Friday, September 28, 2018

Michael Gaucher Talks Hilarious New Golden Girls Parody (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with playwright and director Michael Gaucher about his hysterical new show “Dirty Secrets: A Golden Girls Lost Episode” a drag, musical parody that runs from October 5th to November 18th, 2018 at Club Café at 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bitter Bitch Production is based on one of America’s favorite sitcoms with an updated twist. Blanche is being blackmailed and the girls will do anything to get the money to save their friend’s reputation. The dilemma is clear as Blanche attempts to escape public humiliation while Sophia confronts her fears of ending up back in Shady Pines. Come enjoy a perfect night out and find out how this is resolved in this hilarious tribute for anyone who loves The Golden Girls. The show stars Blake Siskavich as Dorothy, Joshua Roberts as Rose, Brooks Reeves as Blanche and Joey Lachimia as Sophia with fabulous original musical numbers written by Fresh Fruit alumni Peter Gaioni and Michael Gaucher. So grab your BFFs and get ready to revisit Blanche and the girls in this must-see drag, musical parody event. We talked to Michael about his inspiration for creating “Dirty Secrets: A Golden Girls Lost Episode” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what he would like to accomplish with this show Gaucher stated, “Make some people laugh, make some money. If anyone hasn’t been exposed to The Golden Girls help to that but really just to expand on a much loved institution.”

Michael Gaucher received an MA in writing from Emerson College. He’s the author of a collection of short stories entitled “Fresh Graves”, several blogs and a contributing writer to multiple periodicals including Boston Spirit Magazine. He was a principle writer and performer in the drag cabaret comedy troupe “Fresh Fruit” and initiated “Herring Cove Beach Theater” along with Abe Rybeck from The Theater Offensive. “Dirty Secrets: A Golden Girls Lost Episode” performances will be on select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8P with select Sunday matinees at 1P from October 5th to November 18th, 2018 at Club Café in Boston, MA. There will also be cabaret-style table service for dinner/brunch and a show plus a 20% discount on food with your show ticket.
For More Info & Tix: goldengirlsdirtysecrets.com





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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cathy Renna Talks The 20 Year Legacy of Matthew Shepard (AUDIO)















In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Cathy Renna, managing partner at Target Cue an LGBTQ focused public relations firm about the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death next month, the events she is working on nationwide to honor this sad milestone and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. In October 1998 Matthew Shepard a twenty-one-year-old openly gay student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, beaten, tortured and left to die tied to a fence in the middle of a prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, simply for being gay. At that time Renna was the Community Relations Director at GLAAD where she played a central role in shaping the media coverage onsite of both the beating death of Matthew Shepard and the trial that followed, a tragedy that became a cultural marker for a shift in the level of media visibility of our LGBTQ issues. After leaving GLAAD Cathy has partnered with dozens of different organizations including the Matthew Shepard Foundation. One of the projects that Cathy is involved with in recognition of the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death was at the Iron Crow Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland with a production of the groundbreaking and award-winning play “The Laramie Project” written by Moisés Kaufman with members of Tectonic Theater Project.

Cathy also talked about the Tectonic Theater Project celebrity reading of “The Laramie Project” that took place on Monday September 24th at 7P at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in NYC which is a benefit to honor the progress made over the last two decades to erase hate. Performing in this event included Judy and Dennis Shepard, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde), six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof, The Drowsy Chaperone), Purva Bedi (Dance Nation, An Ordinary Muslim), Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies, Tuck Everlasting), Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Mary Louise Parker (Proof, Weeds), Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Olympic bronze medalist and U.S. Figure Skating champion Adam Rippon in his stage debut, Emmy Award nominee Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange is the New Black), Critic’s Choice Television Award nominee Asia Kate Dillon (John Wick 3: Parabellum, Billions), YouTube star and comedian Randy Rainbow and the original company of The Laramie Project: Stephen Belber, Amanda Gronich, Mercedes Herrero, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts McAdams and Kelli Simpkins with Tectonic Theater Project company member Scott Barrow. Tectonic Theater Project founder and Artistic Director Moisés Kaufman and company member Jimmy Maize directed this event and Emmy and Peabody Award winning journalist Anderson Cooper hosted the evening’s benefit reception. Proceeds benefited both the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project.
For More Info: laramiealegacy.org
For More Events Nationwide: matthewshepard.org




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Monday, September 10, 2018

HRC President Chad Griffin Talks Blocking Kavanaugh (AUDIO)















The Senate hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are over as we continue our series of audio podcasts with Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the largest LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States addressing why this Supreme Court nomination should be blocked. Last week Griffin stated, “Brett Kavanaugh’s refusal to answer very basic, very direct questions about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling bringing marriage equality nationwide is alarming and completely unacceptable. The Obergefell decision is settled law. If this nominee cannot so much as affirm that or the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families, he should not and must not be granted a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court. Kavanaugh’s career has been defined by decisions that threaten LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights and access to affordable health care. And yet, there is still so much we don’t know about Kavanaugh because Senate Republican leadership is refusing to allow the public access to 97 percent of the documents from his tenure in the Bush White House. During that time, President Bush took stances opposing a federal hate crimes law and advocating for a federal ban on marriage equality. These are issues that impact millions of LGBTQ people and families across America. We deserve honesty and openness when considering a justice for the nation’s highest court. We can’t afford to have Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court, especially given the unprecedented lack of transparency surrounding his confirmation process.”

In this exclusive audio podcast Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ participated in a press conference call last month with Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and hosted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to discuss what’s at stake for LGBTQ rights in the Supreme Court vacancy and nomination process. Chad Griffin stated “For the LGBTQ community, the urgency of our fight against Kavanaugh’s nomination is not abstract. It is literally about millions of people having a right to live their lives free from discrimination and with access to affordable health care. For decades, anti-LGBTQ extremists have attempted to use our courts as an instrument of oppression against the LGBTQ community. Now, for the second time in two years, they have handpicked one of their own to sit on the nation’s highest court.”

While the Senate gets ready to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh we will also hear from Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rachel Tiven, CEO, Lambda Legal, Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Call Your Senators & Stay Tuned!
For More Info: hrc.org





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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Senator Elizabeth Warren Talks Blocking Kavanaugh (AUDIO)
















With the Senate hearings beginning today for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh we are kicking off a series of audio podcasts beginning with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addressing why this Supreme Court nomination should be blocked. Yesterday at the Greater Boston Labor Council’s Labor Day breakfast U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey called on Trump to release more than 100,000 pages of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s records the White House is withholding as the Senate Judiciary Committee begins questioning the Supreme Court nominee today. Senator Warren stated, “After all, we have asked for the documentation, as this candidate has been part of government in the past and yet, the administration is hiding 100,000 pages of his records so that not only can the Senate not see it, the American people can’t see it. I think that’s enough to say, let’s hit the brakes on this nomination and until we get the full paperwork, nothing should go through.”

In this exclusive audio podcast Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ participated in a press conference call last month with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and hosted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to discuss what’s at stake for LGBTQ rights in the Supreme Court vacancy and nomination process. Senator Warren stated, “Brett Kavanaugh was handpicked by the anti-LGBTQ Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. A Justice Kavanaugh would be a threat to people of color, women and the LGBTQ community. It’s time we raise our voices like never before and say no to Kavanaugh.”

Over the course of the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh we will also hear from Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rachel Tiven, CEO, Lambda Legal, Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Call Your Senators & Stay Tuned!





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