As summer wanes, it can be depressing to amble on into autumn. But the beginning of fall means an exciting new season of plays on and off-Broadway. One of the more exciting works this fall is the Keen Company‘s revival of Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky at the Clurman on September 13.
The gay playwright’s most autobiographical work, this 1970 drama tells the tale of 17-year-old Alan, who moves in with his estranged father and step-family in suburban California in the late 1950s. Over the course of the play Alan’s budding homosexuality becomes a divisive issue between him and his abusive, uneducated father.
Alan, a stand-in for Mr. Wilson, has been been a stepping stone for several actors who later became major talents—including Christopher Walken, Jeff Daniels and Kevin Bacon (seen in the video below). This time around, Keith Nobbs (Lombardi, The Black Donnellys), takes the role. And director Jonathan Silverstein knows from gay drama—he recently wowed off-Broadway audiences with The Tempermentals, the story of the early gay-rights movement The Mattachine Society. This classic play from a beloved gay playwright, bolstered with an exciting director and a good-looking and talented leading man, promises to be an early highlight of the 2011-2012 New York theater season.
Lemon Sky runs at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row Sept 13–Oct 22.