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Reviewed: Lady Bunnies “Hung With Care”- Will Keep you Laughing

By Adam Fehn

Let me start this review by saying that I am ashamed to admit knowing next to nothing about Lady Bunny and her rich history in drag culture until I started researching her prior to the show.  I am overjoyed I gave myself the opportunity to catch up with her amazing career. When I realized who she is and that I would be seeing her in person, I was beyond excited! I was about to see a living legend perform on stage! Having completed an interview with Bunny, she gave me a sense of what her show consisted of, but nothing could have prepared me for this. Her holiday show “Hung With Care” was a messy, hilarious, raucous celebration of that ubiquitous holiday we call Christmas and I loved it from start to finish.  

The Triple Door was responsible for playing host to Lady Bunny for this night only and I’m so glad they did. It is hands down one of my favorite venues in Seattle. The atmosphere is intimate and cozy and the servers deftly dodge patrons and furniture alike to make sure that everyone’s whistle never goes dry. I’d drop at least one tray of glasses a night if I were ever to be a server there so I’ll just leave that up to the professionals.  I also have to say the quality and type of shows that they host are always right up my alley. I’ve never had a single negative experience in the Triple Door and I don’t expect I ever will.

The hilarious Strawberry Shartcake was the opener for this evening.  If you are a local, you might know her from the drag Variety show, Bacon Strip, or any one of her shows at Pony.  After laying down some ground rules, it was time for the main event. Out came Lady Bunny with a none too modest black frock, jewels aplenty, hair bigger than the stage and a personality to match.

Now Lady Bunny warned me in her prior interview that the show would be… different, and it certainly was. We happened to be the first stop in this tour, and as such, most of the material was experimental and unpolished. She joked about reading lyrics from stage notes typed in a font big enough for grandma to see, mostly because she couldn’t wear glasses over three-inch lashes.  At one point she dropped one of her huge earrings on the stage and tripped on her gown when she ran into the audience. It was definitely messy, but she played off of each hiccup and made it hilarious. She has probably been doing this longer than I’ve been alive, so of course, she would know how to play to her strengths. Instead of the work in progress that she warned me about, we got sidesplitting chaos that stayed true to her form of comedy.

Throughout the course of the night, we got a little bit of everything in no particular order.  She told some jokes, she did some dancing, she read some of our favorite drag queens for filth, during which, she took no prisoners. She also sang her take on some old holiday favorites including, but certainly not limited to, I Saw Mommy Fisting Santa Clause, Rudolph the Uncut Reindeer, and Have a Holly Molly Christmas. My favorite, though, was her own version of Santa Baby, in which, she got a little angry and shared just what she’s willing to do to see that she gets what she wants.  Apparently, she is not above grilling a reindeer.

Another one my favorite parts of her show is when she took suggestions from the audience, which she of course insisted were written by actual audience members before the show.  One “audience member” asked her to sing and dance to the breakout hit Let it Go from Frozen and boy did she ever! Only her world was full of constipation instead of isolation and it wasn’t her shame that she was letting go of. Other suggestions had her doing impersonations of Kate Bush and singing about all of the diseases she contracted during the twelve days of Christmas.  The highlight of the night, however, was the video she played while freshening up. Now I don’t know exactly how to describe this video. I can only say that it involved a very naked man and Lady Bunny in full drag getting doused by gallons upon gallons of milk. It was truly a spectacle.

Even though the performance itself was a bit rough, I still got a sense of what Lady Bunny is like at her best. This queen is funny to the core and her comedy doesn’t make compromises.  This might be the only time that I enjoyed being the guinea pig for a performer. The pleasure truly was all mine. I look forward to her return to the West coast with a tried and true show to boot, although I’m sure I’ll enjoy whatever it is she dishes out.

Follow Lady Bunny:  Facebook or visit her website.

Reviewed: Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas – Must See!!!!!

By Adam Fehn

Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas might have been the most fun I’ve ever had at a show to date. Scott is a master comedian and performer that knows how to make you laugh so much it hurts. Aside from the comedy, his hosting abilities captured quite a bit of my appreciation as well. As a queer atheist himself, he knows that many people in similar shoes either have or don’t have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday, or don’t know where their beliefs fit into the celebration. A lot of people in our community have to make their own traditions and this is one of the things that prompted him to make the War on Christmas. It certainly made my spirits a little brighter and I’m sure it did for many other audience members as well.

