Street" is boxing slang for a fighter who has been knocked
semi-conscious, but remains on his feet. QUEER STREET the stage play is
the metaphysical, symbolic journey of Kiki Diamond, an aging boxer who
squares off in the ring with the world's toughest opponent... LIFE. As
Kiki is being pummeled in the ring, he slips in and out of consciousness
and rages about the cards that LIFE has dealt him. Realizing that his
existence has been inconsequential, he decides to call it quits and
chooses to retreat to "Queer Street". "Queer Street" is a dream world,
and at first it's bliss for the antiquated pugilist as he winds up in
his old childhood hideout of a rooftop somewhere in the Bronx.
"Queer Street" comes at you from the angle of "The Last of The Urban White Boys"-- a heterosexual, working class male. Someone who was schooled & conditioned by men from a world before Kennedy was shot... someone who had the best of intentions and is holding on to information and values that have become obsolete in the new millennium. What becomes of such people? Their numbers are dwindling and society casts a cold eye on them unless they are needed. As we advance in education, technology and culture, these men are quickly becoming outcasts who don't fit in, that is until the next disaster... and there is always a next disaster.
"Queer Street" is a spiritual journey, but
make no mistake... the ideas and language can be rough and harshly
funny. It is the poetic language of an old school, New York
Irish/American street kid, who pulls no punches. If it can be said
that the current crop of plays being produced are sensitive explorations
into human relations and psychology, "Queer Street" is just opposite.
It is an explosion of "in your face" ideas and opinions that are thought
by many, but rarely expressed in a polite and politically correct
Running Time Approximately: 1 hour/20 minutes
"Queer Street" Photo by Nicholas B. Daddazio
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