Proud to Know You: A Cabaret Celebration of Doric Wilson’s Fifty Years as a Playwright
Billy Blackwell-John Wallowitch Musical Theater Project in association with United Stages, presented as a benefit for TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence)
Directed by Mark Finley
Musical Direction by Steve Ross
The Laurie Beechman Theater
March 19, 2011 (one night only)
Proud to Know You is the kind of event that could take place only in Manhattan, and perhaps only be fully appreciated in Manhattan with its proprietary array of local luminaries on stage and in the audience. It was a unique evening honoring playwright Doric Wilson.
The honoree, whose early work at Café Cino in the 1960s, subsequent plays, and his co-founding of The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS: the first professional theater company to address the gay experience openly and authentically) created his well-earned status as one of the pioneers of off-off-Broadway theater. The evening, hosted by Rick Hinkson and seamlessly directed by Mark Finley, included cabaret performances by long-time friends (not just acquaintances) of Mr. Wilson, interspersed with five scenes from Mr. Wilson's plays.