Their venue of choice tonight was Re-Bar, an unassuming little place on the outskirts of Capitol Hill with a bar in the front and a stage in the back. It is a gay-friendly place where you can witness all sorts of events from poetry slams to burlesque shows to stand-up comedy to DJ’s. If it’s alternative and artistic in Seattle, chances are, you’ll find it here. Lucky for me, I happened to find Scott and his wonderful team of collaborators, Adé, Mandy Price, Waxie Moon, and Fageddy Randy.

You know you’re in for a good time when the show starts with a Guns’N’Roses Christmas song Parody. To Scott’s credit, he can sing really well also! After the song it was time to meet everyone. Innocently enough, they each recounted their favorite part about Christmas, which included things like presents, Christmas stories, carols, and of course the old traditions of years past. Fageddy Randy reminisced fondly over the days when he and his family would pray over an altar of bones and sacrifice a virgin. Luckily Mandy Price ran just a little bit faster than him this time.
If you think this sounds off color for a holiday show, you need to see the rest of it. The whole thing reminded me of a cross between the tv show Robot Chicken and a bad acid trip, but in the absolute best way possible. At one point Scott came across an old fruitcake, which reminded him of a show he used to watch when he was younger called “Generously Sauced by Gladys Swillwell”. They cut to a prerecorded video of Scott in drag drunkenly making a fruitcake. The whole thing was obviously a dig on Julia Childe’s old tv show, but it had me laughing till I cried real tears. If Scott ever wanted to make a spin-off show based on this character, I would buy every single ticket.

After all of the reminiscing, it was time for everyone to decorate the tree, but Waxie Moon was so excited that he had already decorated himself. Unfortunately for Waxie, the spirit of their actual tree came alive just in time. Apparently, trees are gay and they demand to be decorated impeccably. I certainly can’t refute that. Because Waxie’s sense of style wasn’t up to snuff, there was only one thing left to do; take his costume off piece by piece. I do love a good burlesque and Waxie is one of the best in the business.

Decorating the Christmas tree is an important part of Christmas, but that isn’t what matters to Scott. To him, the most important part of the holiday is his presents and he is still yearning for the one present that he never got in 1984. He wanted a cabbage patch doll, but instead received a He-Man action figure. Well, if you’re still dealing with the loss of a treasured toy and you end up eating a little bit too much-spiked fruit cake, it stands to reason that you would have a super weird dream about it. In this dream, the cabbage patch kid became real and started dance fighting He-Man. See what I mean about an acid trip? It was so over the top that I could, once again, not stop laughing and this was only act one.

Act 2 saw Scott making his way to the North Pole by way of a cracked out reindeer in search of his beloved toy. Here he met Mrs. Claus and Santa’s new lover, Jolly the elf. She knew that she couldn’t hold a candle to Santa’s new boy toy so she dealt with it the only way she could, by signing a hilarious parody of Jolene. After listening to her problems and being offered her version of a cabbage patch kid (pantyhose stuffed and tied together to somewhat resemble a doll that she called a lettuce leaf kid), Scott was visited by the spirit of Christmas presents, the North Pole’s version of customer service.

You’d think in today’s day and age people would have learned by now, you never fuck with customer service. It didn’t take long for the spirit of Christmas presents to officially put him on the naughty list. As punishment, he got a little visit from our favorite child-snatching demon, Krampus. A few traumatic minutes later, Scott woke up and realized that it was all just a bad dream brought on by the old fruitcake he had eaten earlier. In a twist of fate, and after throwing a rather large tantrum, the doorbell rang. The War on Christmas Dancers had bought him his long-lost Cabbage Patch Kid from so many years ago, thus reinforcing all of the crappy behavior he had exhibited for the entire show.

Right after I left Re-Bar, I realized that I could watch that show again and again (I’m still strongly considering buying another ticket). It was not only fun and hilarious but in a season when everything down to the tv commercials you watch on tv has a message to convey, the one presented by Scott is by far my favorite. Despite there being so many people in this world that have holidays around this time of year, some people think that it can only be separated one way and any deviation whatsoever is seen as a war against Christmas. Those people are morons and you can celebrate any damn way you please. Whether you choose to decorate a Christmas tree, or you choose to watch a raunchy Christmas show every year (my new tradition), it’s your choice and it will always be the right decision.

