Free Play Reading Today at 2 PM of LOVE GODFREY/LOVE GEORGE, by John Stoltenberg at the MLK Library in DC

LOVE GODFREY/LOVE GEORGE, by John Stoltenberg has a FREE staged reading TODAY, Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 2:00 pm at the MLK Library


John Stoltenberg.
John Stoltenberg I.

John: Readers of DCMetroTheaterArts know you as a writer about theater, not a writer for theater. What’s up with that?

John Stoltenberg II.
John Stoltenberg II.

John: I grew up writing stuff to be performed, starting with a puppet show when I was in fifth grade, and I wrote plays until my early 30s when I switched to nonfiction. So for me this staged reading is like having a recovered memory without the madeleine. Or like a prodigal playwright returns. Or like a strange simile mashup.


What’s Love Godfrey / Love George about?

It’s about an hour.

You know what I meant.

It’s a love story about two men in their twenties: Godfrey, who is black and an out-of-work actor-model, and George, who is white and a church organist. The play begins in their bedroom just after they’ve had rambunctious sex. It’s a funny, sexy romantic comedy until suddenly it’s not. Midway through, the play takes a tragic turn, the story gets seriously sad, and Godfrey and George have to figure out what’s to become of their love.

Where and when is it set?

New York City, 1970.

Why 1970?

Because it’s a love story between two gay men who don’t live in a gay culture. Stonewall was 1969, but George and Godfrey weren’t aware of it. The movie Boys in the Band came out that year, but George and Godfrey would not have seen it and would not have recognized themselves in it if they had. Theirs is a playful bromance with benefits, and they’ve created their own culture, a private world of jokey references to the TV shows they watched as kids. Then suddenly the world crashes in and they must grow up.

Who’s presenting the reading?

Blind Pug Arts Collective. Did you see their amazing production of TAME at Capital Fringe last year?

Why are you asking me that? You know I did.

Oh duh. Well, it was amazing, right?

It was. What’s your point?

I showed Love Godfrey / Love George to Michael Poandl, whose byline also appears often on this site, and he liked the script and wanted to direct it so he told the Blind Pug Arts Collective folks about it, and they’re all schmoozy friends from AU, and so basically I lucked into this.

Who’s the cast?

Jaysen Wright. Photo by Kristina Sherk.
Jaysen Wright. Photo by Kristina Sherk.

OMG they’re good. Jaysen Wright, who was so great in Choir Boy and Take Me Out, is reading the part of Godfrey, and Joshua Simon, who was so great in Bigger Than You, Bigger Than Me and Dani Girl (for which he got an HHA nom), is reading the part of George. Total dream cast. Can’t believe my good fortune.

Joshua Simon.
Joshua Simon.

So would you say that selfie-Q&A is shameless self-promotion?

Pretty much.


Love Godfrey / Love George will be read Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 2 PM in room A-5 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – Central Library, 901 G Street NW, in Washington, DC.

Admission is FREE!


Previous article‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ at Spotlighters Theatre
Next article‘On Approval’ at Washington Stage Guild
John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg is executive editor of DC Theater Arts. He writes both reviews and his Magic Time! column, which he named after that magical moment between life and art just before a show begins. In it, he explores how art makes sense of life—and vice versa—as he reflects on meanings that matter in the theater he sees. Decades ago, in college, John began writing, producing, directing, and acting in plays. He continued through grad school—earning an M.F.A. in theater arts from Columbia University School of the Arts—then lucked into a job as writer-in-residence and administrative director with the influential experimental theater company The Open Theatre, whose legendary artistic director was Joseph Chaikin. Meanwhile, his own plays were produced off-off-Broadway, and he won a New York State Arts Council grant to write plays. Then John’s life changed course: He turned to writing nonfiction essays, articles, and books and had a distinguished career as a magazine editor. But he kept going to the theater, the art form that for him has always been the most transcendent and transporting and best illuminates the acts and ethics that connect us. He tweets at @JohnStoltenberg. Member, American Theatre Critics Association.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here