February 12, 2011
By Adam Bink
Late last year, 4-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally put together a one-night performance of his play “Some Men”, featuring brilliant actors and actresses like Lily Tomlin and Alan Cumming, to benefit the Courage Campaign Institute and the new phase of our “Testimony” project, which we’ll be rolling out later this month. It’s very exciting.
Yesterday, the New York Times reported there might be a little bit of a Valentine’s crush going on between Terrence and Courage’s founder/chair Rick Jacobs:
February 11, 2011
Psst, So-and-So’s Got a Crush
By PHILIP GALANES
MOST of us entertain little crushes on folks in the public eye. Don’t bother denying it. There may be dashes of physical attraction (hello, Rafa Nadal), but just as often, our fancies run to the wildly ingenious (Mark Zuckerberg), or wickedly funny (Amy Sedaris), the purely inspiring (President Obama in Tucson) or all of the above (Kim Kardashian — kidding!).
But what about our celebrity crushes themselves? Who are they obsessed with? Herewith, a few of my infatuations — and their own crushes du jour.
TERRENCE McNALLY has been writing plays (and winning Tony Awards) for 40 years. But you’d never know how long it’s been from how fresh his work feels. From “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” to “Master Class,” his plays move and dazzle.
His crush: “I’m a sucker for a man with a mission. My most recent crush is Rick Jacobs, the founder of the Courage Campaign, an organization dedicated to marriage equality.”
Have you met him? “This fall, he produced an anti-Prop 8 benefit reading of my play ‘Some Men’ to a packed house in Los Angeles. Now he’s taking the show on the road to promote Testimony, a Courage Campaign project that puts real names and faces to the issue of same-sex marriage rights.”
Rick and Terrence, sitting in a tree
The whole piece is fun to read. Alec Baldwin, Michael Cunningham, Amy Poehler, and other fun people are on the list, too.
But in reality, all that you’ve done has helped make Courage’s work a success. We were talking about the piece internally yesterday and everyone agreed it’s you who drive our work.
Stay tuned for more on the Testimony project.
Oh, and Happy early Valentine’s Day!