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Plays of Wilton Inc. A non-profit 501c3 Company

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Upcoming Projects

Produce Original Musical - One More Yesterday

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One More Yesterday, a new original musical collaboration by Dennis Manning and Ronnie Larsen. The team who brought you the hit, Now & Then, is back together to bring you another captivating production.  A once great actress is reduced to starring in a low-budget horror flick.  As she slogs through filming this awful movie, she reflects back on an illustrious career, and dreams of... One More Yesterday.

Produce Original Musical - Come Out! Come Out! in New York

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With support from POW, Ronnie Larsen Presents will be taking this wildly popular, original musical to New York!

An original musical by Ronnie Larsen, set in 1920s New York. A time when engaging in homosexual activity could get you arrested, beaten, even killed. Despite the dangers, gay men found areas where they could meet for clandestine trysts. Most settled for fleeting physical gratification. But some wanted more. Some longed for affection. Jacob just wanted to be kissed... by another man.  See this high energy, light hearted, yet poignant new musical filled with music from the Roaring 20s and joyous tap dancing. Think Eddie Cantor meets Fred Astaire in Central Park.

Completed Projects

Produced Original Play - Tommy on Top

Tommy Miller is in LA for the Academy Awards. He’s been nominated for Best Actor for his role in Splash Mountain, a minor drama starring Adam Driver. He would be a dead cert for winning if it weren’t for the rumors flying around about his sexuality. If the truth comes out, Tommy may not get the chance to lift that Oscar.

Produced Original Play - The Code

It's Hollywood, 1950, and you are cordially invited to join Billy Haines, Henry Willson and Tallulah Bankhead for an evening of cocktails, caviar and all-out-war.

Summer, 1950. Hollywood's first openly gay movie star and celebrity interior designer, Billy Haines, is going to a dinner party at George Cukor’s. He invites a handful of friends to stop off for cocktails beforehand. Tallulah Bankhead, in LA for the weekend, is there with all of the baggage that makes her Tallulah Bankhead. When agent Henry Willson arrives with his newest protégé, Chad Manford, what starts off as a simple request turns into a heated debate on the hypocrisy of what it takes to be a man in the land of make-believe.

With great humor and stinging insight, The Code examines the bigotries, self-deceptions and unspoken codes - still relevant 70 years later - that defined and restrained the golden age of Hollywood.

Live Audience Reading - Tommy On Top

Tommy Miller is in LA for the Academy Awards. He’s been nominated for Best Actor for his role in Splash Mountain, a minor drama starring Adam Driver. He would be a dead cert for winning if it weren’t for the rumors flying around about his sexuality. If the truth comes out, Tommy may not get the chance to lift that Oscar.

Revival Original Musical - Come Out! Come Out! (2022)

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A new musical by Ronnie Larsen, set in 1920s New York. A time when engaging in homosexual activity could get you arrested, beaten, even killed. Despite the dangers, gay men found areas where they could meet for clandestine trysts. Most settled for fleeting physical gratification. But some wanted more. Some longed for affection. Jacob just wanted to be kissed... by another man.  See this high energy, light hearted, yet poignant new musical filled with music from the Roaring 20s and joyous tap dancing. Think Eddie Cantor meets Fred Astaire in Central Park.

"I wrote this piece as a reminder that our newly found rights and freedoms cannot be taken for granted” says author Larsen, “ The things our main character wants is what we all want. He was just way ahead of his time.”

The first production was shut down due to Covid. The revival turned out even better!

Live Audience Reading - A Shonda

Two very different worlds collide in this unlikely romantic drama about two men who fall in love and risk everything.

Produced Original Play - Minnie Behind Bars

America's sweetheart, Miss Bouvèé is caught in scandal when her playboy husband Godfrey Fakenham, maid Ruby Belcher, and daughter Esme Bouvèé all become suspects in the killing of Minnie's lover, Darrell Lee Longstaff. When the star is arrested and questioned, her terrible past rises to the surface. Did she do it? Who else has something to gain from killing Mr. Longstaff, the accomplished penis.. pianist? Detective Goodwood gets to the bottom of it all! 

 

Love. Loss. Hilarity. A screwball musical homage to the film noir films of the 40's, with a touch of Carol Burnett inspired sketch comedy; this murder mystery will have you laughing, singing, and wondering... WHO DONE IT?

The cast consists of many local cabaret artists and active community members. Eric Swanson will star as Miss Bouvèé , longtime Wilton Manors favorite Jennifer McClain as Ruby Belcher , Terry Dyer of Sunserve as Godfrey Fakenham, Steven Edgar Ross-Dybash (The BoyS) as Esme Bouvèé, and his husband Christopher Ross-Dybash as Darrell Lee Longstaff/ Detective Bruce Goodwood. Script by Robert LeLeux.

Editing Original Play - The Devil in Melania

Donald is in a coma with the coronavirus, they say he's brain dead but Melania isn't convinced. It's up to her to pull the plug but even though her life with the Devil has not been easy, she's not sure she can do it alone so she asks the audience to vote and if they vote yes an audience member is invited on stage to help Melania end her husband's life by pulling the plug.

Editing Original Play - If I'm Good

A dark comedy for dark times tells the story of a straight Republican and a gay Democrat who go to war with each other resulting with one in jail and the other in a coffin.

