Torch Song Trilogy

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Torch Song Trilogy [1] is a 1982 collection of three plays by American actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein (1954- ) [2] rendered in three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First!. The story centers on Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing Jewish drag queen living in New York City in the late 1970 and 1980s.

Performance history in South Africa

1984: Performed at Market Theatre by The Company, directed by Janice Honeyman, starring Judy Page, Danny Keogh, Wilson Dunster, Ruphin Coudyzer, Dorothy-Ann Gould, Arnold Vosloo, Andrew Worsdale, and Annabel Linder. Designs by Anthony Farmer, music directed and performed by John Oakley-Smith, lighting design by Mannie Manim.

1984: This production moved to the Baxter Theatre, featuring Jean Dell, Danny Keogh, Wilson Dunster, Adrienne Pearce, Arnold Vosloo, Andrew Worsdale, Brenda Wood.

Translations and adaptations


Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

Torch Song Trilogy theatre programme, 1984.

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987.

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