Season 4/TBD

Production To Be Determined

Triangle Circle Players is considering multiple plays for our upcoming season. It may be one of the following.

However if you have a suggestion for a play or musical that we should consider, please Contact Us and give us your suggestion!

UNDER CONSIDERATION:

Looking for Normal
Jane Anderson
Roy and Irma have been married for twenty-five years. They have two children. They live in the heartland. They’ve respected members of their church and their community. When Roy and Irma go to their pastor for marriage counseling, Roy confesses he’s a woman trapped in a man’s body and would like to have a sex change. As would be expected, Irma throws Roy out of the house. But their bond as a couple is stronger than either of them imagined, and eventually Irma finds a way to make peace with this unfathomable situation and accept her transformed husband as her lifelong mate. They not only have to wrestle with the meaning of their marriage, they must deal with the delicate dynamics of their family as well. Roy is burdened by his father’s stubborn assesment of his manhood and his mother’s sad acceptance of life’s cruelties. Irma, in the midst of menopause, is struggling with her adolesdent tomboy daughter Patty Ann, who is raging against the injustices of her budding hormones. And the grown and absent son Wayne, who has always bemoaned his father’s emotional limitations, is now outraged by his father’s desire to be a woman. Overseeing it all is Roy’s legendary greandmother, who left her husband and son to pursue her own sexual and emotional needs. The play explores the complexities of marriage, family and deconstructs the very notion of love. [2002]

Former HBO movie & DVD titled “Normal” (5-star on Amazon & other sites):

In a Nutshell – from the Director:

Many of us harbor a secret in our lives about something we may have done, or something we are unhappy about, that we want to keep secret. Or if not us, we know a family member who has. Sometimes we live with that secret looming over our heads, and sometimes we are discovered, or it just becomes too much for us to bear, and we come clean about it, often at the expense of others. Whether it’s someone coming out as gay, abandonment, adoption issues, in-breeding, hidden diseases, marital affairs or a host of other issues that may relate to living a lie – we have all been there. And if and when these secrets are made public, the shit often hits the fan, lifting a burden from the 1 person whose secret is now out, while the rest of the family and friends are left wondering what the fuck happened? Looking for Normal is a story about this type of situation. And in this family’s case, the secret is that the middle-aged dad everyone loves, has felt all his life that he is a woman trapped in a man’s body – and he feels it’s time to do something about it because he is so unhappy and miserable. But ultimately the play is about self-love, acceptance and love conquering all. The dad needs to love himself and the family needs to accept his differences and show their love, support and acceptance. And for Roy & Irma, they took marriage vows and stuck with them even through a sex change; true love kept them together. These types of family crisis moments often makes us stronger and brings us closer together. This is a story about how it became unraveled and then glued back together for Roy and Irma’s family.

Cast

  • Roy – (born male, transgender to female) middle-American and middle-aged (45). Not outwardly effeminate at all; masculine.
  • Irma – (female) Roy’s wife; also middle-aged, going through menopause.
  • Wayne – (male) Roy and Irma’s son (22 years old); in a band – a roadie.
  • Patty Ann – (female) Roy and Irma’s daughter; 13; a tomboy, going through puberty.
  • Reverend Muncie – (male) Their pastor.
  • Roy Senior – (male) Roy’s father, a farmer.
  • Em – (female) Roy’s mother and Roy Senior’s wife, a farmer’s wife.
  • Frank – (male) Roy’s boss at the John Deere plant.
  • Grandmother Ruth – (female) Roy’s deceased bisexual grandmother’s spirit, from another time.

Place

  • Somewhere in Ohio

Time

  • The present. Act 1 = Feb/Mar (tax time). And by the time you get to the end of the play, 1 year has gone by (the play starts with Roy & Irma’s anniversary and ends with it the following year).

Character Analysis

Roy and Irma’s friends and family think they are the perfect couple, and lead a happy family life. Prior to the time period of the play, Roy and Irma have never really fought, through their 25 years together. Although they are active in their church, neither one of them are really Bible Thumpers.