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Lady Bunny -Hung With Care at The Triple Door, Seattle Dec. 5th

Today I have the distinct honor of asking the one and only Lady Bunny a few questions about what she’s been up to lately and about her upcoming Holiday Show, “Hung With Care”. Lady Bunny is a Southern Queen originally hailing from Chattanooga, TN. As a young performer, she started doing drag in Atlanta, Ga. and subsequently crashing the New York City drag scene in the 80’s, the city, that she’s called home ever since. She made a name for herself as the reigning comedy queen of NYC, where she spews her unapologetic brand of humor. It is that humor which has made gays roar with laughter for ages. Lucky for us, she is headed to Seattle’s Triple Door on December 5th.

Lady Bunny, thank you so much for taking the time to answer this poor meager gay’s questions. I seriously, am not worthy, but since we’re here, and you already agreed, I suppose we should just jump right in.

You are very welcome and let’s do it!

You’re no stranger to Seattle, having performed at Julia’s on Broadway in 2011, Neighbors in 2014, the Egyptian Theater last year for Trans-Jester and earlier this year for National Treasures (and those are just the ones I know about). I’m interested to hear your take on Seattle’s drag Scene, given your extensive history in drag culture. Have you noticed any differences or similarities to other cities where you’ve performed?

Seattle does have it’s own spin on drag, but it isn’t limited to any one type of performer. Julia’s, is a bit more traditional with celebrity impersonations and the like, but then there’s also the zany Dina Martina, who has carved out a very mixed crowd in Seattle and now has a large national following. BenDeLaCreme is part of the vintage burlesque scene popular in those parts, while Jinkx screams ALTERNATIVE with her live singing and original tunes. Mark Finley, is lovable trash with a hint of theater. Mama Tits, shares Mark’s theatrical vibe, but she isn’t at all lovable. KIDDING!

I haven’t been lucky enough to see one of your shows in person yet, but from what clips I’ve seen and articles I’ve read, I think it’s safe to say not all of your jokes can be described as “P.C.”. I can imagine, it is received very differently depending on your location, the audience, and even night to night. Has this ever affected your humor and the jokes you decided to include, or do you think it’s important to stick to your brand now more than ever?

A lot of people connect my name to organizing Wigstock and DJing, without necessarily knowing what to expect, if they get tickets for a one hour performance. I’m definitely not PC, and am definitely too twisted to receive even an R rating. But my sense of humor was developed in front of drunken nightclub audiences, who appreciated filth. The challenge was to shock them, so I rose to it. And as much as I enjoy raunch, I know that everyone doesn’t. So, I typically put a warning on the ticket link, warning people that my humor is not PC and does not want to be. That way they aren’t unpleasantly surprised. I even urge people to skip my shows—including my mom—if they don’t enjoy offensive humor. I’m too blue for even some gay pride outdoor events. Seattle can be very PC, but I think over the years, I’ve found my audience there. From The Cuff at Pride, working with Qurb magazine and roasting my pal Mark Finley.

What bugs me is this notion, that I’ve seen applied to other queens who are picketed or protested due to their content. My attitude is if you don’t like something, don’t go see it. Why try shut it down? Are you that bored? I don’t like seeing football players getting their heads bashed in on a field which develop into serious health issues later. But, I have better things to do with my life than picket stadiums.

Comedy aside, there is another side to your drag that really entices me. In all of your previous interviews you came off as kind of a wise motherly figure, (albeit one with daggers in her teeth). You’re a wealth of information regarding LGBTQ history, and you have been very outspoken regarding inclusion in the drag community. In a time when it seems like everyone wants drag queens to fit into a specific mold, you encourage people to turn off their tv’s and experience their local queens in person. What advice do you have for people looking to experience drag, or even gets their hands dirty and put on a wig themselves?

I’m sick of cookie cutter drag. If RuPaul wears a flower in her hair, every queen in the nation does. When Bianca won with heavy lower lashes, many queens aped her style. Now, they will do Trixie Mattel-Inspired make-up. Cookie cutter is the opposite of creative. I’m not here to fit into anyone else’s mold. Instead of copying other queens, why not develop your own style? I also find it odd that I’m often approached by younger performers begging for tips. Well, I was given wonderful tips before I even knew that drag would be my career. The older queens took me under their wing because I clearly needed help, but also since they could recognize a kernel of talent in me. If their instincts about me were correct, they hoped that I might add something to a craft which was their livelihood. So while I didn’t have a specific drag mom, I was grateful for these time-honored tips from much more established peers. To some degree the older queens must have felt I’d earned them. Now these tips are readily available to all in endless youtube makeup tutorials, which I never want to see another of. If you spend hours on your make-up and look ridiculously gorgeous, that’s step #1. But step #2 is walking on stage. If you have less talent than looks, you won’t hold my interest beyond that first burst of applause, based on your look. I’m more interested in performers than Instagram stars with flawless make-up.

