Rob Roth is a performer/director who plays a Cocteau-esque wolfman full of woe and longing.
He was in full costume at the Out NYC gay hotel, where Out There magazine was having a party, and where a room was allotted for the evening’s performers (like Rob) to get dressed up in.
Having done so, he was sitting in the courtyard rehearsing his lines when an overanxious security guard came barreling over and treated him like a vagrant.
The guy just couldn’t seem to believe Rob was dressed like a wolf for a performance and that he was a legit person who deserved be hanging at the complex.
I guess he thought this is how homeless crashers dress nowadays!
Chalk it up to the magic of theater–or the horror of ineptitude.
Later, during the actual party, Rob barreled around with a bottle, bumping into people en route to the stage–fully in character, mind you.
Again, the guard got nervous and started getting on his case.
He even walkie-talkied for backup!
The crowd started acting a bit uncomfortable, wondering whether this was part of the show or not.
Yes, it is indeed part of the weird show that security has made itself the unexpected costar of.
PS: I just hope that at a gay hotel, they don’t get nervous when they see a bear lurking around.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 1, 2012