As one gay bathhouse in Portland (that's Club Portland on Stark Street, kids) is on its way out of business, another gay bathhouse is in the process of being born.
As a musical comedy.
Word is out today that meta-impresario Don Horn's ever-enterprising Triangle Productions
—producers of such lauded entertainments as “Pageant” and “Bark, The Musical!” (which WW theatre critic Ben Waterhouse decried as “one stinking turd of a show”)—will be staging the Northwest premiere of a new show called “BATHHOUSE: The Musical,” playing June 14 through 30
, to coincide with Portland's Gay Pride festivities, at a venue to be announced.
In an audition announcement released today, Triangle says they're looking for four men between the ages of 21 and 40 who “must be able to sing/dance/act,” and that the show “celebrates the gay life and also takes place in a bathhouse. Most of the show is performed in a towel and there is a possibility that you will be asked to be nude for a portion of the show.”
For those of you needing a refresher course on contemporary gay history, bathhouses— where men go to meet and "get friendly" with other men—were all the rage through the 1970's and early 80's, until HIV/AIDS struck. Many bathhouses have been shuttered since, usually in the name of public health and to help curb HIV/AIDS in the gay male community. But old-school Portland has two ‘houses still kickin' around—the dilapidated Club Portland, rumored to be closing as soon as this summer, and the ultra-slick Steam Portland
which, according to sources, is going nowhere soon.
If you've always dreamed of doing a time step in a skimpy towel or providing your oral services (singing or otherwise) for the community, this is your shot, studs. Bonus: it's a paid position. To be considered for an audition, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 503-239-5919 leaving your name and the best time to be reached.
(photo above: Triangle Productions' head honcho, Don Horn)