  • Roy/[Ruth] – Even keeled guy. Not easily excitable. Respected by his community. Very involved in his local church. Boss at his work. However he knows he has been living a lie all his life. And his internal torment has been building for many years. He does love his wife and does not want to hurt her, but he can no longer go on hurting. His son has moved out of the house and his daughter is now a teen. He has been getting migraines due to the stress of what he is holding in, but he has not told his wife yet at the beginning of the story. He does not want to hurt his wife, or continue hurting himself. He also does not want to be ostracized by his congregation – but that is later what happens.
  • Irma – Tends to “correct” Roy a lot. Or rather she states what she believes Roy is thinking/feeling – or rather what she expects him to think/feel. Roy does not often correct her. Irma has sensed a strain in the marriage but she doesn’t know what it is. Irma has been less involved with her church than Roy has been. Irma majored in Accounting during college. She tends to look at things with logic and she likes to have control.
  • Wayne – He is a rebel and a free spirit. He has been traveling with his band. His job is to setup the bands equipment. He is living life and enjoys drinking with his buddies and sex with many women. He is a bit of a tough guy. Never had much of a relationship with his father; never talked with him much. He does not want to see his mother get hurt and he doesn’t take well to his father’s changes. He loves his little sister though he doesn’t get to see her much anymore.
  • Patty Ann – She is a tomboy. Likes to dress in boys or mens clothes and does not like girly things. She actually takes to her father’s changes very well. She thinks it’s cool. She doesn’t want to go through puberty and get boobs, her period, etc. She’d rather get muscles like a man. Could she be her father in reverse? She does have girls who are friends but she feels a bit out of place, as she doesn’t like the girly things. Plus they call her a lezzie.
  • Reverend Muncie – Muncie is a Bible Thumper. He’s also two-faced. On one hand he plays your best friend and confidant. And although he told Roy that he feels that it’s morally untenable for Roy to surgically disfigure and change the body that God gave him, Muncie also implied to Roy that he would still accept Roy as a member of his congregation even after a sex change. But he does not. He later has Roy (Ruth) quietly escorted from his church. Muncie doesn’t really believe that Roy is a woman trapped in a mans body. He believes that the Bible will provide answers for everything. He believes the man should be in control of the home and women subservient.
  • Roy Senior – He never had the love of a mother; his mother, Grandmother Ruth, left when he was only 3. He is very conservative. He’s getting Alzheimer’s. He wanted his only son (out of 5 kids, all other girls, Roy is youngest) to take over his family farm, which has been in the family for 100 years (started with Roy Sr’s grandfather). He has a lot of resentment toward his son Roy Jr because he finally got a son that could help on the farm and take it over, yet his son never showed an interested in the farm. He has always thought of his son as a sissy – even caught him dressing in one of his sister’s dresses one time. Instead of Roy running the farm, the eldest daughter (Becky) is now running it, but she has no kids; the family farm stops with her. Roy Sr was a bit of a bastard to his son. Roy Sr thought he was doing the right thing by beating his son.
  • Em – She’s much more laid back than Roy Sr. She knew Roy Jr played with his sisters dolls and was a bit of a sissy, but she didn’t care about that. She loved her son and wanted him to be happy. Yet she knows Roy Sr wore the pants in the family so what he says, goes.
  • Frank – Frank is a nice guy and he wants what’s best for Roy and Irma. He knows life can be tough. He’s married to a woman who may be on medication for being a manic depressant. His marriage has been rocky because his wife tends to go offer her meds then she becomes a problem. Frank is somewhat attracted to Irma, especially when finding that she is in a situation similar to his, at home without a partner.
  • Grandmother Ruth – She was also a tomboy and dressed often in men’s clothing. She hung out with drag queens, some masculine some not. She comes to her grandson Roy’s defense, from beyond the grave. She died when Roy Sr was only 4. She volunteered as a nurse in Germany during WWI. Her husband had lost a foot in a harvesting accident and couldn’t go to war. She did not love her son. She never wanted kids; her husband wanted 6. She finally sent her son a letter when he was 17; she felt she owed it to him to tell him that she was still alive and wished him well.

