Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Groovy Giveaway: Jerry Douglas's Tubstrip

Today's Groovy Giveaway is one copy of Jerry Douglas's play, Tubstrip, a risqué comedy set in a gay bathhouse.

Tubstrip was a popular sensation when produced onstage in 1973-74 in the era of gay liberation and the sexual revolution. The play, often dismissed by mainstream critics but hailed as “funny, sexy, and important” by the gay press, ran for 140 performances off-Broadway, then toured to eight cities over nine months, and returned to Broadway starring the legendary adult film star Casey Donovan in the lead role. Despite its unprecedented success and acclaim, the play has never been published.

Along with the debut publication of the script of the play, this edition includes a foreword by Jordan Schildcrout titled “Tubstrip and The Erotic Theatre of Gay Liberation”, which examines the significance of the play as one of a wave of erotic gay plays (most of them forgotten or lost) that emerged between 1969 and 1974. This edition also features rarely seen publicity photos, posters and advertisements from the original production of the play.

Jerry Douglas, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, was pursuing a career in the legitimate theatre while also writing and directing “all male” films, including the classic The Back Row. He went on to have a major career in gay male pornography, directing numerous award-winning films between 1989 and 2007, such as More of a Man, Flesh & Blood, Dream Team and BuckleRoos.

Jordan Schildcrout is an Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance at SUNY Purchase.

Chelsea Station Editions, an independent publisher devoted to gay literature, will publish Tubstrip on June 1, 2019: http://www.chelseastationeditions.com/Tubstrip.html

To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdish73@gmail.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Monday, May 27 (CST).

1 comment:

vito said...

Wow! This sounds great! I love Jerry Douglas (who used to edit the seminal magazine MANSHOTS and wrote and directed so many classic gay porn films like MORE OF A MAN, FRATRIMONY and the Calvin Culver sex comedy SCORE). This sounds like it could be as entertaining as SCORE was (which is available on DVD and BluRay). KH