Maltz Jupiter Theatre opens its 2017/18 season with “Born Yesterday,” a mid-20th century American comedy by playwright Garson Kanin that has stood the vagaries of time on stage (1946, 1989 and 2011) and in movies (1950 and 1993) and starring Broadway’s Drama Desk Award winner, Andrea Burns as Billie Dawn, an ex-showgirl who, according to the Maltz press release, gives everyone a run for their money.
Onstage October 29 – November 12 at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, single tickets start at $58. For tickets and showtimes, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org
So, where’s the gay angle? It arrived in the form of Matt Gregorio, an openly gay actor who was not born yesterday and who chose not to share his age. Beside that little vanity, Gregorio has given some thought to the issues facing LGBT people in theater and was happy to share them.
“It’s a lot better than it was,” opined Gregorio who recalled being bullied when he was young but got less as he got older. “But with the current situation in Washington it’s anybody’s guess what’s going to happen, which makes it all the more important to be visible,” he added.
“We [LGBT people] have lots of stories in our lives and it’s important that we share them and let people see that we’re not really different,” he added.
Gregorio was born and raised in metropolitan Boston with a supportive, if not particularly artistic family of mother, father and older brother. Both of his grandmothers, however, were artistic: one a vocalist; the other a pianist. Both of them encouraged their grandson at an early age for which he is very grateful.
Given this encouragement he set his course toward theater but got a degree in exercise physiology, just in case… Happily, he hasn’t had to use it.
He praises “Will and Grace” for using humor to help society be more aware of the seriousness of gay lives and less of a novelty to the heterosexual majority. And he strongly supports using transgender actors to play transgender roles.
Gregorio sees himself as an actor who happens to be gay which is how he says he views heterosexual actors.
“They’re actors who just happen to be straight… or have blue eyes or blond hair,” he said.
“Born Yesterday” is Gregorio’s debut on the Maltz stage and he gives the entire team high marks for coming together so quickly and providing a supportive atmosphere in which to work. He plays the role of Eddie Brock, the younger brother of lead male, Harry Brock (Dominic Comperatore).
He agrees that in the 21st century his role could probably be played with a gay twist [it’s not] that just wouldn’t have made it in 1946.
Gregorio is moving to South Florida so local theatre-goers may see more of him. He’s single and not currently dating anyone altho he plans to spend more time with his brother’s children ages 2 and 4.
Head Shot by Dirty Sugar courtesy Matt Gregorio