Clark County Library, Out West 2012, and the University of Nevada Theatre Department are pleased to be the first in Nevadato host the acclaimed Beyond Brokeback: A Staged Reading with Music.
Inspired by the landmark film Brokeback Mountain, the program consists of staged reading of messages, essays, poetry, and music. The event is free and open to the public, to be held in the Main Theatre at theLas Vegas—Clark County Library,1401 E. Flamingo Road,Las Vegas, NV89119 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 11, 2pm.
Beyond Brokeback: A Staged Reading with Music was conceived and adapted for the stage by Gregory Hinton from the 2007 book Beyond Brokeback: Impact of a Film written by Members of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum website, culled from over 500,000 posts. Excerpts of poignant and humorous messages, essays, and poetry— by writers young and old, male and female, gay and straight— will be interpreted by six reader/musicians.
"Nevadahas a rich country-western gay & lesbian history. Beyond Brokeback is a comprehensive oral history of the rural gay west," said playwright Gregory Hinton. "Beyond Brokeback leads us out of our isolation and into the open - to welcoming communities many crave and all deserve."
Members of The Ultimate Brokeback Forum are expected to descend onLas Vegasfor theNevadapremiere of Beyond Brokeback. Devotees ofBrokebackMountain, they call themselves "Brokies," (akin to the "Trekkie" fans of Star Trek) and travel to Brokeback events all over the world.
Original songs from the CD “Meet Me on the Mountain,” also inspired by the film and written by acclaimed Los Angeles Master Chorale composer/singer/arranger Shawn Kirchner will be performed.
Beyond Brokeback was first developed and performed in 2010 at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles as part of its acclaimed Out West at the Autry series and in commemoration of the 5th Anniversary of Brokeback Mountain. Beyond Brokeback has been performed to standing ovations by the Theatre and Dance Department of the University of Wyoming in Laramie for the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice in April, 2011, the City of West Hollywood’s One City/One Pride Culture Series in June, 2011, the Bozeman Public Library in Montana in October, 2011 and Chicago’s Roosevelt University in its historic Auditorium Theatre in November, 2011.
The production is generously sponsored byLas Vegas– Clark Country Library, HBO, the David Bohnett Foundation, Gill Foundation, and the Gay & Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation.
Inquiries Please Contact:
Gregory Hinton, Producer, Out West