"Torch Song Trilogy" - Helen Hayes Theatre (1982)
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"Torch Song Trilogy" is made up of three short plays, each representing a single Act. They are International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First!. International Stud premiered on February 2, 1978 at LaMama and off-Broadway on May 22, 1978 at the Players Theatre. Fugue in a Nursery opened at LaMama on February 1, 1979. Estelle Getty, friend of playwright Harvey Fierstein, suggested that he write a third play showing the mother / gay son relationship. He did and Torch Song Trilogy, now including Widows and Children First! opened uptown at the Richard Allen Center in October of 1981 before transferring to the Actor's Playhouse in Greenwich Village in January 1982 and finally to the Little Theatre on June 10, 1982 where it ran for 1,222 performances. During this run the theater was renamed the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Cast

Portrait Name & Bio
HarveyFierstein.jpg Harvey Fierstein (Arnold/Playwright) : is the recipient of the 1983 Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Actor and Best Play for Torch Song Trilogy, as well as four Villager Awards, the Theatre World Award, the George Oppenheimer / Newsday Playwriting Award and the Hull Warriner Award from the Dramatist Guild. Mr. Fierstein is also represented on Broadway with the 1984 Tony Award-winning musical La Cage aux Folles, for which he received a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Recently, his Spookhouse was presented Off-Broadway with Anne Meara. Born June 6, 1954, in Brooklyn, Harvey began his acting career as a founding member of The Gallery Players, a Brooklyn-based community theatre which is still in existence. He made his professional debut in 1971 at LaMama ETC with Andy Warhol, and has since appeared in more than 60 productions Off-, Off Off- and around the country. With a fine arts degree from Pratt Institute, Mr. Fierstein began his writing career in 1973 with In Search of the Cobra Jewels. His most recent film appearance is in Sidney Lumet's Garbo Talks and he narrated the highly acclaimed film The Times of Harvey Milk. As owner of two dogs, Georges and Bubbie, and a rabbit, Arnold, Harvey's interests are varied. In his spare time between writing and acting, he collapses.
TomStechschulte.jpg Tom Stechschulte (Ed) : joins the New York company of Torch Song Trilogy after a highly successful tour with the first national company. On Broadway Tom has appeared in Sweet Bird of Youth with Irene Worth and Christopher Walken, Eccentricities of a Nightingale with Betsy Palmer, First Monday in October with Henry Fonda and Jane Alexander and the Broadway and national tour productions of Crimes of the Heart. Around the country Tom has performed at the Kennedy Center in DC; two seasons at the Indiana Rep. theatre; six seasons at the Hope Rep. theatre in Holland, Michigan; the Buffalo Studio Arena; the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival in San Diego as well as numerous day and nighttime television dramas. He studied with Bob Hobbs at Ohio University. Tom lives in Hoboken with his wife, Merrill, who is a senior reporter-researcher at Forbes Magazine.
CheviColton.jpg Chevi Colton (Mrs. Beckoff) can currently be seen in the film Falling in Love with Robert DeNiro. Prior to joining Torch Song, she appeared in a nine-month tour of Jerome Robbins' revival of Fiddler on the Roof starring as Golde opposite Herschel Bernardi. Miss Colton made her B'way debut in N.Y. City Center's production of Karel Capek's The Insect Comedy. Last seen on Broadway as Madame Manzoni in The Grand Zone, her other Broadway appearances include The Supporting Cast, Cabaret and standby for the Andrews Sisters in Over Here. Off-Broadway Miss Colton starred in the original Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well which he played in N.Y., San Francisco and Paris. She was one of the featured comediennes in the zany revue The Mad Show and appeared in the musical Lotta at the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival. Tours include California Suite with Lynn Redgrave, And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little with Julie Harris, Waltz of the Toreadors with Jean Stapleton and Detective Story with Charlton Heston. Her latest film was Boardwalk with Ruth Gordon. A familiar face to TV audiences she guest starred on "Kate and Allie," "Quincy," "Simon and Simon," "Kojak" and "Medical Story." Miss Colton is married to actor Joe Silver. They have two children, Christopher and Jennifer, each of whom she counts as the greatest achievements of her career.
CraigSheffer.jpg Craig Sheffer (Alan) : has appeared on television as Ian on "One Life to Live" and as Brian Chadway in the nighttime drama "The Hamptons." He made his New York debut last winter in Punchy directed by Peter Pope. Craig has just completed starring roles in two upcoming features, That Was Then, This Is Now and Attack of the Rock 'n Roll Aliens. He would like to thank his teachers Myrna Schazberger and Kate McGregor Stewart for their wisdom, guidance and belief. Craig is making his Broadway debut in Torch Song Trilogy.
ChristopherGartin.jpg Christopher Gartin (David) : is making he Broadway debut in Torch Song Trilogy. Off-Broadway he has starred in the Circle in the Square production of The Buddy System. His film credits include a leading role in No Big Deal with Tammy Grimes, and Michael Apted's Firstborn with Terri Garr on which he recently completed principal photography. He can also be seen on television in many national commercials.
DianeTarleton.jpg Diane Tarleton (Laurel) has appeared in many productions in N.Y.C.: Broadway plays (Anya, Gantry, Yentl), Off-Broadway plays (A Time for the Gentle People, Spoon River Anthology, To Bury a Cousin), showcases and mini-contracts. She has worked with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Company, CMDA, Papermill Playhouse and Louisville Shakespeare Co. She moves easily from one style and medium of theatre to another - playing Rosabella in Most Happy Fella one week and Lady Macbeth the next. One season in repertory she played the 16-year-old girl in Bus Stop one night, and the very proper, pompous, 40-year-old Mrs. Boyle in Mousetrap the next. Her favorite roles have been Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade and Vasilissa in Lower Depths.
SusanEdwards.jpg Susan Edwards (Lady Blues) : previously appeared on Broadway with Derek Jacobi in the Russian comedy The Suicide and was featured in the musical hit Bubbling Brown Sugar. Off-Broadway she starred in the hit comedy revue Scrambled Feet and toured with the national company of Doug Henning's The Magic Show, appeared with Robert Preston in a pre-Broadway try-out of the The Prince of Grand Street, starred in Dazy in its pre-Broadway try-out in Erie, Pa., and was featured in the world tour of the "I Love New York" show. Television appearances include an NBC comedy variety special "The Show Must Go On," the "Merv Griffin Show" (playing the violin and singing in a live duck!), the "Mike Douglas Show" and Barry Manilow's "Callback." Other stage appearances include Kander-Ebb's revue Two by Five at the Barter Theatre in Virginia, the USO Show at the Whole Theatre Co. in New Jersey and at the Darien Dinner Theatre in one of her favorite roles, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. Susan is also an accomplished musician/songwriter and is feature in New York nightclubs performing her comedy and songs. A sports enthusiast, health nut and a double Virgo, she graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in drama and is having the time of her life singing the blues in Torch Song!
Name Additional Cast positions
Susan Edwards Understudy for "Laurel"
Diane Tarleton Understudy for "Lady Blues"
Grant Shaud Understudy for "Alan" and "David"
Kaye Kingston Understudy for "Mrs. Beckoff"
Roger Leonard keyboard understudy
Philip Astor Standby for "Arnold"
Peter Ratray Standby for "Ed"

