No Longer Showing.
It’s happening again! The 2015 performance of And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid, the acclaimed, collaborative, serial performance, written by Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez, will be presented over the course of three evenings. This long-running collaborative work appeared and reappeared in New York City (and Allentown, PA) under many titles from the 1980s on: And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid, Hot Keys, Come Clean, The Confessions of Conrad Gerhardt, and Spring Offensive. In the original performance of the work, Weiss performed all the roles, but over time he and Martinez began casting actors and non-actors, and by 2008 hundreds of people had performed alongside Weiss in this perverse, scary, hilarious, sex-filled, and sexy serial drama that follows a charming serial killer through the queer underbelly of the city. Conrad Gerhardt, sometimes in tandem with his alter ego Bjorn Zoltar and, in later iterations, his son Billy, who is a hustler and also a serial killer, moves gloriously, passionately, and violently through show business from the stage to Walt Disney as well as through the AIDS crisis (referred to as the “taint” in Weiss and Martinez’s dramas).
Showing at Good Medicine & Company, the storefront theater that Weiss and Martinez ran out of their 10th Street apartment, and also at Café Cino, La Mama, the Performing Garage, Naked Angels, and PS122, these serials were celebrated by loyal audiences and participants.
July 14-16, 7pm
Brooke O’Harra, Nicky Paraiso, and Kate Valk have banded together with the support of The Kitchen to stage these evenings of Weiss and Martinez’s work. They have assembled a cast of about 50 people, many of who worked with Weiss and Martinez in the ‘80s and ‘90s, to reengage the work. Weiss will appear in the production, in various cameo performances, throughout the three-day run.
Directed by Brooke O’Harra. Musical direction by Nicky Paraiso.
The project is made possible with support in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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