III explores the fifteen-year relationship between the photographer George Platt Lynes, the writer Glenway Wescott, and the MoMA curator and publisher, Monroe Wheeler. Wescott and Wheeler lived together as partners for over sixty years, but included others in their relationship throughout that time. George Platt Lynes was one of the longest and most significant of those additions.
Created using the letters, journals, and photographs of these three men, the play investigated the following questions: How did Wescott, Wheeler, and Lynes negotiate this relationship in the 1930s and 1940s when society is perceived as being far less tolerant of homosexuality, and even more so of a long-term ménage à trois? How did the relationship affect the creative output of the three individuals? How did these three men make this complex relationship work for fifteen years?
Performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival, III won FringeNYC’s Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play that year and was subsequently published in Best American Short Plays 2008-2009 (Applause Books).
C R E D I T S:
Emily Stork (lighting & projections), Traci DiGesu (costumes), Troy Hourie (scenic), Benjamin Johnson (sound), Jenni Werner (dramaturgy), Ryan Weible (assistant director & stage manager). Performers: John Del Vecchio, Daryl Embry, and Joe Salvatore. Photography by Emily Stork