JEFFREY – MAY 18

By Paul Rudnick
Directed by David Belew
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 7 pm

Jeffrey, a gay actor/waiter, has sworn off sex after too many bouts with his partners about what is “safe” and what is not. In gay New York, though, sex is not something you can avoid. Whether catering a ditzy socialite’s “Hoe-down for AIDS” or cruising at a funeral; at the gym or in the back rooms of an anonymous sex club; at the annual Gay Pride Parade, or in the libidinous hands of a father-confessor, Jeffrey finds the pursuit of love and just plain old physical gratification to be the number-one preoccupation of his times—and the source of plenty of hilarity. Suddenly, just after he’s reconciled himself to celibacy, Jeffrey’s flamboyant friends introduce him to the man of his dreams, who also happens to be HIV-positive. What follows is an audacious and moving romantic comedy with a difference—one in which the quest for love and really fabulous clothes meet, and where unflagging humor prevails even when tragedy might be just around the corner.

Top Row L-R: David Belew, Magdiel Carmona, Sean Findley, Vinnie Lanares.
Lower Row L-R: Ronnie Lyall, Julie Partyka, Juwon Tyrell Perry, Kalani Whitford.

David Belew (Director) David Belew was the founding Artistic Director of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre in Chicago, and spent many years directing shows across the Chicagoland area. Recently, he directed AVENUE Q and OUT OF ORDER for ProArts Maui, and RUMORS for Maui On Stage. Favorite Chicagoland directing credits include COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), ALL MY SONS, and SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, for Eclectic; THE FOREIGNER, NUNSENSE, and THE BOYS NEXT DOOR for Metropolis Performing Arts Center; and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and FATHER OF THE BRIDE for Summer Place Theatre. David currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana and serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre.