Welcoming the imminent convergence of theater-festival season and gay-pride season is the second annual GAYFEST NYC, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batmans month of new gay-themed plays. Life changes and historical invocations are the big themes this year: The festival opens with Edward the King by David Brendan Hopes, about the 14th-century English monarch whose life is changed when he meets Piers Gaveston, first Earl of Cornwall, in a dirty alley. Brian Dykstras play, Spill the Wine, is the second main-stage production, in which a woman discovers her attraction to other women after being diagnosed with a fatal disease. Other works by Philip Gerson, Tim OLeary, and Steve Hayes round out the festival, which runs through June 15.
Wed., May 14, 8 p.m., 2008