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From Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking (if rudimentary) late-’60s work The Boys in the Band, to Tony Kushner’s triumphant turn-of-the-century Angels in America, to the more recent crop of frivolous and flippant musical revues (Naked Boys Singing, anyone?), gay-themed theater has come a long way in a relatively short time. By now, even the most casual theater-goer is accustomed to — maybe even expecting — at least some gay content in a play.
So Geoffrey Nauffts’ 2010 gay theater success, the Tony-nominated play Next Fall, now at the Unicorn Theatre, seems to have scored a bit of a coup by examining a gay relationship from a new, unexpected angle — hunky Luke, here played by Kansas City theater veteran Rusty Sneary, is a devout Christian, while his partner, the older Adam (Charles Fugate), is an atheist. This plot device “is metaphorical, in a way, for a lot of issues that come about in relationships,” according to Sneary, whom Camp recently interviewed, along with castmate Merle Moores and director Jeff Church.
Sneary says that Luke and Adam share a “case of relationships where, you know, the differences are ignored. … They each think they’re going to change the other and their love will change together and that they’ll reach a compromise. … And you float by optimistically, thinking that if we spend enough time together, all these things will iron themselves out, until one day you’re staring at someone you don’t know.”
Sneary’s analysis here is a poignant summing-up of Next Fall. Director Jeff Church, who also acts as the Coterie Theater’s producing artistic director (Coterie’s production of The Wrestling Season was featured in Camp’s January cover story), adds, “The play has a lot of ideas floating around in it — we’re still trying to wrap our brain around them.”
In addition to the believer/non-believer aspect of the work, Church says, “[T>here’s sort of a gay marriage thing that sort of hangs over this play, because … they’re talking about adopting children, a baby, some things like that…”
To this heady mix of issues Nauffts adds the thorny debate about hospital visitation rights, which is precipitated by an accident Luke suffers before the play opens. Church says it’s “new and different to try and deal with those kinds of high-stakes emotions … decisions about who gets to visit and who doesn’t.”
Luke’s divorced parents, who show up after their son’s accident, are played by Merle Moores and Mark Robbins, also Kansas City theater veterans. Moores, whose last turn was a brilliant one as the volcanic Violet in Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s season-opener August, Osage County, says “You know, plays are always a journey. It’s always fun to get into them and talk about them. … There’s always a surprise, there’s always new things and it’s generally more interesting than you thought because people bring different things. … It’s a journey we all take.”
Moores has been at her craft since childhood, having taken drama lessons since the age of 12.
“After a very short period of time,” she remembers, “I said, ‘This is it — I love this.’”
After graduating from Omaha University (now University of Nebraska at Omaha), Moores moved to New York, where she studied at the American Academy. After marrying and being out of theater for several years, she and her family moved to Kansas City.
“ got back into theater, really, after I moved back to Kansas City. … My husband brought me here. I didn’t want to come back to the Midwest, and he said ‘You’ll love Kansas City,’ and I did. However, the Kansas City then, which was, like, 34 years ago, was totally different theatrically, artistically, in every way … as opposed to now, [when"> it’s exploding in all the arts.
“I think it’s fabulous — it’s exciting to be here now, wonderful. I’m so proud to be here. Great people, great talent.”
Charles Fugate, as Luke’s older lover, Adam, helps round out the cast. One of Fugate’s more memorable recent roles include a turn as the Nazi character Ernst Ludwig in the Kansas City Rep’s stellar 2011 production of Cabaret.
Next Fall plays at the Unicorn Theatre’s main stage through Feb. 12. For tickets and more information, call the Unicorn’s box office at 816-531-PLAY (7529) or visit unicorntheatre.org."
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
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Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
This health and fitness article is brought to you by that guy who’s sneaky like a black hole and bright like a nebula. My name is Ron Blake and I can be found playing with my telescope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
This article of motivation is brought to you by a guy who knows a good thing when he sees it. That guy of good vision is Ron Blake, and he can be spotted on that bright horizon at email@example.com.