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World Premiere of ‘The Gold Room’ Goes Inside Gay Role-Play

“Everything in the world is about sex, except sex.  Sex is about power.” 

– Oscar Wilde

This week, i am a slow tide, presents the world premiere of The Gold Room by Jacob Perkins, starring Scott Parkinson and Robert Stanton in a visceral. mind-bending fall into the genesis of queer identity. Performances begin October 14th for a limited run through November 5th. Tickets are now on sale at

From the press release: “In The Gold Room, two middle-aged men meet for a chance sexual encounter, only to find themselves entangled in a haunting role-play. Perkins’s play drives its audience through a wondrously dark and surprisingly explosive minefield of scenes. “

The Gold Room is an interrogation of the violence I’ve done to myself in response to the violence others have done to me,” says playwright Jacob Perkins. “It’s about creating a room where I feel safe and secure to love someone who looks and sounds like me. It’s about the looming threat that someone may walk in and disturb that sanctuary. That amidst all of the vulnerability established with another person, we could be invaded or denied or punished…or perhaps simply be seen. The audience watching this process of intimacy unfolding amidst dread and fear is, for me, what it’s like to be a gay person: that notion of being viewed and commented on and either approved of or dismissed. For me, that is the queer canon.”

(photo credit: Maria Baranova)

Sixteen performances of The Gold Room will take place October 14–November 5, 2022, at HERE, located at 145 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.

The performance schedule is Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Tickets start at $30, are available at Standard ticketing fees apply.

HERE will require proof of full vaccination for all artists, staff, and audience members for all in-person performances. Masks and/or CDC-recommended face coverings will be required for audiences and employees inside the theater at all times.

Main image: (photo credit: Maria Baranova)

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