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Lavender Men

Skylight Theatre & Playwrights’ Arena Company present the World Premiere of

Lavender Men

Written by: Roger Q. Mason
Directed by: Lovell Holder

Enter the historical fantasia of Taffeta, a self-proclaimed "fabulous queer creation of color,” as she invades the private world of Abraham Lincoln to confront issues of LGBTQ+ inclusion and visibility that still challenge us today.

 

Proof of Vaccination and Masks Required

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS & MASKS REQUIRED
For the health, safety and well-being of our patrons, staff and artists, Skylight Theatre’s current COVID-19 policy requires guests to be vaccinated and to wear masks.

The production includes use of theatrical haze; a disco lighting effect is present in one scene.
  • Lavender Men, Skylight Theatre 2022
  • Roger-Q.-Mason-and-Alex-Esola, LAVENDER MEN 2022, Skylight Theatre
  • 2022_Lavender_Men, SKYLIGHT THEATRE

Schedule

Skylight Theatre:  August 6 - September 4

BUY LIVE STAGE TICKETS  OR

BUY VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE TICKETS

Duration: Approx 95 mins; No intermission
All Promo Code discounts are Advance Sale only; not available at the door.

Pay It Forward Tickets  support Free and Discount Tickets to improve access to theater.

A limited number of PWYC tickets are available for performances 8/7 - 8/29. Use Promo Code: ACCESS to activate.

LGBTQ+ Affinity Perf: Aug 5 (Only Friday show, Preview)
Black Communities Affinity Perf: Aug 15
ASL Interpreted Perf: Aug 28

Age Advisory: 14 years old. Guests under age 12 will not be admitted.


Theater Is For Everyone. If you need assistance contact us at Connect@SkylightTheatre.org

Local Box Office at (213) 761-7061. Due to COVID, staff may not be present at all times.  Please leave a message.

World Premiere 2021-22 Co-Production Season with Playwrights' Arena

Beyond Conversation

Enhance your experience with a special guest chat. Join us online for these moderated chats that explore topics suggested by the play's subject matter.

Events will be streamed live on YouTube.  To make viewing easier, make a Reservation.  Confirmations provide a streaming link and can also provide a reminder email.  If you can't be there for the live event, a recording will remain online to watch on demand during the run of the play.



Category Is: Gender Play
(recorded live: August 16, 2022)

In the age of Drag Race and the legacy of Ball Culture, gender play has become wildly popular in the mainstream.

Join us with moderator Noga Yechieli Wind along with our esteemed panelists, Lola Kelly, Alex Vermillion and Ser Anzoategui, as we discuss and explore the performance of gender in the modern day and how the idea of gender is an act, or performance in itself.

WATCH RECORDING

Thicc, Black, & Ready to Love (August 30, 7:00 pm PT)

Is loving your body enough to feel safe in the world?

While the LGBTQIA+ community has experienced increased societal acceptance, it has also become more susceptible to perpetuating traditional "beauty standards.” On dating apps it’s even become more popular for people to use fatphobic language to deter interactions with bigger people. With moderator Jordan Daniels, from the iHeart Radio Podcast, “Black Fat Femme,” we’ll discuss love, the origins of body positivity, and what radical acceptance & liberation is like for every body. Guests include: Tarik Carroll, Jordan Daniels, Doctor Jon Paul.

MAKE RESERVATION

The Artists of Lavender Men

  • Roger Q. Mason, Skylight Theatre, Lavender Men
    Roger Q. Mason
    writer and actor (they/them)

    (Taffeta) was recently dubbed by The Brooklyn Rail as “quickly becoming one of the most significant playwrights of the decade.” Their playwriting has been seen on Broadway at Circle in the Square (Circle Reading Series); Off and Off-Off-Broadway at MCC Theatre with Carnegie Hall, La Mama ETC, New York Theatre Workshop, New Group, The Fire This Time Festival, Dixon Place, American Theatre of Actors, Flea Theatre, and Access Theater; and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, Theatre Rhinoceros, Open Fist Theatre Company, EST/LA, Coeurage Theatre, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Son of Semele, and Skylight Theatre. They are an honoree of the Kilroys List; the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award; the Fire This Time Festival Alumni Spotlight; and the Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers Award. Mason’s films have been recognized by the Lonely Wolf International Film Festival, SCAD Film Festival, AT&T Film Award and Atlanta International Film Festival. They’ve screened at the British Film Institute, Lonely Wolf International Film Festival, SCAD Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Outfest, Bentonville Film Festival, Outshine Film Festival, and the Pan African Film Festival.  Mason holds degrees from Princeton University, Middlebury College, and Northwestern University. They are a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group, and Primary Stages Writing Cohort; the co-host of Sister Roger’s Gayborhood podcast; the host of This Way Out Radio's Queerly Yours: Portraits in Courage; and lead mentor of the Shay Foundation Fellowship and the New Visions Fellowship.