You recently revived Wigstock with Neil Patrick Harris of all people. What was it like to work with him and his husband and what does it mean to you to resurrect this iconic event after 17 years?

Wigstock is my baby, but after 20 years of the festival, I needed a 17 year long break! Neil and his boyfriend David Burtqa approached me, and I think we all found that we worked very well together. They’re good people, but we hit a road bump during the Wigstock reboot. Both helped us soar right through the process, with their very positive attitudes and their own considerable connections. So, the show in September was a hit! I loved working with them. Neil and David are genuine drag fans. Like me, they’re NYC residents who just want to bring that some of that freak factor back to a very corporate and slick city, which could use some grit like the kooky queens of Wigstock. (Dina came up from Provincetown and was a highlight.) I think Neil also wanted to show an edgier side of himself after starring in Hedwig. Sometimes that drag bug can be highly addictive.

Now on to your holiday show! In the hilarious promo video, you got yourself into some precarious situations with Santa Claus. Can you give your future audience a little sense of what to expect when they roll up at the Triple Door?

The perfect antidote to Xmas songs, which are inescapable from the day after Halloween through New Years is to butcher every holiday tune with demented parodies. So prepare for dirty ditties like, I Saw Daddy Fisting Santa Claus, A Holly Molly Christmas and The Restroom Door Said Gentlemen. I also screen a banned from youtube video, while changing costumes, which I consider my very best comedy. But it is filthy!

I’m not a huge fan of Christmas myself and I feel like, based on your comedy, you could go either way. Either you purposely love to make a mockery of the overly commercialized holiday, or you love it and your holiday show is a labor of love. Can you tell me what made you want to do this show?

I love Thanksgiving, since it’s not a religious day and if you’re even alive you have something to be grateful for. While I’m in agreement with your take on Xmas, and my show is celebrating “Jesus’s birthday” with an atheist potty mouth, I do see Christmas, as a time for people to be nicer to each other. Call it “holiday magic”, or whatever, but the lights and the holiday cheer—ie desserts and alcohol—do eventually seduce me. During the month of December, I’ve noticed that people do tend to be more likely to make eye contact, hold the door for someone or strike up a conversation with a stranger. Even though others (especially my age group) hates Santacon, and see it as a millennial drunkfest, I absolutely love it. How can I put on a drag festival and frown on people hitting the streets to bug out with their Santa costumes? (Even if they are vomiting in doorways during the daytime.) The more we actually get together in person, the less time we spend on social media with friends who we’ve never met.

As far as why I want to do the show, I already have some Xmas material which can only be performed around this time of year. And along with my co-writer Beryl Mendelbaum, I’ve added a ton of new stuff this year. Last year’s NYC run sold out every show, so I must be onto something. And Dina Martina advised me to do an annual holiday show years ago. Hers has certainly become a smash, so I took her advice. Just not her make-up tips!

Lady Bunny, thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions, but more importantly, I want to thank you on behalf Seattle itself for gracing us all with your presence. I’m looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday for a night of filth and raucous laughter. There are currently no upcoming events listed on her website so if you haven’t purchased your tickets, do it now before you miss out!

Follow Lady Bunny:  Facebook or visit her website.

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SM WEB DRAMA SERIES MERCY MISTRESS EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY MARGARET CHO COMING… JAN 7

Based on the real life of professional dominatrix Yin Q.

Asian-Femme-focused digital drama explores the complexities of our secret taboos: Bondage, Submission, Sado-Masochism, Fetish, and Kink.

Museum Of Sex to host Red Carpet Premiere

EW YORK – In a surprise announcement from her private lair, Margaret Cho announced last week that “I have joined an amazing new series, Mercy Mistress, as an Exec Producer. You will watch.”

