It’s baffling to think Alan Ball’s super gay HBO vampire series, True Blood, premiered 10 years ago. Even more baffling? It was announced this weekend that the show is getting a stage musical adaptation…(as if it wasn’t already gay enough).
Ball made the announcement this weekend at an anniversary screening of the show’s pilot in Los Angeles. “It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet,” Ball said, according to Deadline. “Ultimately it really departs from the book, because people aren’t ready, and they’re too bigoted. [The vampires] end up going back into the closet.”
The show and the books by Charlaine Harris heavily operated as an extended metaphor for queer people coming out. Hep V was a disease comparable to HIV that threatened vampires’ lives, which even inspired a sticker in the show that resembled some of Act Up’s campaigns. There was also a radical anti-vamp church, the Fellowship of the Sun, which satirized Westboro Baptist Church with protest signs that read, “God Hates Fangs.”
The books and the TV adaptation featured several queer characters, including gay cook, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), and bisexual vampire, Eric Northmann (Alexander Skarsgård). Let’s hope they make an appearance in the stage musical, which is being composed by Nathan Barr.