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Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999 - File 021. 1999-12-24. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/6369/show/6360.

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(1999-12-24). Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999 - File 021. Montrose Voice. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/6369/show/6360

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 24, 1999
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 20 OUT ON THE BAYOU DECEMBER 24,1999 • HOUSTON VOICE QJd&GWQm HOPE >■ Continued from page 15 School of the Performing and Visual Arts and the University of Houston, ever since. Hope is a frequent feature in the Houston theater scene, and he is currently adding holiday cheer to "A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas" with his giddy characterization of Scrooge's first employer, Fezziwig. He's also been the valet Bennett in "Travesties," delivering a show-stopping three-page monologue on the slippery course of Russian revolutionary theory. In the farce "Noises Off," his split-second antics were in league with the best of Carol Burnett. Hope also has done the memorable role of John Barrymore in "I Hate Hamlet." With the larger-than-life presence of a silent film star, and the matinee idol looks of the "great Profile" himself, Hope was Barrymore. In addition to his Alley performances, Hope brought the South alive again while dancing with Juliet Prowse in the touring company of "Mame," barged down the Mississippi in "Showboat," shot bulls-eyes in "Annie Get Your Gun," looked properly sanctimonious in nun drag in "Execution of Justice," and removed Ms clothes for "Love! Valour! Compassion!" "Talk about a motivator," Hope said of sans clothes appearance in "Love! Valour! Compassion!" "I had gotten in the best shape of my life. We should all have to be naked on stage all the time. I lost 30 pounds and lived at the gym and tanning salon. "Before the Second Act, you'd see us doing crunches in the wings and pushups and lunges. Boobs, butt, and abs; boobs, butt, and abs," he said. Hope did manage to get a date out of all that physical exertion, but it didn't turn out well— he started off the evening disparaging Hope's car and, not too much later, his income. But being single is just another role to master, Hope said. "That's when I came to the hypothesis that actors are caught in the middle where dating is concerned. I think this may be particularly true in the gay community, but I would like to think it's not. But if we meet somebody who's into the arts, and is well read, and witty and fun, and loves what we do, and we're on the same page, chances are, if they're not another actor, they're so A-list, they don't want to date an actor, it's like, they're fun for a dinner party, but I don't want to marry one," he said. After a quick glance out the window over Bayou Place, Hope puts another spin on his dating theory, wondering if some people don't want to date actors because of the hours they work—they're often working when others are getting off and heading home. "That narrows it down to bartenders, drunks, pushers and hustlers," he said before a brief pause and a burst of laughter. "Well, I guess there are worse things," Hope added. He concedes that one had better be a theater junkie if dating an actor. "And, we don't have a large pool of gay actors in town. Or, if that's the case, they're taken and are in lovely relationships ... the fuckers," Hope said with a laugh. "There are all of the frustrations of being a gay actor in Houston, which are probably not much different from being an actor. It's a good essay. Maybe it just needs more thought." In a fit of desperation, Hope has tried personal ads in newspapers. "First, I'm going to find out if there are any people out there in the audience who've wondered if I was datable, so I've got to make this ad obvious to those who know who this is," he said. So he included this phrase: "Appreciation of Victoria de los Angeles and Irene Dunne not required, but advisable." The ad received no response, so he changed the reference to Maria Callas and Geraldine Page. Two dates came from that one, ending his attempts with personal ads. "What's interesting about working at the Alley is that there are fewer gay actors in 'straight' dramas than one might think. Right now, I'm sharing a dressing room with two other Friends of Dorothy, and it's so refreshing. The ruby slippers are all lined up. I'll play show tunes and opera, scented candles, male nudes. You can always know it's my dressing room: smells good, looks good, sounds good," Hope said. Is there a downside to his current show, "A Christmas Carol?" "What's really bad about this show is that there's no time to cruise the audience. We're always so busy and in motion, we can't check out who's out there," he said. Casing the house is a time-honored theatrical tradition, and Hope says he relishes it, except when a complex script requires concentration. "In 'Gross Indecency/ my brain was bleed- Paul Hope, a fixture on the Houston theater scene, appears in Alley Theatre's "A Christmas Carol' through Dec 20. about known gay actors playing straight characters, than there are about straight people playing gay. But, no, I haven't found much of a challenge or obstacle where that's concerned," Hope added. A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas Through Dec. 30 Alley Theatre 615 Texas Ave. Tickets to $49 713-228-8421 Gay Men's Chorus of Houston Dr. J. David Faber, Artistic Director \^Q \T is just the beginning! The 1 LUXV year 20(H) has got us busy preparing Spring and Pride concerts, hosting Schola Cantorosa, the Gay Men's Chorus of Hamburg, Germany for a special July performance, and putting together a smashing concert set for GALA Festival2000in July. Consider joining the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston. Whether you sing, dance, play an instrument, or use a computer, you can be a valuable part of the chorus. If you have a flair for organizing, you can help us coordinate with our German friends. Rehearsals are every Thursday at 7 p.m. beginning January 6, 2000 at Grace Lutheran Church, 2515 Waugh Drive (at Missouri Street; parking lot is on Missouri) H On the Internet, visit us at http://www.gmch.org orcall713.521.SING = Our Voices.. Entertain, (hange Lives, Win Freedom The Gay Men's Chorus oi Houston is a 501tcM3) non-profit organization. WINNER Best Director 1999 Cannes Film Festival BEST PICTURE BEST ACTRESS 1999 European Film Award Nominees "THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!" -Richard Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE (International) "MARVELOUS! ALMODOVAR'S BEST FILM BY FAR!" -Janet Maslin, THE NEW YORK TIMES "AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER!" -Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE A film by. ALMODdVAR hm.i'.mhh EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT RIVER OAKS starts Wednesday, December 22 2009 w. Gray St-(713) 524-2175 Call Theatre lor Showlimes
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