Mercy Mistress is based on a memoir by Yin Q. The show follows the character Mistress Yin, played by Poppy Liu, as a queer, first-gen, Chinese-American professional and lifestyle dominatrix in Manhattan. Season 1 is directed entirely by Amanda Madden, and produced by a primarily woman-led crew, with support of the POC, Asian American, queer, and kink communities. The show simultaneously explores immigrant life, stories of Asian culture in America, the struggles and challenges of sex workers, and authentic experiences in the kink world.

It is likely NSFW, so adventure with discretion!

Yin Q said “We are thrilled to bring Mercy Mistress to the communities it represents, as well as to the greater audience. I am personally ecstatic to work with the legendary Margaret Cho. She has long championed the myriad voices inside and behind this series.”

Cho added “Yin’s universe, executed by Amanda and inhabited by Poppy, embodies the wonderful mad mix of diverse people living in our world, and making art in our culture. Unfortunately, these very voices – the Sex Worker, the Chinese Immigrant, the Asian Woman, the secret Kink – often remain invisible. It’s an honor to help get them seen.”

Cho and her partners Sarah Martin and Jessie Boemper also join Mercy Mistress as Executive Producers, along with their frequent collaborator, Evan Shapiro. Together the team recently announced their sale of comedy series Almost Asian, a series which takes on the Asian American experience from a significantly lighter tone.

Cho’s declaration came via Instagram, with an announcement that the first episode of Mercy Mistress dropped on the show’s YouTube page (www.bit.ly/watchmercymistress). The series, which will be released on January 7, will be celebrated at The Museum of Sex in NYC with an exclusive premiere experience.

SHADOWLANDS interview with actor Sean C. Dwyer

By Charlie David

Shadowlands is a TV miniseries exploring the heartfelt, and sometimes heartbreaking passion and pain of gay sexuality. Ancient myths are re-imagined with an exciting queer twist masterfully depicting the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.

Today we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to Sean C. Dwyer, one of the stars of the ‘Narcissus’ episode of the brand new Shadowlands miniseries.

The Shadowlands TV show is comprised of three distinct stories exploring love. In the Narcissus episode of the Shadowlands TV show, Sean C. Dwyer plays a Alex, a plastic surgeon hell bent on perfection, hosting a house party with an assortment of colorful guests. Amid romantic misfires it becomes apparent that the only person Alex is interested in is himself.

There are story connections between the three episodes of Shadowlands. You can read about them here.

Charlie David: Tell us about the Narcissus story in Shadowlands. What were the main challenges and fears you had in creating the role of Alex?

Sean C. Dwyer: In the first episode of Shadowlands, ‘Narcissus’, my character is self-obsessed, perfection-obsessed and pursuit-obsessed; a constant search for the ideal in himself, his creation and his work.

My main challenges were creating a realistic character who is already nearly at the peak of his insanity; we see him for one evening, the last evening of his life, and everything that he has been and has become must be present in his current being. I wouldn’t say I had any particular fears- I was far too excited, stimulated and jonesing!

Charlie David: How much of yourself goes into a character when it’s as unhinged as your role of Alex in ‘Narcissus’?

Sean C. Dwyer: Certainly a lot; as an actor – you yourself are the clay, the canvas and even the array of tools used to create the character. Even any kind of influences or inspirations used to develop the character are filtered through your own perspective.
At the same time, the interactions with other characters, the thoughts of the director… and then a lot of the technical aspects in production do a lot to create the character, the editing, the sound… all determine how the audience receives the character and that, ultimately, is what the character will be!

Charlie David: How much were you able to relate your own experiences to create the character of Alex in Narcissus? And how much did you have to research or imagine?

Sean C. Dwyer: This character is particularly insane, particularly driven and particularly fatal; he is ready to draw blood, ready to draw his own blood in his pursuit… I actually do have a lot of all of those things in me on some level; I have drawn my own blood in strange pursuits; like a wart I had for a good long while that just got too irritating and I literally cut it out of me… losing blood made me feel like “why are we putting things in ourselves to get high when we could take things out of ourselves…”

I didn’t really follow that thought up with consistent practice, ha. I also feel pretty crazy sometimes, and I’m not the only one, and I drive forward with my goals and pursuits rather relentlessly… at the same time, there was most definitely a need to imagine what cutting oneself would literally be like, where someone’s mental state would fully have to go to get there… would he be happy, sad, angry doing it…. the most important connection ultimately, was that there is a lot going on in our minds and it comes out sometimes smooth in precise speech and action, and sometimes very rough.

