Continuing its 20th Anniversary Season, Actor’s Express is proud to offer the Atlanta Premiere of legendary playwright Terrence McNally’s Some Men, a sweeping comedy-drama that spans nearly a century of gay life in America. This landmark play celebrates all the complexities of the American gay experience. From laughter to tears and from struggle to triumph, Some Men is McNally’s most important and vital work since Love! Valour! Compassion!

Some Men spans the Twentieth Century and into the Twenty-First, looking at gay relationships and how society has influenced their evolution. 

Playwright

Terrence McNally

Director

Kent Gash

Synopsis


Artistic Director Freddie Ashley says, “I am elated to offer Some Men to Atlanta audiences. As playwrights go, you don’t get better than Terrence McNally. His work always offers a delicate blend of humor with something much deeper. Some Men, in my opinion, ranks among his very best work. And in a canon that includes Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, that’s saying something.”

Ashley continues, “It’s so important when staging work about the gay experience to look at how a particular play intersects with the present moment. Some Men is the perfect play for today in that it looks at where the community has been and where it is today. And the picture it paints is one of triumph and celebration. That kind of validating message is more crucial than ever.”

Helming the Actor’s Express production of Some Men is Kent Gash, Associate Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre. Gash marks his first return to Actor’s Express since directing the critically acclaimed 2006 World Premiere of Love Jerry by Megan Gogerty. According to Ashley, “One of the first things I did when I became Artistic Director last summer was approach Kent about directing this play. He is simply one of the best directors working today in the American theatre. His sense of visual storytelling is always stunning and he is also a true ‘actor’s director,’ always eliciting the best performances possible from the actors with whom he’s working. I have no doubt that he will deliver a production that will stand as one of the greatest in Actor’s Express history.”

The cast of Some Men features AE vets Doyle Reynolds (I Am My Own Wife), John Benzinger (Octopus, dark play or stories for boys), Steve Emmanuelson (Bent) and Jacob Wood (The Last Sunday in June). Other actors in the cast making their AE Mainstage debut include Don Finney, Will Cobbs, Louis Gregory, Tom Thon and Tim Batten.

The design team includes Korey Washington (scenery), Mike Post (lighting), English Benning (costumes) and Joseph P. Monaghan III (sound).

Some Men premiered at Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2006. It was subsequently produced off-Broadway by Second Stage in 2007.

Cast & Creative Team

Will Cobbs

Marcus, The Snake, Alex, Angel Eyes, Seb, Gordon

Tom Thon

Dr. Aaron, Tommy's Dad, Buffed in Chelsea, Trey, Joseph

Jacob Wood

Piano Man, Zach, Nick, Dick, Mr. Keys, Lewis

Performances

Preview Performances
Thursday 5/1 – Saturday 5/3 @ 8 p.m.
Gala Opening
Sunday 5/4 @ 5 p.m.
Regular Performances
Wednesdays – Saturdays 5/7 – 5/31 @ 8 p.m.
Sun. 5/11 & 5/25 @ 5 p.m.
Sun. 5/18 @ 2 p.m.

From the audience