About The Temperamentals


By Jon Marans

This hit off-Broadway play tells the story of two men - the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and fashion designer Rudi Gernreich - as they fall in love while forming the first gay-rights organization in the pre-Stonewall United States.  "Temperamental" was a necessary code word in the early 1950s - danger was always an underlying presence but with it, a heady, intoxicating secrecy also hung in the air.  Backstage raved, "The Temperamentals is an exceedingly fine play - smart, passionate, focused, and satisfying."