Awkward Stages: Plays about Growing Up Gay

by John Clum and Sean Metzger

About John Clum

John Clum is Professor Emeritus of Theater Studies and English at Duke University where he taught for over forty years. He founded the Duke University Drama Program, which has become the Department of Theater Studies. He was the Director of the Duke in London Drama Program and also ran London theater programs for the Graduate Program in Liberal Studies and the Alumni Association. Professor Clum won Duke’s Outstanding Professor Award twice. Professor Clum's books include The Works of Arthur Laurents, Gay Drama Now, Still Acting Gay: Male Homosexuality in Modern Drama, Something for the Boys: Musical Theatre and Gay Culture, He’s All Man: Learning Masculinity, Homosexuality and Love from American Movies and, most recently, The Drama of Marriage: Gay Playwrights/Straight Unions from Oscar Wilde to the Present. He is the author of numerous essays on modern and contemporary British and American drama and musical theatre. His plays have been produced by a number of theatres around the United States and he has directed over seventy-five theatrical and operatic productions.

Sean Metzger is an associate professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Prior to his arrival at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Professor Metzger was Assistant Professor of English, Theater Studies, and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He was awarded the inaugural Fulbright Research Chair in North American Society and Culture at Concordia University (Montreal) and has also been adjunct faculty at Antioch University, Loyola Marymount University and the USC School of Theatre. In addition to his academic work, he spent three years in social services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and as an independent consultant to school districts and other non-profit institutions.


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