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Sordid Lives
Del Shores
This is an outrageous “black comedy about white trash”, says playwright, Del Shores. Winner! 14 Drama League awards including Best Production. The author of Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?) brings you a comedy that was nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles. The ensemble cast of Sordid Lives puts a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and “coming out” in a Texas family, as they all converge for the matriarch’s funeral. The eccentric characters include: a mother who is wound too tight and in denial over her gay son, a barfly/singer at the local watering hole, a cheating heart whose wooden legs accidentally aid in the death of his mistress, Peggy, a good Christian woman (and the family matriarch), in a motel room, a transexual who lives in a mental institution as Tammy Wynette, and a dozen others too unbelievable to mention. Chaos erupts in Winters, Texas, when the cheating heart’s wife tries her hand at revenge therapy inspired by “Thelma & Louise” along with her best friend. Their lives intertwine, giving each a new perspective, honesty and meaning. [1996; revised 2005]

Former HBO movie & DVD (5-star on Amazon & other sites):

And later a series on LOGO:

In A Nutshell: From the Director

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Holding The Man
Tommy Murphy
The course of teenage love rarely runs smooth, but it is a white-water adventure if you are a gay boy in an all-male school in 1970s Melbourne with a crush on the captain of the football team. Still, despite the odds, Tim and John become close and for fifteen years their relationship survives everything life throws at it – the separations, the discriminations, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve turns up to part them. “Holding the Man” has become one of the most successful Australian stage productions in recent years, breaking box office records, achieving a total of 4 sell out seasons in Sydney, and collecting numerous awards including 2007 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play, the 2007 AWGIE for Best Play and the Philip Parsons Award. [2010]

Corpus Christi
Terrence McNally
A retelling of the end of the life of Jesus, with the assumption  that Jesus and Judas were lovers (in the Biblical sense). [1998]

Lips Together Teeth Apart
Terrence McNally
Two heterosexual couples vacation in a Fire Island house one of the wives inherited from a brother who died of AIDS. [1992]

Take Me Out
Richard Greenberg
Humor and questions about masculinity, sexuality, and race ensue from the collision of sports and sexual politics when a star baseball player outs himself in a press conference. [2003]

Box 27
Michael Mann
Concerns a career Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, his long time friend, and his friend’s son who is his lover. [1995]

Glory Box
Tim Miller
Performance piece on same-sex, binational couples and the denial of immigration rights. [2000]

Jeffrey
Paul Rudnick
A two act play for 7 males and 1 female. From the publisher’s synopsis: “Jeffrey, a gay actor/waiter, has sworn off sex after too many bouts with his partners about what is “safe” and what is not. In gay New York, though, sex is not something you can avoid. Whether catering a ditzy socialite’s “how-down for AIDS” or cruising at a funeral; at the gym or in the back rooms of an anonymous sex club; at the annual Gay Pride Parade, or in the libidinous hands of a father-confessor, Jeffrey finds the pursuit of love and just plain old physical gratification to be the number one preoccupation of his times – and the source of plenty of hilarity.” [1998]

Bent
Martin Sherman
A relationship develops between two inmates in a World War II concentration camp. [1979]

Judas Kiss, The
David Hare
Oscar Wilde’s relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas on the day Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment, and the night after his release, two years later. [1998]

Making Porn
Ronnie Larsen
Behind-the-scenes spoof of the gay porn industry, skewering the gay-for-pay straight men who appear in the movies. [1995]

Terminal Bar
Paul Selig
A comedy in which three people meet in a bar at the end of civilization. [1986]

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Alternative: Heaven Can Wait

