Leaving the Blues - January 16 - February 08, 2020

The Other Side of Silence


TOSOS Board of Directors

Michael Zegarski: President

Jamie Heinlein:Treasurer
Chris Andersson: Secretary
Mark Finley: Artistic Director
Kathleen Warnock: Associate Artistic Director

Brett Douglas: Associate Artistic Director

Barry Childs: Managing Director

Chris Weikel: Director of Development

Doug Fields
Olu Howard
Patrick Porter

Consultant: Judith Arner Brown, CauseWorth


TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence) is New York City’s oldest and longest-producing LGBTQ+ theatre company, originally founded in 1974 by Off Off Broadway veteran Doric Wilson (1939-2011), cabaret star Billy Blackwell and director Peter del Valle. It was called The Other Side of Silence, TOSOS for short. In 2002, directors Mark Finley and Barry Childs and playwright Wilson resurrected TOSOS. The company has produced over 30 mainstage shows and so many readings of new plays and works in progress we have trouble counting them all. www.tososnyc.org 


The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Niegel Smith and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, is one of New York’s leading Off-Off-Broadway companies. Winner of several Obie Awards, a Special Drama Desk Award for outstanding achievement and an Otto Award for political theater, The Flea has presented over 100 theatrical, musical and dance performances since its inception in 1996. Past productions include premieres by Steven Banks, Thomas Bradshaw, Erin Courtney, Bathsheba Doran, Will Eno, Karen Finley, Amy Freed, Sarah Gancher, Sean Graney, A.R. Gurney, Jennifer Haley, Hamish Linklater, Enrique Gutiérrez Ortiz Monasterio, Itamar Moses, Anne Nelson, Qui Nguyen, Adam Rapp, Jonathan Reynolds, Kate Robbins, Roger Rosenblatt, Elizabeth Swados, and Mac Wellman. Successes include Drama Desk nominated She Kills Monsters, These Seven Sicknesses, Restoration Comedy, The Mysteries and ten World Premiere productions by A.R. Gurney, including the WSJ Best New Play of 2013, Family Furniture. www.theflea.org



“Down Hearted Blues” by Lovie Austin and Alberta Hunter

“Handy Man” by Eubie Blake and Andy Razaf

“Vamping Brown” by Alberta Hunter

“DarkTown Strutter’s Ball” by Shelton Brooks

“Just A Closer Walk with Thee” by Traditional and W.S. Stevenson

“I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About” by Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey

“Lettie’s Blues” by Toshi Reagon


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