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Globally recognized as Hollywood’s first openly gay actor, and then following an announcement on Entertainment Tonight as the first actor in Hollywood to come out as HIV-positive, Michael Kearns has been a provocative and impassioned voice in the cultural and artistic landscape of America and beyond for nearly fifty years. In addition to teaching private and group writing classes, Kearns is presently an Artistic Associate at the esteemed Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles, Artist-in-Residence at Housing Works, and Artistic Director of QueerWise, a Spoken Word Collective he founded in 2011.

The Latest on Art, Culture, & Politics

by Michael Kearns
LOS ANGELES, CA – September 13, 2021 – Echo Park’s stalwart indie bookstore, Stories Books & Cafe, is pleased to present a special evening with esteemed Los Angeles playwright Michael Kearns on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. To commemorate the publication of his eighth theatre book, Who’s Afraid of Michael Kearns?, the author will be joined by special guest JoNell Kennedy who will reprise her role from Bang Bang—one of the plays from this anthology—with a
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Kearns asks, “Ready for your HIV/AIDS vaccine?” in his fourth episode of Michael Mentors, a blogcast in which the artist-activist speaks to  current issues that move him or infuriate him or confuse him. In this edition, the commentator compares the generational LGBTQ response to AIDS and the response to COVID; he applauds Moderna for their movement in making a vaccine come true; he wonders if the 21 st Century gay boys are missing something and
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  Perhaps one of the most cherished men of the Los Angeles theatre is Steven Leigh Morris, a playwright, novelist, and theatre critic whose crisp intellect and unwavering energy has given him a powerful voice on the cultural landscape. And I was lucky enough to do the fortieth episode of “Animal Farm: Conversations on Theatre and Politics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests.” Steven is a class act; he carries himself—if you can carry yourself
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Join us on Saturday, June 26th at 7pm for QueerGender  a livestream spoken word by my writing group QueerWise.  Here’s a little taste of the show.    
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When Mart Crowley’s landmark play, The Boys In The Band played Off Broadway in 1969, half of the cast members were considered “mentally ill or sick” because of their offstage lives, complicated by their onstage lives in which they played characters who were labeled with a “mental disorder.” These guys may have been the toast of the town but the lemons they were served on the side had not yet turned into lemonade. Many of
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When the brilliant actor Brad Davis died of AIDS in 1991, Hollywood went ballistic. Although it wasn’t a suicide, he left a note that detailed his extreme unhappiness, especially in relationship to the nature of his death, certain that the town where he’d made his mark would rebrand him. Six years and how many red ribbons later, Hollywood had grown hoarse bemoaning its losses but in reality it was business as usual. It took Davis—from
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