Pride Month Celebration of EAOL

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June 17, 2020
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Welcome to this special Pride Month Celebration of TERRENCE MCNALLY: EVERY ACT OF LIFE.

We are thrilled to have Moderator Lucy Mukerjee of the Tribeca Film Festival and filmmaker Jeff Kaufman joining us for a discussion about the life and legacy of the Tony Award winning playwright and LGBTQ activist Terrence McNally. Joining them will be actors John Benjamin Hickey and John Glover. Both worked with McNally on his Tony Award Winning play "Love! Valour! Compassion!".

We will begin with some clips from the film - TERRENCE MCNALLY: EVERY ACT OF LIFE, directed by Jeff Kaufman and produced by Marcia Ross - which will be followed by the discussion. Towards the end of the event we will open it up to audience questions.

The complete film is now streaming on PBS. It is also available on Amazon Prime. More information about viewing the film, and other special events are available at

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Special Pride Month Celebration of TERRENCE MCNALLY: EVERY ACT OF LIFE

Special Pride Month Celebration of TERRENCE MCNALLY: EVERY ACT OF LIFE.

60 minutes



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    Lucy Mukerjee


    Lucy Mukerjee is a Senior Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival and the cofounder of the Programmers Of Colour Collective. A queer British bi-racial activist, she has been empowering storytellers for two decades as a fiction editor, film producer and film festival programmer. Previously, Lucy was the Director of Programming at Outfest, where she oversaw the curation of their trio of LGBTQ+ film festivals and founded the now annual Trans Summit event. Before that, she produced feature films for Lionsgate and Warner Bros. Over her career, Lucy has built a reputation as a connector and changemaker. With a track record of helping organizations to authentically embrace the demographics of the communities they serve, her expertise is the intersection of curation and inclusion.

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    Jeff Kaufman


    Jeff Kaufman produced, directed, and wrote the documentaries Every Act Of Life (2018 Tribeca premiere, aired June 2019 on American Masters), The State of Marriage, Father Joseph, The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America, Brush With Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman, and Education Under Fire, plus a number of short films for Amnesty International, and programs for The Discovery Channel, and The History Channel. He also edited/designed a book based on the film Every Act Of Life, contributed cartoons to The New Yorker, and illustrations to The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, wrote/illustrated several children's books, and hosted daily radio shows in Vermont and Los Angeles.

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    John Benjamin Hickey


    John is currently preparing to make his Broadway directorial debut with the revival of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, following a sold out run at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. John recently played the role of Henry Wilcox in the acclaimed play The Inheritance on Broadway and in the West End. He won a 2020 Outer Critics Circle award for his performance. John made his Broadway debut in Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion!, and went on to repeat his role in the film version. John's latest film, SUBLET, is premiering at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. His other film credits include MAPPLETHORPE, TALLULAH, BARRY, THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, TRUTH, BIG STONE GAP, GET ON UP, PITCH PERFECT, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, and TAKING OF PELHAM 123. On television, John received an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the Showtime series "The Big C". John later went on to star in the critically acclaimed WGN America series "Manhattan". Other television credits include, "The Good Wife", "Modern Family", "Hannibal", "The New Normal", "Sex and the City", "Law & Order", and "Mom". On Broadway, John won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in "The Normal Heart".

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    John Glover


    John Glover is an award-winning American Actor, widely recognized for his standout role as Lionel Luther in the hit TV show "Smallville". Among his many accolades, his performance in Terrence McNally’s "Love! Valour! Compassion!" earned him a Tony® Award in 1995 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play. His recent appearances in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of "Waiting for Godot" earned him another Tony Award nomination. His most recent New York stage appearance was in "A Foreign Body". He has received five Emmy® Award nominations for his work on television and has been seen on film in such notable movies as LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!, SCROOGED, JULIA AND ANNIE HALL.

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    André De Shields


    André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony awards for Best Featured Actor in a musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, honoring veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields recently received the 202 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album for Hadestown, an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award; the Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award; the Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award from SAGE; the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre; and an induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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