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On-Demand Video: Harvey Fierstein Takes Us Inside His New Play, 'Casa Valentina'

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Greene Space's Inside Look: Broadway series wrapped up Tuesday, March 11 with a peek behind the curtain of "Casa Valentina" - the first new play from Harvey Fierstein in nearly 30 years. 

WQXR's Elliott Forrest sat down with the four-time Tony Award-winner to talk about the play, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello. It opens in previews April 1 at the Manhattan Theater Club. Fierstein joined us to talk about his career, the story behind his new play and why he was drawn to its subject - a first for Broadway audiences.

Set in 1962 in the Catskill Mountains and based on actual events, the play centers on a group of heterosexual men who gather in an inconspicuous bungalow colony to discreetly and safely dress and act as women. 

"There's this whole universe of heterosexual transvestite men who are faceless and voiceless, who we don't understand," he said. "I felt like...I can at least bring them out to an audience, have people see how very human they are, have people see their struggle, have people see this unbelievable joy."

Watch the entire conversation below.

Please Note: This video contains strong opinions and adult language. 


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Comments [3]

Phyllis Barell

Have been a Manhattan Theater Club member for years, as are my children. Just watched Harvey Fierstein's broadcast on my laptop. I thank Mr. Fierstein for writing this play, MTC for producing this play , and can't wait to see it.

Thank you all.

Mar. 20 2014 05:06 PM
David Gaudette from New York, NY

Great interview. I was lucky enough to be in the audience during the taping. Harvey is a very engaging conversationalist. We're close to the same age. He's been my "hero" since "Torch Song Trilogy". The interview in person was far more entertaining in person. Harvey talks from his heart, there were lots of edits to this interview. He's a good man...and that voice!

Mar. 20 2014 05:01 PM
Veronica Shine

As a NY Times Columnist by the name of Anna Quindlen once said, “If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.” Harvey Fierstein proves he is not only a multi-talented force but a person who never stands on ceremony. I hope his new play, 'Casa Valentina' runs for years and years. Thank you for posting this interview.

Mar. 15 2014 04:03 PM

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