New York City’s Gay Sex History Explored: In Our Words Presents: Adonis Memories 12/3 & 12/10

New York City's Gay Sex History Explored: In Our Words Presents: Adonis Memories 12/3 & 12/10In Our Words, whose goal is to positively transform lives and communities by sharing the words of real people will present “Adonis Memories”, an immersive play that shares stories from patrons of the famed Adonis gay porn movie theater that was a Midtown Manhattan landmark from the 70s-90s. The play is written and directed by Alan L. Bounville and takes place on Saturday, December 3 and 10 from 3-4:30 PM at Paddles NYC: 250 W. 26th St, Manhattan.

When asked about the project, playwright and director Alan L. Bounville said, “My goal was to collect stories from people who wanted to share memories from their visits to the Adonis and then weave those stories together into an immersive experience for our audience. I want the audience to feel what it was like to live in a time when communal sex was a force in New York City. Of course, the undercurrent of HIV is present in the work. But the ultimate goal is to celebrate the sex and intimacy that is often overshadowed when we look at this period of history.”

The audience will have the opportunity to hear the forgotten and overshadowed stories of Adonis Memories told in dark corners or out in the open. They can follow the actors around as they act out the stories. If they choose, they can even participate in different ways. The actors will not touch the audience. And no one will be asked to do anything they do not want to do.

The audience is not invited to engage in sex acts during the show. What they are invited to do is to experience these sex positive stories in a place built for communal sex. The setting itself acts as an authentic portal into feeling the energy that was part of what drew countless men to the Adonis in its day.

We met with Alan Bounville during a recent trip to new York and we cannot stress how important this piece of theater is for not only preserving a piece of gay history that is highly over looked and under-documented but also as a learning experience  to look at a glimpse of a long forgotten world that was a major part of the gay lifestyle in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

And yes. My story is included.

Performances will take place December 3rd. and December 10th. at 3pm.

You can get more information and purchase your tickets by CLICKING HERE.

Related:

In Our Words Facebook Page

In Our Words: Adonis Memories article by Alan Bounville – Extended Play

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. i know I have several stories from when i was in my late teens. nothing too weird, but, it was PART of my coming of age.

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