Production Staff

Name Position
Peter Pope Director
Bill Stabile Stage Design
Mardi Philips Costume Designer
Scott Pinkney Lighting Designer
Ned Levy Musical Director
Ada Janik Composer (Fugue in a Nursery)
Herb Vogler Production Stage Manager
Kenneth Waissman Producer
Martin Markinson Producer
John Glines Producer
Lawrence Lane Producer
BetMar (Betty Lee Hunt and Maria Cristina Pucci) Co-Producer
Donald Tick Co-Producer
Edward H. Davis General Manager
Betty Lee Hunt Press Representative
Maria Cristina Pucci Press Representative
James Sapp Press Representative
Robert Larkin Press Representative
Jay B. Jacobson Stage Manager
Jeremiah J. Harris Technical Supervisor
Judy Thomas Asst. Director
Dermot Lynch Production Electrician
Richie Borman Master Carpenter
Robert Colgan Master Electrician
Ronnie Lynch Sr Master Propertyman
Dorothy Finn Asst. to the General Manager
Larry Fulton Personal Asst to Mr. Stabile
Chico Kasinor Asst. to Ms. Phillips
Bob Bessior Personal Asst to Mr. Pinkney
Richard Fitzgerald Sound Designer
Larry Tarzy Wardrobe Supervisor
Charlie Catanese Asst. Wardrobe Supervision
Dawn Bennett Seamstress
Andre Tavernise Hair Design
Bumble and Bumble Hair Design
Giani Siri Meseuse
David W. Morgan Music Preparation
Douglas Houston Music Preparation
George Phelps Production Assistant
Roper & Barandes Attorney
Stephen Perlman C.P.A., P.C. Accountant
Serino, Coyne & Nappi Advertising
King Displays, Inc., Jerry Sapper Displays
Julie Hughes Casting
Barry Moss Casting
Phil DiMaggio Casting Associate
Peter Golden Casting Associate
Dan Region Radio Voice
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