BY: Alan Bowne
DIRECTED BY: Michael S. Pieper

Opened July 2000

“Overall, its raw-meat acting stays true to a survivor story too real to be safe.” -Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Free Press 

CAST: Danny Belrose, Alex Present, Troy Lindsey, Michael McEvoy, Lyle Aker, Michael Quinn, Myles Leevy
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SET DESIGN: Michael Pieper
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Alex Present/ Peat Wolleanger

-A powerful and fascinating excursion into the nightmare world of male prostitution. These boys live on the bitter edge with survival, a matter of day and night doubt.
-A hotel room, a john, four hustlers, their manager and a dead body all add up to a night of hell!
-A sharply focused nether world, full of danger and surpassing sadness exploring the journey of these eerie men-children, who are thrust from pubescence into a premature sort of middle age.

The late Alan Bowne’s plays include BEIRUT, which premiered at the Manhattan Class Company, transferred to The Westside Arts Theatre and opened at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles; SHARON AND BILLY, also presented at Manhattan Class Company, San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, Houston’s Alley Theatre and Portland Stage Company in Maine. FORTY-DEUCE, which garnished critical acclaim Off Broadway, won the Villager Award for Best Play of 1981. Among his screen credits are MIXED BLOOD and SPIKE OF BENSONHURST. The recipient of an Arthur Foundation Prize, Bowne was participant in the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference and a member of New Dramatists.

Michael S. Pieper
Michael is currently the Head of Acting at the Second city Training Center. He created this program almost nine years ago with the late Martin da Maat. He also was on the faculty of the United States International University of San Diego for 8 years and Artistic Director of the North Coast Repertory Theatre Conservatory in San Diego for four years. In Chicago, Michael was Artistic Director at the Boxer Rebellion Theatre and Resident Director/Artistic Associate at the Trap Door Theatre. He has been a Guest Director and Instructor at Northern Illinois University over the past 7 years. He has directed over 80 productions in his career. His plays have received 9 Jeff recommendations, 7 Jeff nominations, 3 Jeff citations and 5 After Dark Awards.