Filmed Original Musical - Come Out! Come Out! (2020)

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A new musical by Ronnie Larsen, set in 1920s New York. A time when engaging in homosexual activity could get you arrested, beaten, even killed. Despite the dangers, gay men found areas where they could meet for clandestine trysts. Most settled for fleeting physical gratification. But some wanted more. Some longed for affection. Jacob just wanted to be kissed... by another man.  See this high energy, light hearted, yet poignant new musical filled with music from the Roaring 20s and joyous tap dancing. Think Eddie Cantor meets Fred Astaire in Central Park.

"I wrote this piece as a reminder that our newly found rights and freedoms cannot be taken for granted” says author Larsen, “ The things our main character wants is what we all want. He was just way ahead of his time.”

Filmed Original Play - 3 Card Stud

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Openly gay Shelly and his openly gay son Michael share an apartment in Wilton Manors and everything is very peaceful until they both fall for the same guy and things get complicated. 3 Card Stud is a joyful reminder that you're never too old or too young to fall in love.

This extremey silly and sexy comedy set in Wilton Manors evolves around 3 aging gay friends who wind up in a complicated love triangle with a very attractive young man. 

Filmed Original Play - An Evening with John Wayne Gacy Jr.

This play explores the deeply disturbing life and mind of serial killer, John Wayne Gacy Jr. In addition to Gacy we meet John’s wife, his Mother, his victims, his prosecutors and his fans. This play is incredibly detailed and gruesome which many audience members may find hard to stomach. 

Meet the original killer clown, John Wayne Gacy Jr.

Step into the mind of John Wayne Gacy Jr.- one of the nation's most notorious serial killers. Throughout the 1970s, the charismatic clown-by-day / killer-by-night lured teenage boys to his home, brutally torturing and murdering them. 

In this dark and disturbing world premiere, the audience will become acquainted with Gacy, his family and victims as he awaits his execution on Death Row and recounts (and reenacts) some of the most disturbing events of  his past as a murderer living a seemingly ordinary life. 

Produced Original Play - Grindr Mom

In an attempt to better understand her openly gay son, a conservative Mormon woman opens her own Grindr account and she winds up learning things she never wanted to know. 

Produced Original Musical - Now & Then

Six actors tell the story of one couple over a lifetime. Daniel and Greg meet in college, they both have dreams of stardom but by middle age Greg has abandoned his dreams to work in a bank while Daniel is still trying to find success which strains their marriage but then in the end they find peace with themselves and with each other. Three actors play Daniel and three actors play Greg. The musical crosscuts the time as we watch them evolve in their relationships to themselves and each other.

Presented One Woman Autobiographical Show - This Is Me

Local cabaret singer Jennifer McClain will debut an autobiographical show with the working title, “This is Me.” For years, McClain, a fervent LGBT ally, has been a fixture on the stages of Wilton Drive bars and other South Florida venues, performing standards from the Great American Songbook, show tunes, pop hits and gay anthems. The show, which will include monologues and musical numbers, will explore the experiences and emotions that shaped the flamboyant performer.

Written & Performed by Jennifer McClain

Directed by Kalen Edean

Musical Direction by Eric Alsford

Presented Tribute - Sondheim Sing-A-Long

Readings

Live Audience Reading of a New Play - Sunshine Quest

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by William Ivor Fowkes

Retired gay men flock to the Sunshine QUEST Club in Fort Lauderdale, FL for dancing, companionship, flirtation, and nonstop fun.

Live Audience Reading of a New Play - Daddy's Awakening

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by David Dillon

A new play by the man who wrote the hilarious play "Party".

Live Audience Reading of a New Play - Like Father, Like Son

Like Father Like Son

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Patrick Cuccaro

 

A gay son. An intolerant father. A romantic comedy that could only happen in Wilton Manors.

 

In this funny, poignant comedy we watch a gay son's relationship with his intolerant father crumble as they take a dizzying roller coaster ride across bigotry, ageism, homophobia and unlikely romance. Playwright Patrick Cuccaro has created a new play that takes place in Wilton Manors and affectionately explores the universal hunger that sons must confront for the love and respect of their fathers.

Live Audience Reading of a New Play - Old Tricks

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Two 60 something ex-lovers who broke up years ago during the AIDS crisis, impulsively rendezvous 30 years later at Fire Island’s famed Belvedere Hotel. Madness ensues when they discover that one of their husbands is watching them from a house nearby while the other has checked into the room next door with a mysterious young man. Inspired by Noel Coward’s Private Lives, old tricks prove as potent as new as sexual escapades are exposed, cocktails are thrown, hard truths revealed, and a talent to amuse still reigns supreme. 

We will consider audience reactions and review their written feedback in deciding whether or not to produce the play.

Presented Author's Reading - Letters to a Gay Black Boy

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Letters to a Gay Black Boy takes an in-depth look into the development of Terry DeWayne Dyer and brings it to life. From the first to the last letter, he shares his journey with the world. The struggle with finding ourselves can be daunting and challenging. He gives us an authentic, raw, and emotional look into his life. Motivated by homosexuality, race, family, and love, his first book provides an inspiring conversation with our community.