  • Lovell Holder, Skylight Theatre 2022
    Lovell Holder
    director (he/him)

    Lovell Holder directed the Broadway reading of Roger Q. Mason's Lavender Men at Circle in the Square in 2019.  He has directed theater in LA at Skylight Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Echo Theater Company, and Rising Phoenix Rep.  He has produced the feature films Some FreaksWorking ManThe End of UsMidday Black Midnight Blue, and Loserville, which he also directed.  Lovell's films have screened at more than 75 film festivals, including SXSW, BFI Flare, and Outfest.  Lovell also co-hosts the podcast Sister Roger's Gayborhood alongside Roger Q. Mason.  He is a graduate of Princeton University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Brown University (MFA).  Instagram: @lovell.holder.

  • Alex Esola, Lavender Men, Skylight Theatre 2022
    Alex Esola
    actor (he/him)

    (Elmer) shared the screen with Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup in Bart Freundlich’s Sony Pictures Classic feature film After the Wedding. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Esola can currently be seen in the independent feature film Tankhouse, directed by Noam Tomaschoff. On the small screen, Alex recurred on Paolo Sorrentino’s HBO limited series The Young Pope, and reprised the role of Freddy Blakestone on the second season, titled The New Pope. He starred opposite Louise Lombard in Lifetime Movie Network's A Student's Obsession, directed by Damián Romay. Alex guest starred on series including Orange is the New Black, Blue Bloods, Law and Order: SVU, Mr. RobotOdd Mom Out, Mysteries of Laura, Scream and Eye Candy. On stage, Alex played Marco in Ivo van Hove’s award winning production of A View From the Bridge at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Alex is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Stella Adler studio.

  • Pete Ploszek, Lavender Men, Skylight Theatre 2022
    Pete Ploszek
    actor (he/him)

    (Abe) will next be seen in the Damien Chazelle film, Babylon. He recently appeared in Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate and in Marvel’s Captain Marvel. He played the role of ‘Leonardo’ in the Paramount franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. He was also a series regular on the Go90 comedy Liberty Crossing, and recurred on MTV’s hit show Teen Wolf.  Other guest roles include Tommy, Superstore, 9-1-1, Freeform’s Stitchers, Showtime’s Shameless, NBC’s Parks & Recreations & Workaholics for Comedy Central. A graduate of Princeton University, where he played football, Pete earned his MFA in Acting from the USC School of Theatre in 2012. His theatre credits include ‘Stefano’ in The Tempest and ‘Trofimov’ in The Cherry Orchard, directed by veteran Broadway actress Kate Burton.



DESIGNERS
SCENIC DESIGN: Stephen Gifford
LIGHTING DESIGN: Dan Weingarten
COSTUME DESIGN: Wendell Carmichael
SOUND DESIGN: Erin Bednarz
PROP DESIGN: Michael O’Hara
ORIGINAL MUSIC: David Gonzalez

PRODUCTION STAFF
STAGE MANAGER: Letitia Change
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Megan Hanna
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Michael Kearns, Tyree Marshall
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
INTIMACY DIRECTOR: Ann C James
DRAMATURG: Dylan Southard
VOGUE CONSULTANT: Cece Suazo
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Cedes Sifuentes
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Christopher Hoffman
SET CONSTRUCTION: Jan Munroe, Wilbur Urbina
SCENIC PAINTING: Stephanie Crothers
MASTER ELECTRICIAN: Claire Chrzan
LIGHT CREW: Coleen Cad Apostol, E.J. Orlando
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne
SOCIAL MEDIA: Kennedy Hill
VIDEOGRAPHER: Seth Dorsey
PRODUCTION PHOTOS: Jenny Graham


Skylight's Artistic Development, Community Engagement Programs and Theatre For All initiatives are made possible through the generous support of our Individual and Foundation donors, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Schedule

Skylight Theatre:  August 6 - September 4

BUY LIVE STAGE TICKETS  OR

BUY VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE TICKETS

Duration: Approx 95 mins; No intermission
All Promo Code discounts are Advance Sale only; not available at the door.

Pay It Forward Tickets  support Free and Discount Tickets to improve access to theater.

