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– World Premiere


Written by: JD Stewart.
Directed by: Ashley Wren Collins.
Lights/Sound by Gregory Jackson
Stage Manager: Shelley Mitchell


JD Stewart

GAY BOY uses comedy, drama, and sex to explore how one man navigates his way through life as an English Teacher in Daegu, South Korea. The play is written and performed by JD Stewart, and Ashley Wren Collins directs. GAY BOY is a provocative account of some sort of gay man living some sort of life as an English Teacher in South Korea. His best friend Stella has been cheating on her girlfriend, behavior which Gay Boy abhors, but this doesn’t prevent him from sleeping with as many men as possible. To add to his list of first world problems, his mum won’t stop calling and all the porn websites in Korea are blocked. At least there’s a new guy at work who wears skinny jeans to provide distraction, or not. On the surface, GAY BOY may seem like a, well, (what we believe is) a typical gay boy: highly sexed, sassy, and reveling in both. But when his vulnerability surfaces after what would normally be a one-night stand, truths about his past are finally revealed.

JD Stewart’s GAY BOY mixes fact and fiction with his candid story-telling style, frankness, and humor, offering an alternative take on how Gay Boys are viewed – basically, it’s not always as simple as what we are led to believe. Drawing on his time spent as an English Teacher in South Korea, Stewart not only sheds light on a society the west knows little about, he illuminates an aspect of gay culture we think we understand, only to learn that sometimes what we think we know is more harmful than good.


Cabaret Theater


Wednesday - September 6 - 9pm
Friday - September 8 - 9pm
Saturday - September 9 - 5pm
Sunday - September 10 - 5pm
Thursday - September 14 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 16 - 2pm
Sunday - September 17 - 5pm

Running time: Gay Boy is 60 Minutes $15.

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Ashley Wren Collins is a New York City-based producer, director, choreographer, actor and writer. She received her BA in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Collins produced and
acted in the feature film, Chasing Taste, “Best Comedy” winner of the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival and the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival and available now on iTunes, Verizon FIOS and later this year on Amazon. She is the director/choreographer of the off-Broadway hit Flak House, I’m Mindful…of My Anxiety, and the choreographer of
Honestly Abe and Foxy Ladies Love Boogie ‘70s Explosion. Collins also directs the new works and thesis projects of MFA and BFA in Dramatic Writing candidates at NYU and is the author of several books. She is currently working on a book about the 1960s folk rock band The Association, which will be published by Rare Bird Lit. Ashley’s short
story, “Daddy’s Girl,” won the SLS-St. Petersburg Review award, a scene from her play Not It premiered at the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition Conversations in America series, and she is the recipient of a writing fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. Recent acting credits include, Shades at Cherry Lane Theatre, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Boardwalk Empire, and Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood, for which she won “Outstanding Leading Actress” and was nominated for “Outstanding Choreography.”

JD Stewart is a Scottish writer and performer based in New York City. He received his BA/Hons in English Studies from Stirling University (2008) and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2017). He also completed the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting (2015). Selected acting credits: Jesus Christ
Superstar, Night of the Living Dead, Pocket Queens (Seoul 10-Minute Play Festival Finalist), Cock, and Glitch. Recent writing credits: Kaleidoscope, developed as part of the writing team workshop for White Rabbit Sexcapades, Nov.-Dec. 2016, www.WhiteRabbitProductions.org Finalist: 2016 Theater Masters Festival, Aspen; The Bachelor: Creature
of Legends, Co-writer of Baggage Claim (Daegu Theater Troupe, South Korea). Short film, The Fabric of Life (dir. Jamie Cristello, 2017). His modernized adaptation of Medea with men, titled Struan, and his play Fluidity Part One: Movement (both directed by Ashley Wren-Collins), received readings at the Goldberg Theater, Tisch, in August 2016 and May 2017. Stewart is a 2016 recipient of The Dewar Arts Award for Scotland, J.S. Seidman Scholarship, and the 2017 MFA
Chair’s Award from the Tisch Dramatic Writing Department.



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