After conquering the Internet one homosexual at a time, we decided to take our show on the road — or, more specifically, to the stage! In July 2012, GAY NERDS took the Toronto Fringe Festival by storm, performing brand new material to packed houses in the historic Factory Theatre Mainspace. Audiences loved it, critics loved it, and our ex-boyfriend… thought it was okay. (But he never liked my cooking either, so whatever.)
We had a great time, and hope to remount the show in the future!
Our amazing poster! For a few weeks last summer, there wasn’t a wall in Toronto that didn’t have penis-shaped lightsabers plastered across it.
Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals! Over the course of three months, the cast and crew developed the script, did character and movement exercises, and worked to expand Sammy, Ralphie and Lana beyond their web series counterparts.
The lovely Joseph de Melo played Charlie, a play-specific character who breaks the fourth wall and gets into a relationship with Ralphie. (The adorable puppy is Rachel, our play’s official mascot.)
Kirsten Dahlin Nolan, who is also a key member of the crew on the web series, played the stage version of Lana.
Promotion! Buttons, posters, complimentary tickets, and countless other ways to entice Toronto’s indie theatre junkies into watching us do our thing.
We had an amazing time! Thanks to Toronto’s tremendously supportive audiences, Factory Theatre, the LGBT community, and to the Toronto Fringe Festival for giving us the opportunity to try something a little different.