New Play Exploring Queer Identity The Gold Room Sets World Premiere at HERE | Playbill

Off-Broadway News New Play Exploring Queer Identity The Gold Room Sets World Premiere at HERE

Robert Stanton and Scott Parkinson lead the cast of the Jacob Perkins-penned play.

Robert Stanton and Scott Parkinson

Presented by performance and media collective i am a slow tide, Jacob Perkins’ The Gold Room will make its world premiere Off-Broadway at HERE beginning October 14 ahead of opening October 16. The limited run is set to play through November 5.

The Gold Room follows two middle-aged men as they become wrapped up in a haunting roleplay after a chance sexual encounter. Starring are Scott Parkinson and Robert Stanton.

Director Gus Heagerty helms the queer creative team, which includes set designer Emona Stoykova, lighting designer greer x, costume designer Elizabeth Caitlin Ward, production stage manager Andie Lerner, and producers Sam Max and Anne Troup.

The Gold Room is an interrogation of the violence I’ve done to myself in response to the violence others have done to me,” shared Perkins in a statement. “It’s about creating a room where I feel safe and secure to love someone who looks and sounds like me. It’s about the looming threat that someone may walk in and disturb that sanctuary. That amidst all of the vulnerability established with another person, we could be invaded or denied or punished…or perhaps simply be seen. The audience watching this process of intimacy unfolding amidst dread and fear is, for me, what it’s like to be a gay person: that notion of being viewed and commented on and either approved of or dismissed. For me, that is the queer canon.”

The Gold Room wrenches the needle forward on our understanding of queer experience,” adds Heagerty. “It’s a mind-bending inquiry into how a self is formed. How we’ve taken the shame and trauma that was dumped on us and wedged it between our own romantic interludes. Jacob’s pungent text locates the baffling feeling of isolation inside a romantic dynamic.”

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