Play Club: Refuge of the Damned
May 10, 2023
About Play Club
A book club – but plays! Join Long Wharf Theatre’s Artistic Associates Kate Moore Heaney, along with guest artists, as we discuss a featured play each month. Play Club scripts dive into Long Wharf Theatre’s archive as well as provide a glimpse into its future. Come join this virtual discussion with fellow LWT theatre lovers from the comfort of your own home!
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About the Play
Refuge of the Damned is the second play in the Belonging Trilogy, which chronicles a pair of lovers, one Black and one white, from the 1950s to the present day. Refuge of the Damned follows the two protagonists from On the Grounds of Belonging (produced as part of LWT’s 2019-20 season) as they unexpectedly reconnect 25 years later, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Houston, TX. Join us for the next chapter in this complicated love story.
About the Playwright
Ricardo Pérez Gonzálezhe/him Playwright
Ricardo Pérez González, a queer Puerto Rican writer with bacalao on his breath and salsa on his hips, began his TV writing career on the third season of Netflix’s DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. As a playwright, he’s a Sundance alum through his play “Don’t Eat the Mangos,” which premiered at the Magic Theatre, receiving San Francisco’s Elliot Norton Award for Best Play. His play On the Grounds of Belonging, developed at the Public’s EWG, about racially segregated gay bars in 1950s Houston, premiered at Long Wharf. Long Wharf has since commissioned him to write the second in the “Belonging Trilogy.” He is also working on commissions for The Public Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club. Select writing credits include a drag ball musical, “Neon Baby,” (book writer/co-lyricist); WE, a sci-fi feature film based on the original dystopian novel by Yevgeny Zamyatin; his BDSM drama R.A.C.K., “The Judgement of Athena” a play about the cutthroat world of women in academia, and “Ashé“, a Puerto Rican, modern-day, two-brothers myth. Upcoming projects include DIDI AND THE ORISHAS, a TV series about a Puerto Rican teenager who discovers she’s the descendant of ancient gods and is destined to save the world and a TV series based on the book “Gay Berlin,” the story of Queer folx in the 1880s.