Charlie David: The stories in the Shadowlands TV show were inspired by the Shadowlands book which was inspired by Greek mythology. What was your experience in creating a remix of an ancient classical tale like Narcissus?

Sean C. Dwyer: I am familiar with the old stories, and I looked at Narcissus specifically for this project, and strangely enough I had a few projects with this character and concept going on in the last little while, so research overlapped and even performances fed each other.

And then the Berlin 1920s context gave a lot of space for exploration of course. Acting is all about building up a big pile of knowledge and experience and then throwing it carelessly up into the air, hoping that some of it sticks, but ultimately striding through the aftermath like you own the place.

Charlie David: What aspects of the Shadowlands TV show are you excited for an audience to experience or discover?

Sean C. Dwyer: There are many aspects! Twisty endings, unexpected turns, artistic pleasure, emotion, passion, taboo-testing and pushing the envelope. I hope that the audience will come with us on our downward (and all around) spiral and be inspired to get dirty!

Charlie David: Each story or episode is unique and has its own world of characters, time and place. And yet there are connections between them. Were you aware of these connections while filming or was it a surprise to learn later?

Sean C. Dwyer: I became fleetingly at first and then more and more aware of them… I think it works as it happened… like you think you are the center of the universe and then you learn progressively that there are worlds beyond you and then that you are interconnected with those worlds in a larger world or plan.

Meeting actors from the other shows who in our show were simply background, using elements from the other episodes in very explicit ways, like humming a song from one of them and turning it on it’s head- but not knowing quite how it passed in the other episode because it had not been shot or certainly edited yet! Very fun and stimulating to be a part of and to integrate into my performance!

Charlie David: Romance between men and between women was common place and written about in Greek and Roman mythology. Why is it important to continue sharing these types of stories today?

Sean C. Dwyer: It continues to be an important part of society today, certainly; it is absolutely critical to share everyone’s stories together, no less these kinds of stories that can potentially involve absolutely everyone in society in one way or another.

I speak as a heterosexual cis gendered Irish-heritage man, who is very grateful for all of the experiences of open-mindedness and taboo-bursting and even just simply knowing all sorts of people with all sorts of life-experiences… it is the completely necessary response to a lot of the issues going on today; knowing each other, sharing stories with each other, even the dark ones!

Charlie David: What was the hardest scene for you to do in Narcissus and why?

Sean C. Dwyer: I loved it all, I was excited to jump into it all (even into the pool at 5am yes!) and everyone was just so darn supportive and awesome and we were so in this together… I mean the last sequence I was really in the zone and wanted to remain there while made up and between scenes, so I had to ask the Director to convey to the others to refrain from jokes and snickering and chit-chat between takes and everyone was totally cool with that, and we were all back to good, fun times once we were done and I had my face back!

Charlie David: Who is a major influence for you and on your creativity?

Sean C. Dwyer: There are many… perhaps if I have to say one, it would be Batman? I strive to live in that example however fictional it may be; obsession, striving, constant work, costume, seriousness, darkness, running the edge of madness, constant self-improvement and self-less-ness… there are many aspects within him that I have striven to see live in me. Charles Dickens, Data from Star Trek TNG, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and Mel Gibson… the list goes on!

Charlie David: Is there a type of role you dream of playing but haven’t had the opportunity yet?

Sean C. Dwyer: My type seems to be becoming more and more American Psycho, and I am alright with that! It might even lead to playing Batman! (It did for Christian Bale!) I love superheros, and I have played a variety of superheros, but I would like to play an ultra-realistic superhero, dark and brooding. An android… a space explorer… Virgil in an adaptation of Dante’s Inferno… the list goes on!

Charlie David: In addition to acting, tell me about the other areas of entertainment you’re pursuing.

Sean C. Dwyer: Specifically entertainment? Well, that would be writing scripts and directing… I love editing and don’t get enough opportunity to do that. I’m a lawyer, but NOT an entertainment lawyer, as a lawyer it is social justice for me… criminal, youth, family… research for acting perhaps!
I love painting and drawing as well, but those are areas just for me privately; no outside judgement, what I do will be good enough for me and that’s good enough! Entirely my creation, haha.

Charlie David: With so much going on in the world today, what’s your motivation to be a performer? Do you act to explain? To get away? To move past? To widen our knowledge? To incite a conversation?