A limited number of PWYC tickets are available for performances 8/7 - 8/29. Use Promo Code: ACCESS to activate.

LGBTQ+ Affinity Perf: Aug 5 (Only Friday show, Preview)
Black Communities Affinity Perf: Aug 15
ASL Interpreted Perf: Aug 28

Age Advisory: 14 years old. Guests under age 12 will not be admitted.


Theater Is For Everyone. If you need assistance contact us at Connect@SkylightTheatre.org

Local Box Office at (213) 761-7061. Due to COVID, staff may not be present at all times.  Please leave a message.

World Premiere 2021-22 Co-Production Season with Playwrights' Arena

Reviews

A DARING theatrical talent is on display at Skylight Theatre.  SEE LAVENDER MEN BEFORE IT CLOSES... A handsomely wrought production directed by Lovell Holder. Nothing is held back....Mason’s rawness...it’s bracing to witness” - LA Times, Charles McNulty

WOW. Scores an ABSOLUTE BULLSEYE... Imaginative, exhilarating... One of the most STUNNING productions in town... Holder’s supremely ingenious direction and an absolutely dazzling production design - StageSceneLA, Steven Stanley

One of the BEST PLAYS you will see on stage in Los Angeles THIS YEAR - The Hollywood Times, Jim Gilies

FANTASTIC production...you’ll want to go along on the ride... Entertaining and FUN... You’ll see some unexpected 'what-ifs'...may KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF - Splash Magazines, Elaine Mura

Sensational and bravely rule-shattering. This EXCEPTIONAL creation is GROUNDBREAKING in every possible way. Poetic and VISUALLY STUNNING assault - TicketHoldersLA, Travis M. Holder

MASON is a FORCE OF NATURE...a major voice in the theatrical vanguard. Thought-provoking COMEDY. - TheatreMania, Jonas Schwartz

Recommended...HIGHLY ENTERTAINING. The production glides smoothly from one scene to the next and effortlessly builds to a poignant conclusion - StageRaw, Iris Mann

The FANTASTIC and all too real collide in UNIQUE and sometimes THRILLING ways, as Taffeta journeys from downtrodden to supreme. The play is tight ... under the direction of Lovell Holder - Larchmont Buzz, Laura Foti Cohen

A SMART, FUNNY, and engaging play. Excellent direction” - Glamgical, Joe Mosqueda

Media

Beyond Conversation

Enhance your experience with a special guest chat. Join us online for these moderated chats that explore topics suggested by the play's subject matter.

Events will be streamed live on YouTube.  To make viewing easier, make a Reservation.  Confirmations provide a streaming link and can also provide a reminder email.  If you can't be there for the live event, a recording will remain online to watch on demand during the run of the play.



Category Is: Gender Play
(recorded live: August 16, 2022)

In the age of Drag Race and the legacy of Ball Culture, gender play has become wildly popular in the mainstream.

Join us with moderator Noga Yechieli Wind along with our esteemed panelists, Lola Kelly, Alex Vermillion and Ser Anzoategui, as we discuss and explore the performance of gender in the modern day and how the idea of gender is an act, or performance in itself.

WATCH RECORDING

Thicc, Black, & Ready to Love (August 30, 7:00 pm PT)

Is loving your body enough to feel safe in the world?

While the LGBTQIA+ community has experienced increased societal acceptance, it has also become more susceptible to perpetuating traditional "beauty standards.” On dating apps it’s even become more popular for people to use fatphobic language to deter interactions with bigger people. With moderator Jordan Daniels, from the iHeart Radio Podcast, “Black Fat Femme,” we’ll discuss love, the origins of body positivity, and what radical acceptance & liberation is like for every body. Guests include: Tarik Carroll, Jordan Daniels, Doctor Jon Paul.

MAKE RESERVATION

The Artists of Lavender Men

  • Roger Q. Mason, Skylight Theatre, Lavender Men
    Roger Q. Mason
    writer and actor (they/them)

