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Need to Know: GayFest NYC


This fifth annual festival of gay-themed plays offers a diverse mix

With everything from the love life of a modern-day architect to the romance of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed (pictured above) to the trials (literally) of Oscar Wilde, this annual theater festival has a little bit of everything queer.

GayFest opens May 30 with Scott C. Sickles's Moonlight & Love Songs, directed by Steven Petrillo, about a supposedly "motion-picture-perfect" relationship between an architect and a college student (played by Nick Bailey, last seen romping naked in the Stonewall play, Hit the Wall) that comes up against the hard reality of betrayal (the play runs through June 2). The Loves of Mr. Lincoln, written by David Brendan Hopes and directed by Sidney J. Burgoyne, examines the 16th president's romance with Speed; it's onstage June 6-16. And the Basic Theatre Project, a company devoted to social change through art, presents Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, directed by Zi Alikhan (May 30-June 16).

Festival proceeds benefit the Harvey Milk High School scholarship fund. Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, New York City.

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