See Who’s Joining Harvey Fierstein in Gently Down the Stream at the Public | Playbill

News See Who’s Joining Harvey Fierstein in Gently Down the Stream at the Public The Martin Sherman play will have its world premiere in the spring.
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The Public Theater has announced complete casting for Gently Down the Stream, the new play by Tony-nominated playwright and screenwriter Martin Sherman. Joining Harvey Fierstein in the world-premiere staging will be Gabriel Ebert and Christopher Sears.

In Gently Down the Stream, Fierstein plays Beau, a pianist expat living in London at the dawn of the internet dating revolution who meets Rufus (Ebert), an eccentric young lawyer. Hailing from two very different generations of gay men, their subsequent love story is billed by the theatre as “remarkably moving“ and “brilliantly funny.“

Directed by Sean Mathias, the show is set to begin previews March 14, 2017, with an official opening scheduled for April 5. The production has been extended one week through April 23.

Here’s how the Public Theater outlines Sherman’s newest work: “After a life spent recovering from the disappointment and hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it, Beau is determined to keep his expectations low with Rufus. But Rufus comes from a new generation of gay men who believe happiness is as much their right as anyone else’s, and what Beau assumed would be just another fling grows into one of the most surprising and defining relationships of his life. A remarkably moving, brilliantly funny love story, Gently Down the Stream reflects the triumphs and heartbreaks of the entire length of the gay rights movement, celebrating and mourning the ghosts of the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.“

Member tickets are now available. Single tickets will go on sale to the public January 10 by calling (212) 967-7555,, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.


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