Bad things always seem to happen to Carrie. The awkward title character in Stephen King’s novel was the victim of vicious bullying and she would unleash her wrath using telekinetic powers. Despite a successful 1976 film adaptation starring Sissy Spacek, there was no happy ending, especially when Broadway producers got a hold of the story.

Robert Patrick is the author of “Kennedy’s Children” and “The Haunted Host,” one of America’s oldest gay plays, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. He was one of the leading lights of the Off-Off Broadway, fringe and gay-theatre movements in the United States. When he was younger, he made the mistake of selling his copyrights and now, at age 76, he survives in Los Angeles by writing porn reviews, even though he is still very creative and supportive of gay theatre arts.