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Title Houston Voice, No. 1005, January 28, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date January 28, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 22 OUT ON THE BAYOU JANUARY 28, 2000 ' HOUSTON VOICE Coming together on '(Sh {Mil (Mh(mi(mii 0 6r. > Continued from page 17 a high school athlete who's believed to be gay brutally beaten and sexually assaulted in the gym. But we also see progress, and in the third of the movie's trilogy of stories, two men make a public declaration of love right in their hometown—though some there take to the streets in protest. "We see a change for the better, definitely, through the course of these stories," said Donna Deitch, the movie's director. "We see a progression in gay rights, and it does end on a happy note." Showtime assembled a powerhouse team of writers for its look at small-town gay life. Gay playwrights Paula Vogel ("How I Learned to Drive"), Terrence McNally ("Love! Valour! Compassion!") and Harvey Fierstein ("Torch Song Trilogy") were brought in to write the movie's three separate stories. There was no shortage of big names in front of the camera, either, including Jason Priestley, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Eric Stolz, Steven Weber, Margot Kidder, Ed Asner and Brittany Murphy. Deitch's directing credits include Oprah Winfrey's "The Women of Brewster Place" and numerous episodes of "N.Y.P.D. Blue,'' "H.R." and "Murder One." But in the gay community she's best-known as director of 1986's "Desert Hearts," its bold depiction of love between two women making it a lesbian favorite. Deitch, 48, was involved in last-minute post-production work on "Common Ground" when she was interviewed recently by Houston Voice. She lives with her partner, writer Terri Jentz, in Santa Monica, Calif. "Clearly, I was right for the subject matter," Deitch said of taking the assignment to direct "Common Ground." But as a native of San Francisco who attended college and graduate school in California, Deitch knows she was spared many of the indignities borne by the characters in the movie's fictitious Homer, Conn. In Paula Vogel's "A Friend of Dorothy," the character played by Brittany Murphy returns home from a stint in the Navy in the 1950s. But after it becomes common knowledge that she was booted out with a Section 8 discharge for sexual deviance, she finds herself unemployable and disowned by her mother. A kind friend (Helen Shaver) helps her escape to New York. In Terrence McNally's "Mr. Roberts," set in the 70s, a tormented gay teen (Jonathan Tavlor Thomas) turns for help to a teacher (Steven Weber) he believes to be gay. The teacher at first shuns the boy's friendship, preferring the bitter security of his own closet. But after the boy is sexually assaulted in the locker room, the teacher finds he must take a stand. Finally, in Harvey Fierstein's "Amos & Andy," two gay men in a long-term relationship plan their union ceremony. But thev didn't plan on protesters, including one man's veteran dad (Ed Asner). The movie's three stories each stand alone, though united by the image of the town square and johnny Burroughs (Eric Stoltz), a disabled veteran who raises the flag there each day. "This movie is like a gay 'Our Town,'" Deitch said, comparing the work to Thornton Wilder's famous ode to the joys and sorrows of daily life. Stoltz's character, she said, compares to "Our Town's" Stage Manager, who maintains a running commentary on its action. Deitch had high praise for her cast, particularly for Jonathan Taylor Thomas, "who had a very large demanding part. It was emotionally brutal, no matter how you look at it." With its relentless wholesomeness, "Common Ground" is a long way from Britain's juicy "Queer as Folk." Is there a danger that by its reliance on "safe" characters (girl and boy victims who are branded as gays and persecuted even before they've experienced sex, and a long-term couple, one of whom bemoans their middle-class, middle-of-the-road lifestyle) the movie is sacrificing sexual realism for the sake of political progress? "You're asking somebody who probably made the hottest lesbian love scene in the movies," Deitch informed, referring to "Desert Hearts." "In this particular project, 1 came on as director, not creator. If those sexual scenes were there, believe me I would have shot them." Coming out was not an issue for Deitch— making her feature film debut as director of "Desert Hearts" saw to that. But she acknowl- As a gay teen, Jonathan Taylor Thomas turns to gay teacher Steven Weber for help. edged that the decision to live openly can be a tough one for gay and lesbian actors—especially those who play romantic leads. "There is a certain amount of projection that goes on on the part of the audience and the fans. 1 think people are afraid that if it were known that an actor is homosexual, perhaps that suggestion and the fantasy that fuels it could not exist. "I'm not casting a vote for staying in the closet. I think that's a sad and miserable place to be, and I wouldn't wish it on anybody Those who are there, I'm sure are suffering— all the way to the bank," Deitch said. I Common Ground Showtime Jan. 29, 8 p.m. Jan. 31, 10 p.m. Feb. 10, 9 p.m. '< % Ifs a jungle out there! 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