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In 2007, with his film career at a standstill, openly gay actor and writer Rupert Everett felt exiled from the industry. In the metaphorical gutter, looking up at the stars, he found inspiration in the final years of Oscar Wilde, another artist who publicly hit rock bottom.

 

For more than 30 years, Gengoroh Tagame, the celebrated gay Japanese manga artist, created bara-themed erotica: manga made for gay men by a gay man, stylized by bear-ish characters engaged in BDSM. 

In 2014, his work took a sharp turn to focus on family life.

Comedian, actress and dish queen Kathy Griffin is no stranger to controversy, but this year she finds herself back from celebrity exile after drawing the fiery and somewhat hypocritical wrath of the political establishment, media and the entertainment industry last year for a satirical photo she took depicting her holding the severed, bloody head of Presdient Donald Trump. The result was quick and decisive, as representatives for venues and networks across the country rushed to cut ties and cancel upcoming gigs.

There’s a lot of misfit action rampant at Plays & Players in October. The theater’s long-running tenant, 1812 Productions, just happens to be this city’s sole company purely dedicated to all things comic. British playwright Tom Wells writes about his gray industrial hometown of Hull, England with misfit-driven plays about escapism such as “Folk,” “Jumpers for Goalposts” and now “Broken Biscuits,” which has its American premiere at 1812 in October.

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