Harvey Fierstein's new play offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Opening Night - April 23 2014 Final Performance - June 15 2014
Nick Westrate, Patrick Page and Tom McGowan (l-r) in Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Harvey Fierstein’s new play is set in 1962 when most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat. Others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these "self-made women" had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster.
Playwright Harvey Fierstein is one of only two individuals to win Tony Awards in four different categories - Best Actor in a Play and Best Play for Torch Song Trilogy; Best Book of a Musical for La Cage aux Folles; and Best Actor in a Musical for Hairspray.
The setting recalls a real-life 1960s Catskill Mountain getaway called Casa Susanna, which was chronicled in a 2005 book of text and photos.