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    "Score" stageplay

    Anyone know of a way of getting hold of the stageplay (note not screenplay) to Score? The writer is in his 80s and- shock, horror- doesn't have a social media prescense or a linedin or any obvious way to contact him. Beyond that I'm kind of drawing a blank on how else one could proceed. Gotta figure it must be an archive or something, somewhere but that stuff is well outside my ken. Any tips?
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    One of his other plays has been published, and the site has a contact form.

    Chelsea Station Editions presents the debut publication of a "lost" play from the gay liberation era, Tubstrip by Jerry Douglas.

    This risqué comedy set in a gay bathhouse was a popular success when produced onstage in 1973-1974, in the era of gay liberation and the sexual revolution. The play, often dismissed by mainstream critics but hailed as "funny, sexy, and important" by the gay press, ran for 140 performances off-Broadway, then toured to eight cities over nine months, and returned to Broadway starring the legendary adult film star Casey Donovan in the lead role. Despite its unprecedented success and acclaim, the play was never published. Until now.

    Along with the debut publication of the script of the play, this edition includes a foreword by Jordan Schildcrout entitled "Tubstrip and the Erotic Theatre of Gay Liberation," which examines the significance of the play as one of a wave of erotic gay plays (most of them forgotten or lost) that emerged between 1969 and 1974. This edition also features rarely seen publicity photos, posters, and advertisements from the original production of the play.
    https://tubstrip.com/

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    That's not a bad lead... Thanks! I've sent off an email to Jordan at Tub Strip. See if that gets me anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry M View Post
    Rialto report did a great writeup on Score recently including some reviews of the stageplay. Definitely worth a read.
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    The Altered Innocence news had me googling trying to remember Delany talking about Halsted, and I found this piece about Douglas' THE BACK ROW by Bradford Nordeen. Halsted's just mentioned en passant, but bonus points for the Delany pic. Also includes Vinegar Syndrome cameo and embarrassing handjob anecdote.

    https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/the-...n-the-back-row

    It mentions a Douglas production diary piece published in Manshots (September 89):

    First-time filmmaker Jerry Douglas goes into great detail, describing this film-within-a-film montage in his production diary, published in the September 1989 issue of [I]Manshots. “Faced with the problem of directing my first sex scene… ease into the scenes of sexual foreplay and hope that nature will take its course. It doesn’t.” Roommate Wanted! was shot in a friend’s apartment (“It’ll be a hoot!”) but porno sets always come with their share of drama. Douglas came from a theatre background, and was hired to write and direct a feature based on the success of his erotic, off-Broadway production, Score (later adapted into a feature by Radley Metzger, and also starring Casey Donavon). Douglas writes of his artistic ambitions for Roommates Wanted!: “find new and interesting camera angles, which are at once inobtrusive to the actors, yet will provide a better vantage point for what people are paying to see.”
    THE BACK ROW needs release.

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    Dom, did you have any luck tracking Score's stageplay down? My understanding is that Marco Seidelmann plans/planned to publish all of Jerry Douglas' writing (such as this volume from last year: https://www.amazon.com/Directing-Sex...dp/3960346344/), but I don't know how Douglas' passing has affected that. I interviewed him a few years ago (https://www.vice.com/en/article/3djk...o-archive-porn) about his archives and the plan was for NYU to acquire his papers upon his death. I hope that's still the case, but the key archivist involved in that suffered a stroke a few years ago and while he's thankfully recovered, I'm not sure whether NYU's porn-related acquisitions have kept on in his absence.

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    I didn't know Douglas had passed. That's a bit sad. Last year I did manage to get a hold of Douglas' email address and was going to shoot him a missive when something came up in my own life that made the idea of doing a stage show run seem unworkable. I'm still keen to do this but it's on the backburner a bit. It always looked like a difficult task... Crunching numbers I couldn't figure a way it could be done without investing a huge amount of money. It's hard to do something like that commercially in a country like Australia. There's so much government investment in the "arts" that it's hard for an independent to fight for their own space. All the best venues, advertising etc are taken with no expectation of covering costs for, say, the 200th production of Waiting For Godot. It's not a level playing because the reality for me would be that I would always need to be profitable while they can just sink cash. It's the same reason we have no film industry worth a damn. But, yeah, still keen...
    Last edited by Dom D; 06-13-2021 at 04:10 AM.
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