September 27, 1996
Robert Chesley's landmark AIDS drama "Jerker" will have a benefit performance for the Purple Circuit gay and lesbian theater network Saturday at 10 p.m. at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. Tickets are $15. Reservations: (213) 660-8587.
August 22, 1987
What is obscene? It is obscene to make any part of one's living off the question. It is obscene of the preacher to pretend that he randomly hit on the broadcast of Robert Chesley's "Jerker"--the man monitors such things. It is obscene to pose as a defender of free speech in broadcasting such tripe when one hopes mainly for higher audience numbers, when a station's chief selling point is, willy-nilly, to be considered nobly avant-garde. It is obscene for a preacher to use irresponsible extremes such as "Jerker" to further the sexual repressions of most Christian religions and to call attention to himself as a defender of a rancid "purity."
August 13, 1998
8pm: Theater The Los Angeles premiere of "Stray Dog Story," an adult comedy by Robert Chesley ("Jerker") about a dog-turned-human adrift on the streets of New York City, opens today at the St. Genesius Theatre in West Hollywood. * "Stray Dog Story," St. Genesius Theatre, 1047 N. Hayvenhurst Drive, West Hollywood. Thursdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 and 10 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Ends Sept. 20. $20. (800) 581-6249.
April 22, 1987 |
Michael Kearns--director of a play cited by the Federal Communications Commission last Thursday as "patently offensive" when broadcast over KPFK-FM--has decried the government's action as "gay bashing" and an "example of homophobia" at the FCC. The director of Robert Chesley's "Jerker" was joined at a news conference at the Celebration Theatre on Monday by actor David Stebbins and other gay-rights activists. The FCC has referred the Aug.
February 20, 1988 |
Two men lie in identical beds perpendicular to each other, covered by identical checkerboard blankets from the waist down, one hand on their bodies and the other clutching identical red phones. For all the intimacy inherent in the staging of Robert Chesley's "Jerker," which ends tonight at Sushi Performance Gallery, this story about two gay men who fall in lust and, later, in love over the phone is more than anything an elegy to the days of promiscuous pre-AIDS sex gone by.
May 20, 1985 |
Plays written in answer to an immediate public crisis don't have to be written for the ages. It's enough that they help the viewer to acknowledge the crisis and to see the need for a personal response to it. If Robert Chesley's "Night Sweat" at the Fifth Estate Theatre helps its audiences to do that in regard to the AIDS crisis, it's welcome. That doesn't make it a good play--although it's surely not as hapless a play as it looks at the Fifth Estate. Playwright Chesley does have guts.