THE MEETING* HOSTED BY JUSTIN SAYRE
THE MONTHLY GATHERING OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF SODOMITES
RETURNS TO JOE’S PUB AT THE PUBLIC THEATER ON MAY 17
“Brilliant, stirring and funny” – Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE’S PUB at The Public Theater on Sunday, May 17 to continue its landmark 6th season. The Meeting*has been called “delicious and delightfully droll” by The New York Post and “hilarious and sardonic” by The Village Voice. A recent story for Slate.com called the evening “so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight.”
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, which enjoyed a successful run at the Broadway nightclub 54 Below, made its Los Angeles debut at the Bootleg Theater earlier this year and will return to the venue for monthly shows this fall. “The Gay Agenda” – the debut comedy/spoken word album from Justin Sayre and The Meeting*– will be available this season.
Justin Sayre and The Meeting* – known for a signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between – were named among the Top nightclub shows of 2013 by Time Out New York, and received the 2012 Bistro Award for “Comedy Artistry” and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance. Each month, the I.O.S gathers to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Justin Sayre, the show’s creator, writer and host, serves as the Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites and brings his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as ”Letters to the Chairman” and “New Rulings from the Board.”
Justin Sayre’s video “The New Hanky Code“ – taped last season at Joe’s Pub – was a surprise online hit with over 44,000 views. It debuted on The Huffington Post and was picked up by several major outlets around the world. To keep up to do date with videos from recent shows, subscribe to the I.O.S. YouTube channel
Night of a Thousand Judys – the special all-star concert presentation of The Meeting* to benefit Ali Forney Center – returned for its fourth annual installment in June 2014. These Judy Garland tributes starred diverse talent such as Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin Vivian Bond, Randy Harrison, Sarah Dash, Madeleine Peyroux, Bridget Everett, Austin Scarlett, Tonya Pinkins, Michael Musto, Jane Monheit, Jackie Hoffman,Rory O’Malley, Karen Akers, Howard McGillin, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Karen Wyman, Paul Iacono and Daisy Eagan, among many others. For more information, please visit www.AliForneyCenter.org.
JUSTIN SAYRE was described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” In a recent story for Edge New York, Steve Weinstein said ”Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I’m not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch.” Justin is a child of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania who demonstrated a supernatural instinct for “camp” at an early age. With a voice straight out the MGM finishing school for girls, he moved to New York believing it was still 1947. He was terribly misinformed. As an actor, he has worked and studied with some of the finest professionals in the city. As a comedian, Sayre is regular guest at Homo-Comicus at the Gotham Comedy Club and contributing writer toMurray Hill’s ShowBiz on MTVX. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, devilish quips, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. An evening of his short plays, Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well… Writing – called one of the “Top 10 Events on the New York Stage” by the New York Daily News – sold out two shows at Ars Nova in 2012. Sayre’s play, The Click of the Lock, was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference and debuted at The Cherry Lane Theatre starring Randy Harrison. Sayre is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Flavorwire, as well offering playful and witty love advice at The Date Report. He is currently a staff writer for “2 Broke Girls” on CBS-TV and is writing a young adult book, which will be released by Penguin Books in 2015.
The Meeting* monthly events have featured popular guest stars such as Lea DeLaria, Tonya Pinkins, Robin Byrd, Marilyn Maye, Christian Campbell, Joe Iconis, Frank DeCaro, Lance Horne, Lady Rizo, Tituss Burgess, Kenny Mellman, Maude Maggart, Jack Ferver, Murray Hill, Jeffery Self, Cole Escola, Bridget Everett and more. Previous shows have paid tribute to singers such as Dolly Parton and Diana Ross; films like ”Valley of the Dolls” and ”Beaches”; actresses such as Bea Arthur and Molly Ringwald; as well as playwrights and filmmakers like Tennessee Williams and John Waters. According to Time Out New York, “The Meeting* has become a cult hit among a young, festive and culturally aware crowd. Sayre is an avatar of modern-retro cultivation.”
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre will be presented at JOE’S PUB at The Public Theater. The venue is located at 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th and Astor Place) NYC, adjacent to The Public Theater. For tickets – which cost $20 – call (212) 967-7555 or visit joespub.com, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office from 1pm to 6pm Joe’s Pub from 6pm to 10pm (Both located at 425 Lafayette St. For table reservations, call (212) 539-8778. The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen.
ABOUT JOE’S PUB AT THE PUBLIC Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe’s Pub at The Publicopened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub consistently presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. The organization also offers unique opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians the resources and tools needed to develop original theater works. Commissioned artists have included Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett, Allen Toussaint and more. In 2011, the Pub received a top-to-bottom renovation, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe’s Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public’s programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.