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Mostly McNally, Proud Out Loud at Theatre West

Featuring the work of America’s Celebrated Queer Playwright

A Theatre West Associates Show

The screening on June 23rd will be followed by a discussion and talkback with Kaufman, producer Marcia Ross, and veteran McNally performer and documentary participant Tyne Daly (Master Class, Mothers and Sons).

Saturday, June 22nd 8pm & Sunday, June 23rd 2pm

$15 Suggested Donation

Featuring the work of America’s Celebrated Queer Playwright


Produced by Michael Van Duzer.

For its Third Annual Proud Out Loud celebration, Theatre West will present a weekend of programming honoring the achievements of five-time Tony® Award-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally (1938-2020).

On Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 8:00 p.m., Theatre West actors will present an evening of readings from McNally’s plays, along with a few songs from some of the musicals for which he provided the librettos. We’ll include readings from Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Some Men, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Perfect Ganesh, and a few surprises.

On Sunday, June 23, at 2:00 p.m., there will be a screening of the Emmy® nominated American Masters documentary about McNally, Every Act of Life, produced, written, and directed by Theatre West member Jeff Kaufman. Following the screening, there will be a discussion and talkback.

Every Act of Life. Documentary/Biography. Written and directed by Jeff Kaufman. Produced by Kaufman and Marcia Ross. From The Orchard. (Color, 2018, USA, 93 minutes, not rated) Featuring F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Tyne Daly, Edie Falco, John Glover, Anthony Heald, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno. The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBTQ rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and the relentless pursuit of inspiration.

Winner - Film Out San Diego Festival.

“Touching, insightful, and moving….Like most great documentaries, it leaves you hoping for more.” — Newsweek
Van Duzer

Michael Van Duzer

Michael Van Duzer is primarily a playwright and director. He has only recently returned to performing after a long, long hiatus. He performed on the Theatre West stage in his short plays Hand Beneath The Table and Sons of God, Proud Out Loud in 2022 and 2023, as well as several staged readings and musicals. He also took part in the 2022 holiday show, Winter Wishes, and the 2023 show So Many Stars.

He won a Robby Award for his portrayal of Henry Kissinger in the world premiere of Our Man In Santiago at Theatre West and joined the rest of the cast for the show’s Off-Broadway run in 2022. Michael is the current Chairman of the Artistic Board of Theatre West.

Jeff Kaufman

Jeff Kaufman

Jeff Kaufman directed, produced, & wrote the Emmy-nominated American Masters documentary about playwright Terrence McNally, Every Act of Life (with Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Nathan Lane, Billy Porter, and others), and the Critics’ Choice-nominated documentary about Iranian human rights activist and political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh (narrated by Olivia Colman), Nasrin. Other films include The State of Marriage (about the women who launched the marriage equality movement), and The Savoy King (about Harlem jazz and the discovery of Ella Fitzgerald, with John Legend, Janet Jackson, and Billy Crystal), plus short documentaries with Time Magazine and Amnesty International.

Since Covid, he has written three full-length plays and two short plays. His second play, First Aid, was a winner of the 2024 Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival.

He also contributed cartoons to The New Yorker and illustrations to The Los Angeles Times, wrote for The Washington Post and CNN, hosted an Associated Press Award-winning daily radio talk show in Vermont, and exhibited paintings in several Los Angeles galleries. In 2023, he organized a global women’s rights campaign about the mandatory hijab and its connection to women’s right to choose with Amnesty International, PEN America, RFK Human Rights, Ms. Magazine, and others.


featuring F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Tyne Daly, John Glover, John Benjamin Hickey, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Angela Lansbury, John Kander, Tom Kirdahy, Marin Mazzie, Joe Mantello, Rita Moreno, Terrence McNally, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Doris Roberts, Don Roos, Richard Thomas, Patrick Wilson, plus the voices of Dan Bucatinsky, Bryan Cranston, and Meryl Streep.

2020 Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

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“Touching, insightful and moving . . . like most great documentaries, it leaves you hoping for more.” - Newsweek

“Jeff Kaufman's briskly entertaining film will be met with heartfelt applause.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“I wasn’t prepared for the emotional release of this film.” - The Village Voice

“Riveting and revealing.” – Entertainment Weekly


Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Out At the Movies (Winston-Salem), Best Documentary

FilmOut San Diego, Freedom Award and Best Documentary

Connecticut LGBT Film Festival, Best Documentary and Documentary Audience Award

Boston Globe Globe Docs, Audience Award

Tampa International LGBTQ Film Festival, Audience Award

Image Out Film Festival (Rochester, NY), Jury Award

Boston LGBTQ Film Festival, Audience Award

Gaze Film Festival (Dublin, Ireland), Spirit Award