Harvey Fierstein in conversation with Justin Vivian Bond – Times Square Chronicles

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Fisher Center and Oblong Books welcome Tony Award-winning artist and author Harvey Fierstein for an evening in honor of his new memoirs I was better last nightyou (to be published on March 1 by Knopf). At March 11, Fierstein will be joined on stage by another iconJustin Vivian Bondin a lively conversation about his memoir, followed by a Q&A with the audience. A poignant and hilarious memoir by the cultural icon, gay rights activist and four-time Tony Award-winning actor and playwright, I was better last night reveals untold stories about her personal struggles and conflicts, about sex and romance, and about her storied career.

Harvey Fierstein’s legendary career has taken him from the community theater of Brooklyn, to the lights of Broadway, to the absurd excesses of Hollywood and back again. He has received accolades and awards for acting and/or writing an incredible array of hit plays, movies and TV shows: Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, Cheers, La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies, and Naughty boots. Although he has never shunned the spotlight, Mr. Fierstein says even those closest to him have never heard most of the stories revealed in these wildly entertaining pages. I was better last night lays bare the inner life of this eccentric non-conforming child from his roots in Brooklyn in 1952, to the experimental worlds of Andy Warhol and the Theater of Ridicule, to the gay rights movements of the 70s and to the tumultuous AIDS crisis of the 1980s, through decades of addiction, despair and ultimate triumph. Mr. Fierstein’s heartfelt recollections offer a rich window into downtown New York life, gay culture and the evolution of theater (of which he was a defining figure), as well as a moving account of the journey of acceptance of his family. I was better last night is filled with wisdom learned, mistakes made, and stories that come together to describe a surprisingly colorful and meaningful life.

This event will take place on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. in Olin Hall at Bard College. Tickets are $38 and include a signed copy of I was better last night. To purchase or reserve tickets, go to fishercenter.bard.edu, call 845-758-7900 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or email [email protected]

Harvey Fierstein is the Tony Award-winning author of Song of the Torch Trilogy and La Cage aux Folles. His other theatrical writings include Naughty boots, News, Casa Valentina (all Tony nominees), A catering business (twelve Drama Desk nominations), and Beautiful beautifuland his theatrical performances include Song of the Torch Trilogy and hair spray (Tony Awards for both), fiddler on the roof, La Cage aux Folles, Gently on the creekand A catering business. His film and television appearances include Mrs. Doubtfire, The good wifeand Cheers (Emmy nominated), and he voiced characters in the film Mulane and the shows Big mouth, The dark crystal, BoJack Rider, and much more. He lives in a fictional small town in Connecticut with all the animals that will have him.

Justin Vivian Bond has appeared on stage (Broadway, Off-Broadway and London’s West End), on screen (small bus, Can you ever forgive me?and Sunset Stories), television (High maintenance, difficult peopleand Lowering), nightclub stages (including a decades-long residency at The Public Theatre’s Joeʼs Pub), and concert halls around the world (including Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House). In December 2019, Mx. Bond made his Vienna Staatsoper debut as Orlando’s child in Olga Neuwirth’s world premiere Orlando. Mx. Bond’s visual art and installations have been seen in museums and galleries in the United States (Participant, Inc. and The New Museum) and abroad (Vitrine, London). their memoirs, Tango: My childhood upside down and in high heels (Feminist Press), won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction.