The Temperamentals

Written by JON MARANS
Directed by JOSEPH C WALSH

The Temperamentals

Greenwich Theatre, City Lights Theatre Company and Wild Oats Productions presents the UK premiere of the off-broadway smash hit, The Temperamentals in Dublin and Hereford before returning to Greenwich Theatre.

The Temperamentals tells the story of two men who faced an epic struggle to create history - and who, through their struggles, fell in love.

In pre-Stonewall America the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich came together to build the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights organisation, in a world where danger was never far away and an intoxicating secrecy hung in the air...

The Temperamentals marries the personal and the political to explore a relatively unknown chapter in gay history, celebrating the men prepared to risk everything to realise what seemed to be an impossible dream.

Harry Hay - Nicholas Cass-Beggs
Rudi Gernreich - David Ames
Chuck Rowland - Andrew Hayler
Dale Jennings - Tony Higgins
Bob Hull - Matt Ian Kelly

International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2011
The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
9-14 May at 7.30pm, 14 May at 2.30pm
Box Office: tickets available on the door from one hour before the show or online at

Out in the Sticks
The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
23 May at 7.30pm
Box Office: 01432 340555,

Greenwich Theatre
Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES
1-2 June at 7.30pm
Box Office: 020 8858 7755,

Nicholas Cass-Beggs

Nicholas Cass-Beggs (Harry Hay)
Nicholas was born in Montreal, Canada and trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama. Now based in London, Nicholas has performed as an actor on the London and Edinburgh Fringe, on the West End and throughout the UK. His credits include Stairway To Heaven (Blue Elephant), Aslan in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (New Vic Theatre), Ménage à Trois (Cochrane Theatre), Antigone (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Snowman in The Snowman (Peacock Theatre & Korean Tour), Park Avenue (Lilian Baylis Theatre), Pajama Game (Union Theatre), Kismet (ENO), Trailer (Camden Peoples Theatre) and La Fille du régiment, Tamerlano, The Rakes Progress and Orlando (Royal Opera House). Prior to becoming an actor Nicholas had a career as a contemporary dancer in Germany that spanned eight years. His dance credits include five years as a soloist with Philip Taylor’s Ballet Theatre Munich and three years with Ballett Nordhausen.

David Ames

David Ames (Rudi Gernreich)
David trained at Middlesex University and graduated in 2004. This is David’s second time in Dublin after 2008’s Lightning Strikes by Matt Ian Kelly, with whom he is now excited to be sharing a stage. Theatre credits include Moonfleece (Premiere) by Philip Ridley (Riverside Studios, Greenwich Theatre & Regional Tour), I Am Montana (Premiere) by Samuel D Hunter (Arcola Theatre, London), Love & Human Remains by Brad Fraser (Warehouse Theatre, Croydon) and Julius Caesar directed by Deborah Warner (Barbican, London). Television credits include Nathan in Dr Who ‘Planet of the Dead’ Easter Special and Doctors (BBC) and He Kills Coppers (ITV). Audio credits include Springheeled Jack in Bernice Summerfield - Judgement Day (Big Finish Productions 2011).

Andrew Hayler

Andrew Hayler (Chuck Rowland and Others)
Andrew is an actor, writer and director. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scott Mills: The Musical (BBC Radio 1). With City Lights Theatre Company he played Simon in Lightning Strikes at the Dublin Theatre Festival as well as Beryl (!) in Dogging(!). He has performed in productions for English National Opera such as La Boheme and the Olivier nominated Peter Grimes. For the Royal Opera House, La Forza del Destino and the Olivier nominated Tristan and Isolde.

Andrew Hayler

Tony Higgins (Dale Jennings and Others)
Tony trained at East 15 Acting School and is a scriptwriter, as well as an actor. His first play, Bedruthan Steps was staged at the Tristan Bates Theatre in 2009, and was followed by Dogging, a site specific farce. Theatre credits include: Dogging (The Royal Vauxhall Tavern), Lightning Strikes (Project Arts Theatre, Dublin) and The Gaydar Diaries (Pleasance Theatre, London and Edinburgh and New Theatre Dublin).

Matt Ian Kelly

Matt Ian Kelly (Bob Hull and Others)
Matt trained at ALRA. He has been touring extensively (UK and world tours) with Les Enfants Terribles on The Terrible Infants over the last three years as well as directorial duties on Dogging at the RVT and writing the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival hit Lightning Strikes.

Jon Marans (Writer)
Jon’s newest play The Temperamentals, produced by Daryl Roth and Stacy Shane, ran for over eight months off-Broadway, first at the Barrow Group Theater and then moving to New World Stages. The Temperamentals was nominated for both the Lucille Lortel and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway play and Mr Marans was nominated for the John Gassner Award. Other shows by Mr Marans include Old Wicked Songs, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, included in Otis Guernsey's Best Plays of 1996-97, New York Drama League Award (including play and both actors), LA Drama Logue Award. First presented by the Walnut Street Theatre, then in NYC by the Barrow Group, and then moving (produced by Daryl Roth and Jeffrey Ash) to the Promenade Theater where it ran for a season. In England, Old Wicked Songs started at the Bristol Old Vic, transferring to London's West End at the Gielgud Theater starring Bob Hoskins and James Callis. The play has been produced throughout the US and has been translated and produced in over a dozen countries. Mr Marans' one act, A Girl Scout World opened at the 2010 Bloomington Playwrights Project. Jumping For Joy had its world premiere at the Laguna Playhouse and was then subsequently produced at the International Adelaide Theater Festival. Legacy Of The Dragonslayers (book by Jon Marans, lyrics by Ronnie Gilbert) premiered at the San Jose Rep, Irrationals (book & lyrics Jon Marans, music by Edward Thomas) was produced at the Village Theater and ATA, NYC. In television, Mr Marans was a writer for Cookin' In Brooklyn and a writer/lyricist for the 1991 New Carol Burnett Show. In film, Jon Marans and Yuri Sivo were hired by Universal Pictures/Tribeca productions to write a political/war screenplay based on Roy Rowan’s acclaimed book Chasing The Dragon which takes place in 1947 China, in the middle of their civil war. Mr Marans is a graduate of Duke University in mathematics and a minor in music.

Joseph C Walsh (Director)
Joseph C Walsh is originally from Boston, USA, but has spent seven years living and working in London. He holds a BFA in Theatre Production/Management from Emerson College and a Masters in Directing from Goldsmith's College, University of London. Joseph has recently directed the Irish premieres of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and Songs For A New World and a critically acclaimed Irish national tour of The King And I. In the West End he served as Resident Director on When Harry Met Sally and Assistant Director on Coyote On A Fence. He is currently the Musical Theatre Co-ordinator for Plumstead Manor School and the Greenwich Young Apprenticeship Programme. His other directing credits include The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (reading), the European Premiere of Listen To My Heart: The Songs Of David Friedman, the World Premiere of Twisted: The Annie Ross Story, The Anniversary, Bent, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Man Of La Mancha, Once On This Island, Burke And Hare, I Am Star Trek and Annie Warbucks. As a performer Joseph appeared in Side Show and Joseph. He also toured North America for two years with Feld Entertainment performing in Anastasia On Ice and Pocahontas On Ice and appeared with World Champion Michelle Kwan in the television special Reflections On Ice which was broadcast worldwide.

Chris Withers (Lighting Designer)
Chris graduated from the BA (Hons) Lighting Design course at Rose Bruford College with first class honours. He now works as a freelance lighting designer and production electrician. Recent credits as lighting designer include: Cleveland Street The Musical (Above the Stag), Naked Boys Singing (New Players), December Man (Finborough), Change (Arcola), LoveC@t (Theatre503), Blavatsky's Tower (Camden People's Theatre), Saturn Returns (Finborough), The Great British Country Fete (Bush Theatre and Tour), Gutted - A Revenger's Musical (Assembly Ballroom, Edinburgh), Dirty White Boy - Tales Of Soho (Trafalgar Studios), Scouts In Bondage (King's Head), What's Wrong With Angry? (King’s Head), Dreamland (Theatre Royal, Margate), The Killing Of Mr Toad (Finborough), Estranged (Courtyard), Edges (Union), Frankenstein (Barbican Theatre Plymouth), The Canterbury Tales (Battersea Arts Centre) and Please Look At Me Now (Lorretto Theatre). Recent credits as an assistant/associate include: Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios), Lingua Franca (59E59 New York), Little Fish (Finborough Theatre), Well (Apollo Shaftesbury Ave) and How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found (Southwark Playhouse).

Ben Mills (Assistant Director)
Ben graduated from the University of Westminster in 2010 with a first class BA (Hons) in Film and Television Production, specialising in writing and directing. Since graduating, Ben has worked as a stage manager and assistant director at fringe and West End theatres, most recently on The Laramie Project (Greenwich Theatre), Cherry Pickin, Your Blossom (Albany), A Christmas Carol (Trafalgar Studios 2) and Deirdre And Me, currently touring in the Midlands.

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