    (Taffeta) was recently dubbed by The Brooklyn Rail as “quickly becoming one of the most significant playwrights of the decade.” Their playwriting has been seen on Broadway at Circle in the Square (Circle Reading Series); Off and Off-Off-Broadway at MCC Theatre with Carnegie Hall, La Mama ETC, New York Theatre Workshop, New Group, The Fire This Time Festival, Dixon Place, American Theatre of Actors, Flea Theatre, and Access Theater; and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, Theatre Rhinoceros, Open Fist Theatre Company, EST/LA, Coeurage Theatre, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Son of Semele, and Skylight Theatre. They are an honoree of the Kilroys List; the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award; the Fire This Time Festival Alumni Spotlight; and the Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers Award. Mason’s films have been recognized by the Lonely Wolf International Film Festival, SCAD Film Festival, AT&T Film Award and Atlanta International Film Festival. They’ve screened at the British Film Institute, Lonely Wolf International Film Festival, SCAD Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Outfest, Bentonville Film Festival, Outshine Film Festival, and the Pan African Film Festival.  Mason holds degrees from Princeton University, Middlebury College, and Northwestern University. They are a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group, and Primary Stages Writing Cohort; the co-host of Sister Roger’s Gayborhood podcast; the host of This Way Out Radio's Queerly Yours: Portraits in Courage; and lead mentor of the Shay Foundation Fellowship and the New Visions Fellowship.

  • Lovell Holder, Skylight Theatre 2022
    Lovell Holder
    director (he/him)

    Lovell Holder directed the Broadway reading of Roger Q. Mason's Lavender Men at Circle in the Square in 2019.  He has directed theater in LA at Skylight Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Echo Theater Company, and Rising Phoenix Rep.  He has produced the feature films Some FreaksWorking ManThe End of UsMidday Black Midnight Blue, and Loserville, which he also directed.  Lovell's films have screened at more than 75 film festivals, including SXSW, BFI Flare, and Outfest.  Lovell also co-hosts the podcast Sister Roger's Gayborhood alongside Roger Q. Mason.  He is a graduate of Princeton University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Brown University (MFA).  Instagram: @lovell.holder.

  • Alex Esola, Lavender Men, Skylight Theatre 2022
    Alex Esola
    actor (he/him)

    (Elmer) shared the screen with Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup in Bart Freundlich’s Sony Pictures Classic feature film After the Wedding. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Esola can currently be seen in the independent feature film Tankhouse, directed by Noam Tomaschoff. On the small screen, Alex recurred on Paolo Sorrentino’s HBO limited series The Young Pope, and reprised the role of Freddy Blakestone on the second season, titled The New Pope. He starred opposite Louise Lombard in Lifetime Movie Network's A Student's Obsession, directed by Damián Romay. Alex guest starred on series including Orange is the New Black, Blue Bloods, Law and Order: SVU, Mr. RobotOdd Mom Out, Mysteries of Laura, Scream and Eye Candy. On stage, Alex played Marco in Ivo van Hove’s award winning production of A View From the Bridge at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Alex is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Stella Adler studio.

  • Pete Ploszek, Lavender Men, Skylight Theatre 2022
    Pete Ploszek
    actor (he/him)

    (Abe) will next be seen in the Damien Chazelle film, Babylon. He recently appeared in Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate and in Marvel’s Captain Marvel. He played the role of ‘Leonardo’ in the Paramount franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. He was also a series regular on the Go90 comedy Liberty Crossing, and recurred on MTV’s hit show Teen Wolf.  Other guest roles include Tommy, Superstore, 9-1-1, Freeform’s Stitchers, Showtime’s Shameless, NBC’s Parks & Recreations & Workaholics for Comedy Central. A graduate of Princeton University, where he played football, Pete earned his MFA in Acting from the USC School of Theatre in 2012. His theatre credits include ‘Stefano’ in The Tempest and ‘Trofimov’ in The Cherry Orchard, directed by veteran Broadway actress Kate Burton.



DESIGNERS
SCENIC DESIGN: Stephen Gifford
LIGHTING DESIGN: Dan Weingarten
COSTUME DESIGN: Wendell Carmichael
SOUND DESIGN: Erin Bednarz
PROP DESIGN: Michael O’Hara
ORIGINAL MUSIC: David Gonzalez

PRODUCTION STAFF
STAGE MANAGER: Letitia Change
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Megan Hanna
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Michael Kearns, Tyree Marshall
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
INTIMACY DIRECTOR: Ann C James
DRAMATURG: Dylan Southard
VOGUE CONSULTANT: Cece Suazo
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Cedes Sifuentes
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Christopher Hoffman
SET CONSTRUCTION: Jan Munroe, Wilbur Urbina
SCENIC PAINTING: Stephanie Crothers
MASTER ELECTRICIAN: Claire Chrzan
LIGHT CREW: Coleen Cad Apostol, E.J. Orlando
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne
SOCIAL MEDIA: Kennedy Hill
VIDEOGRAPHER: Seth Dorsey
PRODUCTION PHOTOS: Jenny Graham


Skylight's Artistic Development, Community Engagement Programs and Theatre For All initiatives are made possible through the generous support of our Individual and Foundation donors, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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