Before Stonewall, before AIDS, before Marriage Equality – there was Mart Crowley’s landmark play The Boys in the Band.  The play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and was turned into a film the next year by the director William Friedkin. In 2018, The Boys in the Band premiered on Broadway for its 50th anniversary and will be a Netflix film in 2020.


The play revolves around a group of gay men who gather for a birthday party in New York City, and was groundbreaking for its humorous and poignant portrayal of gay life. The play has been called "a true theatrical game-changer, helping spark a revolution by putting gay men's lives onstage — unapologetically and without judgment — in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them."  John Johmann leads an inclusive and diverse cast.


Performances take place at the Deacon John Grave House in Madison, Connecticut.