Torch Song to shine on Ladysmith stage

The Vancouver Island Players’ Society are ready to light up the stage with Torch Song.

The Vancouver Island Players’ Society are ready to light up the stage with Torch Song.

The original Torch Song Trilogy, by Harvey Fierstein, is done in three acts, said Deb Owen, one of the producers helping bring the iconic story to Ladysmith.

“We are doing the last act, which is Women and Children First. It was impossible for us to put together all three acts. It would have been four-and-a-half hours.”

The play won a Tony award and was turned into a motion picture.

The play chronicles the life of Arnold Beckoff, said Owen, a homosexual man trying to live his life.

“He’s basically a New Yorker in search of love and respect in a time when AIDS was coming out and (there were) gay hate crimes,” said Owen.

Owen said they were planning on doing the first and last act, but had to settle on doing Part 3 after some casting complications over Christmas.

“It should be about 90 minutes and it shouldn’t need any follow up for people to follow along,” said Owen.

“It’s pretty straight forward.”

The show is being directed by John Fox.

Tickets are available by calling 924-0658 or visiting www.ladysmithslittletheatre.com.