His campaign manager — a steely, tough- talking veteran – gives him advice on when to hide the gay card and when to play it.