The Performing Arts Center at 32 Below in New Milford will open its production of “2 By Fierstein: The International Stud” (part one of the multiple Tony Award-winning “Torch Song Trilogy”) and “On Tidy Endings” (from the award-winning “Safe Sex”) Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.

Following opening night, the productions will be staged Nov. 4, 10, 11-12 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.

Both one act plays are written by Connecticut local, Harvey Fierstein.

In “The International Stud,” the life of Arnold Beckoff, a lovable torch song-singing drag performer living in New York City in the late 1970s is told with humor, joy, and a few songs as he struggles through love, loss, and the challenges of walking in heels.

Set in the late 1980s, “On Tidy Endings” is a funny and poignant portrait of how the universal experience of losing a loved one is reexamined in the context of AIDS, when a gay man and a straight woman meet to tidy up loose ends following the death of the man they both loved.

“For more than thirty years, Mr. Fierstein has been a celebrated and very original voice in theater,” said director Bill Hughes of New Milford. “His sense of humor and humanity consistently shine in his writing. It’s something any playwright would be envious of.”

“It really is tremendously exciting to be performing in roles that Mr. Fierstein not only wrote but also created in performance,” said Joseph Russo, of New Milford, who is performing roles in both pieces.

“Exciting and a bit intimidating,” he added, laughing. “His writing is extraordinary. He’s created characters who can make you laugh, cry, and laugh again in a single line. It’s beautiful.”

Along with Mr. Russo, the casts include: Aaron Kaplan of Bethel, Jacqueline Decho Holm and Patrick Fergus of New Milford and Beth Bonnabeau of Washington.

Scenic, lighting, and sound design are all by Hughes.

Tickets are $15 at the door for general admission.

The plays are recommended for audiences over 13 years of age

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