You don’t have to be Dr. Phil—or Dr. Ruth, as a matter of fact—to figure out that playwright Ronnie Larsen is more than slightly obsessed with sex.
His works include the Off Broadway sensation “Making Porn,” the story of a straight man who finds himself sucked into the world of gay porn; “All-Male Peep Show,” the story of sex workers in seedy 1990s Times Square; “The Penis Talk Show,” a hilarious live comedy act in which audiences get to ask three anonymous naked guys anything about their male organs; and another two dozen plays that have been performed in theaters around the world.
Larsen laughs that he was a good Mormon boy before becoming interested in the theater during high school in the 1980s in Bakersfield, California. The first chance he got, he headed to New York. He was fascinated by the city’s diverse theater community, but even more by the at-the-time seedy Times Square with its porn theaters and arcades. The experiences would inspire many of his later works.
After several years living in Tijuana, Mexico while his husband (and part-time set designer and carpenter) Melqui qualified for a green card, Larsen decided to relocate to South Florida. Audiences at Empire Stage and, now, Wilton Theater Factory love his racy plays and the prolific writer has not disappointed them.
– JW Arnold
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