Rebecca Ranson

Rebecca Hargett Ranson, 1943-2017

The following is an obituary written by the family of Rebecca Ranson. Rebecca Hargett Ranson, playwright, activist and arts leader, passed on to the next life on Sept. 4, 2017, at the age of 73, following a ...

‘The Penis Talk Show’ dropping trou at 7 Stages

Over the last few decades, openly gay playwright, actor and director Ronnie Larsen has carved out a niche for himself with his gay-themed, often sexually frank shows. Just as his production of “Happy Endings” c...

Melissa Carter: Mainstream churches are big bullies

Have you ever thought of Sunday morning sermons that demonize the gay community as bullying? I had not until the other night. When I think of bullies, the image of kids at school often comes to mind: the ove...
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World premiere ‘Angry Fags’ asks: Is anyone really afraid of gay guys?

Angry Fags

Topher Payne doesn’t seem like an angry fag. But then, at first glance, neither do Bennett Riggs and Cooper Harlow, the main characters of Payne’s new play, “Angry Fags,” opening Feb. 21 at 7 Stages Theatre.

They picnic in the park. They banter about cheese and wine. They tease each other about everything from letter writing to dating with the loving sarcasm gay men seem to have perfected.

Then they set off a bomb.

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Tim Miller’s ‘Lay of the Land’

Tim Miller's

Gay performer Tim Miller can always be counted on for a healthy dose of theatrical activism. His brings his politically-charged “Lay of the Land” to 7 Stages this week.
The one-man show, slated for Nov. 10-13, deals predominantly with marriage equality and queer citizenship — the status of being gay in America right now. It came about shortly after Prop 8.

“For me, the big prompt is always about what you can’t make peace about and for me, it’s my state – California,” Miller says.  “For five joyous months we had marriage equality followed by this endless and visible battle and eventually it was declared unconstitutional.”

In previous shows Miller has talked about immigration laws, which is especially relevant as that his partner since 1994, Alistair McCartney, is an Australian that he is not allowed to marry. The couple has had to deal with threats of deportation for many years. Miller admits they face an uncertain future, as do all LGBT couples in the country.