Mr. Jordan is checking passengers who are to depart in an airplane for the Hereafter. The routine is interrupted by the arrival of Joe Pendleton, an attractive prizefighter, who refuses to admit he is dead and induces Jordan to look up the “records,” which reveal that Joe is not scheduled to arrive for another 60 years! But, as Joe starts to return to earth to continue his fighting, word reaches Heaven that Max Levene, Joe’s manager, thinking he had been killed, had Joe’s body cremated, and Joe has no body to return to. Jordan promises to find Joe another body and is informed that the wealthy Jonathan Farnsworth is about to be murdered by his wife. So Joe suddenly finds himself in the home of the financier, visible as Joe to the audience but apparently as Farnsworth to Mrs. Farnsworth, and the public. The comedy begins when the pompous “Farnsworth” unaccountably goes into training as a fighter. In addition, “Farnsworth” decides to share his wealth and right the wrong “he” did to charming Bette Logan’s father. Bette, having despised Farnsworth, finds herself falling in love with him and he with her. Just as Joe (still in Farnsworth’s body) is about to get a chance to become a fighter, Jordan reports that Farnsworth does not approve of Joe’s treatment of his body (and money) and is raising a fuss to have it back. While deciding on another body for Joe, Jordan receives a flash that K.O. Murdock, the champion, has been mysteriously shot. As K.O. is about to be counted out Jordan transfers Joe’s spirit into the body of K.O. in time to have K.O. remain champ. There are still problems to be straightened out when Joe really becomes Murdock and loses memory of his previous existence—including Bette. Fortunately they meet and fall in love again—and Mr. Jordan is free to head for the Hereafter, his earthly task accomplished.

In A Nutshell

The story is that of Joe Pendleton, a prize fighting boxer who is snatched into the afterlife before his time, by an inexperienced, bumbling, awkward Grim Reaper (Messenger 7013).  In an effort to rectify the situation, the Reaper and his Boss (Mr. Jordan) return Joe to earth in the body of an older millionaire, who was just murdered by the millionaire’s male secretary and his wife – who are having an affair. While Joe is living the life of a millionaire, he helps right a wrong to a young woman (Bette), and the two fall in love. But Joe’s life is made short a second time. During the second move, Joe’s soul is moved to the body of another boxer, who had just passed on. Now Joe gets to live a life of a prize boxer again like he wanted – but he is not allowed to remember his life as Joe Pendleton or his love for Bette.

Heaven Can Wait is about love, life and the gift of a second chance. It asks contemplative yet humorous questions about life after death and whether or not a soul can move into a different deceased body and bring it to life, rather than ascending to Heaven. And can true love continue even after death? Was Bette Joe’s soul mate, and can his love for Bette transcend two different bodies, even when his memory is erased? Come see the play for the answer!

In the original 1941 movie, “Here Comes Mr Jordan” was billed as a comedy, but the Triangle Circle Players Producer/Director Darren Nye felt it was very dry with too much drama. Darren preferred the comedic elements of the 1978 remake by Warren Beatty. And Darren’s production of “Heaven Can Wait” will be directed and performed as a lighthearted comedic farce with overtones of love and tragedy.

History of Heaven Can Wait

  • The play Heaven Can Wait was originally copyright in 1938 under the title “It Was Like This” and was later revised and copyright as “Heaven Can Wait” in 1966.
  • In 1941, a film was adapted from the play, titled “Here Comes Mr. Jordan“. It won Academy Awards for Best Writing, Original Story and Best Writing, Screenplay. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robert Montgomery), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Gleason), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director and Best Picture.
  • In 1947, a sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan was released, titled “Down To Earth“. Two of the actors reprise their roles, and the director returns for the sequel.
  • Although other movies have since been released based on Heaven Can Wait/Here Comes Mr. Jordan, the most famous remake was 1978’s Heaven Can Wait film directed by and starring Warren Beatty.
  • In 2001, Chris Rock remade Heaven Can Wait again, though the film’s title was borrowed from the original movie sequel, Down To Earth. The characters and plot were somewhat revised and modernized.

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