Plays by or about Mr. Crisp

The celebration of Quentin Crisp's life and his influence continues to be a worldwide phenomenon, even nearly ten years after his passing.

Beginning in 2000, stage productions of the life and times of Quentin Crisp began appearing on stages worldwide.

From London, New York, Edinburgh, Manchester, even to Australia and New Zealand, these shows have presented Quentin Crisp in the likeness of "imitators" (a term he humorously declared when acknowledging that there would be many future Crisp imitators).

"It will be a sort of flattering immortality," he said to Mr. Ward while working on The Dusty Answers in 1999.

The wise and witty Quentin Crisp lives again in a heart-lifting new show Quentin & I, The New Mini-Musical. This clever new one-man one-act musical, starring David Leddick as Quentin Crisp, appears at The Club at LaMaMa ETC for two nights only: March 6 & 7, 2006!

Quentin & I, The New Mini-Musical is about the flamboyantly eccentric international celebrity Quentin Crisp and Mr. Leddick's twenty-year friendship with him. Out of their friendship comes this new musical that tells the whole funny, touching story in words, song and dance.

With libretto and lyrics by David Leddick, and music by Andrew Sargent, Quentin & I, The New Mini-Musical has ten original songs, ranging from English music hall to romantic ballad in style. Some of the songs are "I Was Disgusting," "I Welcome a Police State," and "Let's Get Dirty."

The show debuted in Miami Beach in April 2005 to benefit the South Beach Gay Men’s Chorus.

Visit Mr. Leddick's web site here.

In 1996 Robert Pacitti traveled to New York to meet and spend time with Quentin Crisp. Pacitti's ambition was to produce a new theatre work that took Mr. Crisp's infamous autobiography The Naked Civil Servant as its starting point. Civil is a response to Mr. Crisp's seminal book and explores issues of liberty and disobedience. The work explores notions of lineage, and becomes a process about letting go—of ownership, of origin, and ultimately of Quentin Crisp.

Wishing to explore issues around disobedience and liberty Robert Pacitti saw Quentin Crisp as a forerunner to many of the then queer/post-gay identities of the day. Mr. Crisp had always run the gauntlet of public disapproval and at the time of their meeting, Mr. Pacitti wrote of him "I have seen the face of a parent."

Civil premiered in Manchester in 1996, and was commissioned by Queer Up North Festival for that year and launched their 1996 Festival. It waws funded by the Arts Council of England and The London Arts Board.

In 2002, San Francisco's Eureka Theatre Company presented Carved in Stone, a play written by Jeffrey Hartgraves, featuring Quentin Crisp as a character in an afterlife group that includes Oscar Wilde, Tennesee Williams, and Truman Capote.

In this comedy/drama, Capote, Wilde, Crisp, and Williams await you in an "afterlife lounge" for the ultimate after party, where truth is subjective, reality is debatable and death might just be a good career move.

Richard Connema of Talkinbroadway writes, "Imagine four gay literary icons sitting around the 'afterlife lounge' in a special corner of heaven bitching and camping with each other. Imagine that a hot young hunk, who really does not know his sexuality and has just written a gay literary sensation before his death, has entered this sacred site. Apparently playwright Jeffrey Hartgraves and director John Fisher could imagine it well."

Read Leon Acord's essay Becoming Quentin Crisp as to what it was like preparing for his role as Quentin Crisp in the play.

Visit the play's web site here.

Regarding Tim Fountain's remarks
"on the significant death of Quentin Crisp"

Resident Alien, a stage adaptation by Tim Fountain and Quentin Crisp of Mr. Crisp's writings, showcased Bette Bourne and played a limited run at the New York Theatre Workshop during January and February 2001. The show made it's world premiere in London in 2000.

Hailed by The Times of London as a "virtual
obituary" for the famed "naked civil servant," Resident Alien imagines Quentin Crisp in his East Village flat on a recent day not long before his death. As the play proceeds, a view of the man behind the mascara is revealed through ruminations on life, love and the twentieth century.

Drawing on Mr. Crisp’s writings and commentary, Resident Alien presents a dramatic literary tribute to a true original.

Read the eulogies by Fountain and Bourne from the memorial tribute booklet, Quentin Crisp 1908–1999, now available online.

Tea 'N Crisp is a one-man show based on the writings and public appearances of the internationally precocious gay icon Quentin Crisp.

This production is an unauthorized adaptation of Quentin Crisp's one-man show An Evening with Quentin Crisp, which is part of Mr. Crisp's final book, The Dusty Answers.

Tea 'N Crisp was first performed during the 2007 National Gay Pride week in Berkeley, CA, by the playwright and actor Richard Louis James and presented by the Shotgun Players.

Read Mr. Ward's 2007 interview with Mr. James here.

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