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PHOTOS: Play Set in Gay Bar Celebrates Queer NYC History

PHOTOS: Play Set in Gay Bar Celebrates Queer NYC History


The world premiere of Mickey Bolmer's Back, which takes place on Halloween in 1989, raises a toast to Greenwich Village.

Tonight they're going to party like it's 1989.

Poetic Theater Productions presents Mickey Bolmer's Back, a play that celebrates and mourns the history of New York's Greenwich Village through the lives and stories of the neighborhood's most notable artistic denizens, including Nan Goldin, Frank O'Hara, Hibiscus, George Platt Lynes, and Cookie Mueller. Mueller, a writer, actress, and muse of filmmaker John Waters, died from AIDS-related causes in 1989 at the age of 40.

"Set amidst the backdrop of a Greenwich Village gay club on Halloween 1989, the village partygoers take on the personas of past friends and lovers, many of whom lost their lives to AIDS," read press notes about the off-off-Broadway production. "In her final days of life, Cookie Mueller makes a final journey to Varick Street to find her friends, or possibly to stop time, or perhaps to explore her history, or maybe just to dream. Everyone is invited to the tragedy party as Mickey Bolmer's rich poetic language takes us Back into a world of love, loss, creation, and possibility."

Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward with production design by Rachel Klein, the world premiere ofBack officially opens tonight and runs through October 31 at the cell, where "audience members are invited to attend in period appropriate attire to celebrate an evening of vogue, sexuality, history, and experimentation."

The cast includes Xandra Clark, Mateo d'Amato, Tamara Geisler, Matthew Lynch, Felix J. Mayes, Olivia Nice, Bello Pizzimenti, and Adam Wennick.

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Matthew Dalton Lynch and Olivia Nice


Xandra Clark, Bello Pizzimenti, Mateo d'Amato, and Adam Wennick


Tamara Geisler, Bello Pizzimenti, and Matthew Dalton Lynch


Tamara Geisler


Adam Wennick

See more Back production photos on the next page.


Tamara Geisler, Xandra Clark, Olivia Nice, and Mateo d'Amato


Felix J. Mayes and Bello Pizzimenti


Felix J. Mayes, Adam Wennick, Tamara Geisler, and Xandra Clark


Matthew Dalton Lynch, Xandra Clark, Bello Pizzimenti, Tamara Geisler, Felix J. Mayes, and Olivia Nice


Olivia Nice and Matthew Dalton Lynch

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