a romantic comedy

written & directed by

Jim Dalglish

Teddy’s father is coming out of the closet - with a bang.  His college roommate is a sexually insatiable football star. And he’s met a good-looking doctor, whose husband has just walked out on him and their adopted infant son.  Boston’s Gay Pride celebration is shaping up to be memorable.  If only Teddy can survive it.

"I’ll be the best buddy you ever had.  You just gotta help me pull a C+ average and win a national title.  Give the pros something big enough to overlook my serious cock addiction." - Bucky

World Premiere Production

Even the most infrequent summer visitor knows Provincetown as the place to go for drag shows, cabaret acts, comedy reviews and musicals (often involving naked performers.)  But August 7 marked the world premiere of a theatrical production Provincetown hasn't seen in a while -- a romantic comedy. "Like Father, Like Son," offers something for audiences looking for a little drama, a little comedy and a little sex.  

Written and directed by Jim Dalglish, an award-winning playwright who has seen a more than a dozen of his plays produced in Provincetown, the show follows the adventures of four men as they celebrate Gay Pride during Boston's annual festival.  The premiere production ran from August 7 - September 5 at the Counter Productions Studio in Provincetown’s Whalers Wharf.

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"Like the great playwrights of Britain, Dalglish creates evocative characters and then rains existential rocks on them, revealing their core humanity in the process."
“...it is hard to take your eyes off (Brandon Chinn) as he embodies a quarterback all-star football player who has scheduled a time to come out as a gay man on national television.

    - Reva Blau, Provincetown Banner, 8/05/2010


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Like Father, Like Son

Interview with the Playwright

Q.: What is the genesis or inspiration for "Like Father, Like Son?"

A.: A few years back I wrote a short play called "Like Father, Like Son."  It was included in a collection of short plays Lynda Sturner -- a brilliant playwright and actress and a wonderful friend -- and I produced at the Provincetown Inn that we called "SexTet."  The production was a huge success.  But I always wondered what happened to the characters in this particular short play after the lights came down.  Where did they go with their lives next?  When you like the characters as much as I liked the two in this play, you kind of miss them when the show is over.  So... this Spring, I asked them back into my life and I "found out" what happened to them next.  

Q.: What ideas, themes and issues do you take on with this play?  

A.: As you can probably tell from the title, father/son relationships are very central to this play.  Every man has had one issue or another with the man who brought him into this world -- whether he was an absentee father or one who either nurtured or ignored him.  With this play I explore what happens when a man decides to become a parent.  What does he take on?  Is he ready for it?  How can he be an authority figure and also express his nurturing side.  It's also about the son's perspective.  What happens when you grow up and begin to see the man who has raised you in a new light, as a fellow adult.  Not that the play is heavily burdened with "ideas."  These are just at the base of what is -- I hope -- a very amusing play.

Q.: You've subtitled the play "a romantic comedy."  Does this mean you've written the gay male equivalent of a Chick Flick?

A.: I'm not sure there is an equivalent!  I used the subtitle to signal that this wasn't some play about naked boys getting their rocks off at a bath house or a coming out drama or a play set in a drag bar.  Those all are great and have their place.  I just wanted to write something different.  Gay men are capable of mature romantic relationships.  And these can be damn funny.  But we don't get to see those types of plays very often.  Hopefully this play will change that.  

Q.: Tell us about your cast.

A.: I've got amazing actors for this play.  Two are wonderful actors from Cape Cod -- Mark Meehan and David A. McCarron.  Mark is one of the founding members of the rock band Space Pussy and has performed in a half-dozen Ryan Landry productions.  He's got an amazing presence on stage -- you'd have to to complete with Ryan and his wonderful and wacky crew.  I've been watching David McCarron perform since he was 16.  (That was only three years ago!)  He is an alumnus of Harwich Junior Theater and when I saw him perform in "The Scottish Play" a few years back, he blew me away.  I basically wrote this role for him.  Tony Travostino is a very dear friend who has been willing to take on quite a few of the most challenging roles I've written.  Tony has a wonderful soul that comes through beautifully in everything he does.  He'll be traveling up from New York to play the role of "Geoffrey."  Brandon Chinn is also coming up from New York.  A recent graduate of Brown University's acting program, Brandon auditioned for me at a Mid-town studio this spring and he brought the right combination of swagger, machismo and vulnerability that make up my star college quarterback.  It doesn't hurt that in addition to being talented actors all four of my men are beautiful to look at as well.