Sean C. Dwyer: All of these reasons are excellent reasons and most definitely inspire me in various roles, from role to role it can be all of them, a few, just one or none at all. I do want to engage in current debates; like telling marginal stories and including all different types of peoples in the dominant narrative.
To instill hope, but inspire action, to engage in possible worlds as much as in hard reality. To teach and learn, to work through difficult moments in the past… like any experience from a relationship to a hike to a single breath, each is its own! But hopefully everything we do gets people talking, yes!

Charlie David: What’s next for you as a creator/actor/performer?

Sean C. Dwyer: I have a few projects on the go right now, from my own writing-directing for a sci-fi short film to playing Alexander Mackenzie in an Ontario history piece, a few rapists and chauvinists in some pieces and a few good men in others!

I’d like to send out grateful vibes and positive karma to everyone involved in the Narcissus episode of Shadowlands; awesome to see it growing, OutTV and all of the opportunity that it brings to the Canadian industry and the LGBT community; onwards and upwards!

Where can fans find you?
Website: www.seancdwyer.com
Facebook, Instagram: @seancdwyer
Twitter: @seancd

NETFLIX – Alex Strangelove

ALEX STRANGELOVE tells the story of Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny), a well-rounded high school senior with a wonderful girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) and a bright future ahead of him – and with plans to achieve his last teenage milestone by losing his virginity. But things get complicated when he meets Elliot (Antonio Marziale), a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town, who unwittingly sends Alex on a rollercoaster journey of sexual exploration, kicking off a hilarious and moving adventure of love, sex and friendship in our liberated and confusing modern times.
Director: Craig Johnson
Writer: Craig Johnson
Producer: Ben Stiller, Nicky Weinstock, Jared Ian Goldman
Cast: Daniel Doheny, William Ragsdale, Joanna Adler, Isabella Amara

 

Seek and Find

 By Jeremy Sanders

Eric Henry’s debut film, Seek, centers on Evan, a young, gay newspaper writer who attempts to shake off a lost love by taking on an assignment profiling Hunter, an alluring gay club promoter.   Around the guys are a host of other twenty-something urbanites, all longing for the same thing – approval. Whether it’s by the in-crowd, the hottie across the bar or in the industry they work, all strive for something greater, failing to appreciate what they already have.

The film is currently touring the LGBT film festival circuit and has been gaining attention for being different from the usual gay fare.  Seek doesn’t portray gays as victims, nor does it rely on hard-bodied men in thongs to get attention.  It’s an honest look at life in the modern gay ghetto and our natural desire to be movin’ on up.

What is it about gay nightlife that fascinates you?

Director Eric Henry:  I find it fascinating how some creative people can tap into what crowds want and create these parties and events that make a lot of money.  Trying to figure out how and why one bar or club fails while another succeeds is a conversation I like having with friends.

Seek takes place in Toronto’s gay village.  Are all the world’s gayborhoods essentially the same? 

If you pick up any local gay magazine, you are going to see similar pictures of men in underwear, partying twinks, and drag queen divas but the flavor of every city is different.  Local talent, food, music, art and humor combine to shape the community.  It is those differences that make visiting different cities enjoyable.

How did you cast the actors?  

castI first saw Ryan Fisher at a bar in Toronto but I was too nervous to talk to him.  I wrote the character of Hunter with him in mind without ever meeting him.   Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski (Evan), I discovered though his work in various stage plays all over Toronto. And then with Matthew Ludwinski, I saw him in the movie, Going Down in La La Land.  I knew it would be valuable to have at least one actor that most audiences already knew and I thought he would be perfect to play Jordan in the film.

Was it challenging to make a film centered around gay nightlife?

Surprisingly no.  Most nightclubs are only open on weekends or at night.  So going in and shooting on a Tuesday morning is easy.  All we had to have was someone unlock the door and turn on the club lights.  We were also very lucky to have the support of local clubs and businesses. Toronto is a friendly city for film making, so we had no trouble shooting on the streets.

Do you worry straight viewers may not be able to connect with the film?

The characters of Seek all want to be a part of something and loved.  They want to be accepted by the people around them.  I think everyone from every walk of life can relate to that.

Do you worry about being pigeon holed as a gay director?

Not really.  As I grow and develop in my film career, I have to trust that any style or artistry I demonstrate will be considered first before my sexual orientation.

What topics would you like to explore in future films?

I would really like to explore how the different sub groups of gay culture manage to co-exist with one another.  I would also like to explore a gay relationship between two men who are together not because they want to be with one another, but because they want to be one another.

