Empire Stage will mount the first production of Aunt Jack by S.P. Monahan (Diva, Live from Hell), under the direction of Michael Bush (Himself and Nora). AUNT JACK follows the madcap family of Norman Sable-Church. After breaking up with his boyfriend-since-college, Norman moves clear across the country, leaving his fathers, George and Jack, in a tizzy.
Months later, with George, a prominent gay activist and historian, in failing health, Norman returns home to make things right and to introduce his parents to Andy, his new partner. Although happy for Norman at first, Jack and Phyllis (Norman’s biological mother) are shocked and appalled to find that Andy is not who they wanted for their son. Tension breaks into an intergenerational confrontation about sexuality, identity, and monogamy. AUNT JACK had a workshop and staged reading in September 2017 at The Bridge Theatre in New York, produced by Wide Eyed Productions. It will have another production later this summer at the Vermont Pride Theater.
S.P. Monahan is a playwright, performer, and hopeless Angela Lansbury addict. S.P. is best known for writing and starring in the one-man musical DIVA (winner of the 2013 United Solo Award for Best Musical and Backstage Magazine’s Audience Choice Award), which was later expanded into the critically acclaimed Dica:Live From Hell (music & lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen). Other plays include Rodham/Sade, What do you call a? (Alchemical Theatre Laboratory), Little Mac, Little Mac, You’re the very man (written w/ James Presson, Less Than Rent Theatre), Gallows(Winner Best One-Act 2012, Manhattan Repertory Theatre), and Thank you Fifteen(Fordham University).