Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein – July 1st – 8th
Running from July 1st – July 8th
Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive from New York to escape something else entirely. They went to an inconspicuous holiday resort that catered to a very special clientele: self-declared ‘heterosexual men’, whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women.
But when their self-appointed leader wants to make the organisation that supports them officially recognised, fractures in the group begin to emerge, and they find their ‘community’ can be a very fragile one. They have to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding is worth the very real risk of personal ruin and whether the cost of excluding certain sections of their community, is a price really worth paying.
Based on real events, the play is a thought-provoking look at the past, infused, as you’d expect from the writer of Hairspray and Kinky Boots, with Harvey Fierstein’s trademark wit.
Running time: 2 hours including a 15-minute interval.