The Great Outdoors August Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
2017 is the 20th anniversary of this mainstream (New Line Cinema) gay-themed film, based on Terrence McNally's Tony Award winning play (Best Play 1995).
Eight gay men from New York City spend three summer weekends at a large, secluded 19th-century lakeside home in upstate New York. The eight are: Gregory, a successful but aging choreographer and owner of the home; Gregory's blind and much younger "significant other" Bobby; Art and Perry, two "yuppies" celebrating their 14th anniversary together; John, a mean-spirited, cynical English playwright who loathes his twin brother James; Ramon, John's "companion," a handsome and talented Puerto Rican dancer who is physically attracted to Bobby and tries to seduce the blind man; James, a cheerful soul who is in the advanced stages of AIDS; and Buzz, life of the party and fan of Broadway musicals dealing with his own HIV-positive status. As the summer progresses and secrets begin to surface, the complex relationships within the group are sometimes strained and sometimes strengthened. Billed as an outrageous mix of "The Big Chill" and "The Bird Cage", this mostly comic film includes serious, even tragic, elements.
Location: John's and Robert's home (in the saloon behind the house) in Santa Barbara.
Date: Friday, August 18
6:30 Social hour with hearty appetizers provided by YOU (please bring a ready-to-serve appetizer to share). BYOB, or partake of the hosts' bar for a contribution of $5.
7:30ish Movie begins. Discussion to follow.
Please RSVP by clicking the Register button by Thursday, August 17. Space is limited. Email Howard to send you the address if you don't have it already.
See you August 18 for "Love! Valour! Compassion!"