Actor Mark Edel-Hunt, who plays the character of Gil, in the West End production of “The American Plan” in London took a stand against an anti-gay heckler who shouted out “makes me sick” in the middle of the production when his character kisses another male character.
The play concerns the story of the daughter of a wealthy German-Jewish refugee who falls in love with a handsome stranger at a holiday camp in the Catskill Mountains near New York in a 1960s summer. In the second half of the play, which was written by Richeard Greenberg, it transpires that Nick, who appears to be straight, has had a previous affair with Gil, who turns up at the camp.
Edel-Hunt, who was incensed at the homophobes outburst responded by returning to the stage at the end of the curtain call carrying a large sign that read: – “Some people are gay. Get over it!” to the delight of the audience who cheered wildly.
Andy Wasley, from Londons’s Stonewall Campaign was delighted at the cast’s reaction to the stunt. “It’s great to see a spirited response to such offensive behavior.”
The unidentified homophobe left the theater quickly and quietly.