Arts & CultureCalendar Picks

Calendar Pick: Torch Song

Maurice Chinnery, Di Quon Wilms, Collin Hendley, Jake Friedman. Credit: Julian Borris.

UGA Theatre opens its fall season with a performance of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning play Torch Song, a powerful work examining interpersonal relationships and sexuality. Torch Song was originally a much longer work entitled Torch Song Trilogy before being condensed into a single work in 2017. The play centers around Arnold Beckoff, a struggling drag queen in New York City, as he navigates unrequited love, the death of his lover, fatherhood and parental perception over the course of several years. The play, released in 1978, was the first on Broadway to be written and performed by an openly gay man, and challenged audience perceptions on love outside of merely heteronormative relationships. The play is directed by Georga Contini and features Collin Hendley as Arnold, Maurice Chinnery as Ed, Di Quon Wilms as Laurel, Jake Friedman as Alan, Aayush Umesh as David and Fiona Schirmer as Ma.

WHO: Torch Song
WHEN: Sept. 29–Oct.1 & Oct. 5–7, 8 p.m. Oct. 2 & Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: UGA Fine Arts Theatre
HOW MUCH: $8–12