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Harvey Fierstein to Play Bella Abzug in New Off B'way Solo Show

Harvey Fierstein to Play Bella Abzug in New Off B’way Solo Show

In a press release “Bella Bella” is described as “raucous, heart-rending and absurdly humorous.” A synopsis gives the following description of the show:

The Manhattan Theater Club announced on Thursday that its 2019-20 season will include the world premiere of “Bella Bella,” a new solo show written by and starring Harvey Fierstein, which casts him as Bella Abzug, the outspoken New York congresswoman and activist.

Set in 1976, on the eve of her bid to become New York State’s first female Senator, “Bella Bella” finds this larger-than-life, truth-slinging, groundbreaking, hat-wearing icon squirreled away in the bathroom of a midtown hotel awaiting that night’s election results while a coterie of family and celebs await her entrance.

Harvey Fierstein’s breakthrough gay play, “Torch Song Trilogy,” in which was recently revived on Broadway under the name “Torch Song.” He has written the book for the musicals “Kinky Boots” and “La Cage Aux Folles.”

It is poetic justice that a longtime gay activist like Fierstein play Ms. Abzug who steadfastly fought for LGBT rights and courageously introduced the original version of the Equality Act on May 14th of 1974 in Congress  — the first piece of federal legislation to address discrimination based on sexual orientation.

George Clooney To Star In Gay Play: “It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,”

The American Foundation for Equal Rights announced today that  Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney is joining the cast for the West Coast premier of Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black’s “8.”

The play is about the historic trial in AFER’s federal constitutional challenge to Prop 8,. The play, taken from the District Court trial transcripts, courtroom observations and interviews with the two couples who are plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, will be directed by noted actor/director and AFER Founding Board Member Rob Reiner.

Said Clooney:

“It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,” Clooney said in an AFER press release.  “I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people – like all human beings – are born equal in dignity and rights.”

“8” premiered to a sold-out audience and much acclaim last Sept. 19 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. The West Coast premier will be a one-night only performance.

The play will have its Los Angeles debut on March 3rd.