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A HOT OFF THE STAGES PLAY READING:

CV squareCASA VALENTINA by Harvey Fierstein
Sunday, May 17 2015 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Bonner Auditorium – Fresno Art Museum
(2233 N. 1st Street, Fresno. )

Admission: Free

Produced in partnership with
StageWorks Fresno. 

Based on a true story and infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining play from 2014 offers a glimpse into the lives of some unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness on their own terms. A slice of history that touches on the acceptance of all people today, “Casa Valentina” is a heartfelt play that Fresno audiences will learn from and delight in.

Synopsis: Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Tucked away in the quiet country side sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these “self-made women” had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster.

Presented free-of-charge at the Fresno Art Museum’s Bonner Auditorium, audiences will also be able to enjoy some of FAM’s exhibits for a Sunday afternoon filled with cultural ideas and socializing with other smart, curious audience-members. Light refreshments will also be served. 

PLEASE NOTE: This play contains some objectionable language which reflects the attitudes of the time-period. Intended for mature audiences. Presented with permission of Dramatists Play Services, NY.


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