Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Will Swenson to Direct Film Project

I just found this article on the New York Times website. It pretty much speaks for itself. Below is the actual article, as it appeared on the site.

Broadway Star to Direct Film Version of ‘Facing East’

Will Swenson, a Tony Award nominee for his performance in “Hair” (2009) and a star of the new Broadway musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” will direct an independent film adaptation of Carol Lynn Pearson’s play “Facing East.” In the play, a Mormon couple grapple with their faith after the suicide of their gay son. Ms. Pearson, whose 1986 memoir, “Good-bye, I Love You,” told the story of her husband’s struggle to come out as a gay man and his eventual death from AIDS, also wrote the screenplay. Mr. Swenson has personal reasons for working on this project: “Getting through my own adolescence as a young Mormon was challenging as it was, but watching my best friend struggle with his identity as a gay teenager was heartbreaking,” he said in a statement from the producers. Production is expected to begin in the fall. A percentage of the film’s profits will be donated to the Trevor Project, a nationwide crisis and suicide prevention help line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

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