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P. Pan Et Al – free reading of a new LGBTQ+ play by Danielle Frimer

March 21 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Hot Take: Peter Pan was a lesbian who invented color films.* A hundred years ago, the famous and famously private actress Maude Adams—whose name was synonymous with the iconic role written for her by J.M. Barrie—retired from the stage. Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and best friend and recovering from the flu that had just swept the globe—she moved to upstate New York, where a lightbulb went off that would change the art of storytelling forever. P. Pan Et Al follows Adams as she corrals a team of General Electric engineers and inventors in their attempts to lasso the sun. Their collaboration yields incandescent lamps powerful enough to capture “living photographs” in color, yet Maude’s name leaves barely a trace in the annals of cinematic history. P. Pan Et Al explores the complicated place of a queer woman in STEM before Women in STEM and the peculiar power of the wizards and wizardesses who shape the technology that shapes us. *a historical re-imagining based upon true events. Directed by Hannah Katz

P. Pan Et Al is part of New York City’s oldest and longest producing LGBTQIA+ theater company TOSOS’s The 2024 Chesley/Chambers Reading Series, celebrating queer voices as part of the company’s 50th Anniversary Season. The free reading series of five plays will be presented at The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street in NYC’s TriBeCa neighborhood. John Patterson’s MASK4MASK will be presented on May 8th. Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky was presented in February.

The Chesley/Chambers Reading Series is a celebration of impassioned LGBTQIA+ voices contributing to our collective theatrical heritage through TOSOS’s Robert Chesley/Jane Chambers Playwrights Project, an ongoing forum for playwrights to have their work presented and voices heard. The series honors playwright Jane Chambers (1937-1983), a pioneer in writing theatrical works with openly lesbian characters and perhaps best known for Last Summer at Bluefish Cove; and playwright Robert Chesley (1943-1990), a theater critic and musical composer, known for his play Jerker. Click here for more information.

TOSOS launched its ground-breaking 50th Anniversary Season with sold out performances of the world premiere of Chris Weikel’s Pride House, directed by Igor Goldin (Yank!, With Glee). A reimagination of Doric Wilson’s Street Theater with be the company’s second full production at The Flea Theater in July. Multiple fundraising events that are open to the public and activated to celebrate the community will include TOSOS’s annual cocktail party (May), Pride party (June), and Annual Gala (October).


March 21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


The Flea Theater
20 Thomas Street
New York, NY 10007 United States
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