The Twentieth Century Way

The Twentieth Century Way

Los Angeles 1914 - a place where modern world reality meets 19th Century bigotry. A time when law enforcement agencies are on a collision course with the clandestine and illicit gay community. In this environment, the police department of Long Beach, California hire two actors as “vice specialists” – their role “to entrap social vagrants” in a sexual act by posing as homosexual men. Lurking in public restrooms and bathhouses, they entice likely suspects into exposing their genitals, then arrest them and in so doing earn $15 a shot. Thirty-one men are arrested. At least one commits suicide.

The Twentieth Century Way tells the true story of a dark chapter in the history of gay rights. Two actors take on a dizzying array of characters from cops to vagrants, lawyers to hacks, bait to quarry in a work that tackles the thorny themes of persecution, secret love, sex, deception and the relationship between dissemblance and performance.

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By:
Tom Jacobson
Producer:
The Collective in association with Jermyn Street Theatre
Director:
Marylynne Anderson-Cooper
Cast list:
James Sindall and Fraser Wall
The Twentieth Century Way Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Friday, 6 January, 2017
Opening date: 
Monday, 9 January, 2017
Available from: 
Friday, 24 November, 2017
Closes: 
Saturday, 28 January, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 28 January, 2017
MatineeEvening
Monday-7:30pm
Tuesday-7:30pm
Wednesday-7:30pm
Thursday-7:30pm
Friday-7:30pm
Saturday3:30pm7:30pm
Sunday--

Jermyn Street

Address:
16B Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6ST
Venue Box Office:
020 7287 2875
Nearest tube:
Piccadilly Circus

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