The diversity. Scandal. Mystery. Truth. Tom Jacobson’s The Twentieth Century Way, a little-known historical chapter in Southern California history, returns in dramatic form October 1-31, LGBT + History Month, to kick off the 2021-22 season of the South Florida Island City Stage.
This gripping period drama that kicked off the theater company’s award-winning tour in 2012 tells the true story of two actors who enlisted in the Long Beach Police Department in 1914 to trap “social vagrants.” Thirty-one men were arrested and the ensuing scandal led to an order against “oral anal sex” in California. The play stars Clay Cartland as “Warren”, originally the role in the Island City Stage production, and newcomer Alfonso Vieites as “Brown”.
“Island City Stage is proud to be dedicated to creating quality professional LGBT + community-focused theater experiences for universal audiences,” said Andy Rogow, Artistic Director of Island City Stage. “By revisiting the play that put us on the map, The Twentieth Century Way still resonates today and reminds us of our mission to tell socially relevant stories that explore LGBT + issues and history.”
Clay Cartland is originally from South Florida and recently performed Shrek and Groundhog Day with Slow Burn Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Some of his favorite performances include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Desperate Measures, Flashdance, 1776, Peter and the Starcatcher and First Date. Clay is also a proud member of Actors Equity and has received two Carbonell and four Silver Palm Awards. Clay also works as a voice over artist and teaches improvisational comedy.
Alfonso Vieites is excited to make his Island City Stage debut. He was last seen at The Foundry in Party! He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Florida International University and has since continued his training with the Sociedad Actoral Hispanoamericana in Doral. He also had the pleasure of appearing as a daytime player on two Telemundo shows.
Last month, to kick off its anniversary production of Tom Jacobson’s The Twentieth Century Way, Island City Stage presented a special free Behind the Red Curtain community forum titled “Law Enforcement and the LGBT + Community – Where Are We Now today ? “
The program, supported by Equality Florida and the GLBX Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, included community leaders and advocates discussing the progress of South Florida’s law enforcement in how they interact with the community. LGBT + to promote diversity and inclusion.
Island City Stage’s 10th anniversary season 2021-22 will also feature Andrew Kramer’s Armature from January 27 to February 27, 2022; Suddenly, Tennessee Williams’ last summer from March 17 to April 17, 2022; Le Mystère d’Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam from June 9 to July 10, 2022 and One In Two by Donja R. Love from August 4 to September 4, 2022.
Island City Stage is located at 2304 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. Tickets start at $ 35 per show. Season subscribers can save with a $ 150 Flexpass for all five productions (a savings of $ 25 on individually priced tickets plus no handling fees) and receive $ 5 off additional tickets purchased. Other discounts are available for groups.
For more information and tickets, please visit islandcitystage.org, call (954) 928-9800 or email [email protected]