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Visit www.seekthefilm.com to see showing dates and times and learn more about cast.

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“GAYS: The Series”

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GAYS: THE SERIES CONTINUES ITS FABULOUS RUN WITH EPISODES
THREE AND FOUR

New original web series, “GAYS,” premieres Episodes Three
and Four on March 16, 2014

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Following the release of a sexy teaser trailer, and the launch of a buzz
generating social media blitz, GAYS, a new half hour original series about—you
guessed it—a group of gay friends in New York City, premiered on January 12th
2014. The first two episodes went live at gaystheseries.com, as well as on VIMEO, while cast, crew and
the extended Gays family screened them at a packed premiere party. The event
took place at XES lounge, a late night staple in New York City’s famed
neighborhood of Chelsea. Not only did XES host the GAYS premiere, but it also
features prominently in the show, as do many New York City landmark
spaces.

Strategically timed to premiere the same day as HBO’s
GIRLS, GAYS continues to hope to reach a similar, if broader, crowd. Paying
homage to, rather than spoofing, the HBO series, GAYS is about four friends
trying to make it in New York City. Though the lead characters can be defined as
gay, the series aims to transcend labels, rather conveying the struggles that
any group 20-something friends faces when living and working in NYC. Episodes
three and four take us deeper into the lives of this relatable, flawed and funny
group. The episodes will go live March 16th 2014, and screen at another exciting
premiere party, this time at Therapy in Hells Kitchen.

“I wanted to create a show that followed the lives of four men who happened to be gay, but
the show was actually about the bigger universal aspects of life that all of us
people deal with: love, work problems, friendship, family, etc.,“ remarks Peter
William Dunn, the native New Yorker who conceived and penned GAYS. With the
uptick in original gay content, particularly in the online sphere, GAYS
characterizes itself apart from the rest: as a true slice-of-life—from the glitz
and glam to the harrowing and humiliating—everything one feels in a typical day.
“The most fascinating thing with people is that we’re all so different, yet
we’re all so shockingly the same That’s what I hope viewers will take away from
the show, the realization that the LGBT characters in GAYS are relatable, real
and emotionally accessible to everyone, no matter sexual orientation or gender
identity/expression.”

So far, Dunn has made good on those aims.
The show has garnered numerous write-ups and a wealth of online buzz. Gays’
social media reveals a growing fan base, eagerly awaiting the rest of their
freshman season, and praising the show for a fresh, honest, captivating take on
it’s subject matter. Thanks to fans, Gays was chosen as the Number One Indie
Series of the Week and Peter Dunn was named Favorite Actor of the week on welovesoaps.net, shortly after
the series debut. Initially just an idea of Dunn’s, things got real in the
latter half of 2013, and his passion project became that of the whole GAYS
family, as they now refer to themselves. The investment of the GAYS cast and
crew has been remarkable—and with a limited budget, it is for a true belief in
and commitment to the project that they have logged 70-80 hour shooting weeks,
and an intense, location-based schedule that traversed New York City, often
during the same day. As Jay William Thomas, who plays Jackson, noted, “GAYS
opened me up to an entirely new world. It’s made me more aware of who I am as a
person, actor and friend. When you realize that the people you work with are
becoming your family, that’s a good feeling. Everyone should strive for
that.”

As authenticity was important to the filming, GAYS was
shot entirely on location in NYC: from key city landscapes such as Central Park
and Coney Island to New York cultural institutions such as The Village
Underground and Tribeca Cinemas to local merchants such as Mezetto and V Bar as
well as those with gay ties such as Suite bar and XES.

Aside from Thomas and Dunn, who is acting as well, the GAYS main characters are played
by model/actor Thomas Gibbons and NYC nightlife personality Markus Kelle.
Rounding out the cast during Season 1 are Justin Garascia, Peter Giessl, Marina
Pulido and Corey Wright. GAYS will also co-star comedian Lynne Koplitz,
currently of WE’s Joan Knows Best, as well Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny.
The series was shot by Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Ed
Blythe.

Episodes and content will continue to become available
online over the coming months.

Media Contacts

Peter
William Dunn: gaystheseries@gmail.com

Ian Patrick:
ianlpatrick@yahoo.com

Additional
information about GAYS:

www.gaystheseries.com

www.facebook.com/gaystheseries

www.twitter.com/gaystheseries

Instagram:
gaystheseries