It's A Divine Thing!
new play puts the death of Joey Stefano in perspective
Latino heartthrob Marcus Reynaga will take the stage this winter
to portray Joey Stefano in Michael Patrick Spillers' new stage
play "Divine Thing: The Joey Stefano Story."
Joey Stefano skyrocketed to the top of
the QV porn world, but ultimately, his legendary career ended
in his tragic death, the details of which continue to fuel the
QV-gossip rumor mill.
Now, five years after Joey's death, "Divine Thing"
promises to shed some light on the man behind the myth as well
as the bizarre glitz and glamour of '90s hipster porn culture-embodied
by what came to be known as the "QV Porn Brat Pack":
a clique of QV studs, journalists, and porn starlets led by
notorious drag queen/auteur Chi Chi LaRue.
The play is written and directed by Michael
Spillers, the man behind last year's hit stageplay, "White
Boy," about a young Latino homeboy who comes to terms with
With "Divine Thing," Spillers says, "We've chosen
to bypass the whole tabloid angle. Instead, we focus on mythic
poetry: Joey's fall from grace. He was really a dark, wounded
angel. His death raises important questions for our community.
How do we artfully celebrate our sexuality without falling for
the facades, the beauty-cults, the self-destruction?"
To prepare for the part of the fallen porn
star, lead actor Marcus Reynaga told qvMagazine that he really
had to sink his teeth into the role. "I read the few books
that are out on him, and I talked to a lot of people who knew
him. And, of course, I watched a lot of his movies-which was
really hard work (laughs)."
"He was a really interesting guy,"
Marcus says of Joey. "He wasn't someone that I'm going to
say that he was this great guy who you should fashion your life
after, but I think his life has a lot to say, not just about
QV porn but about QV culture in a lot of ways. It's about a
person who had a really messed up past and who was looking for
love in all the wrong places. I think that's what his story pretty
much sums up. Joey knew how to work a crowd, but when it came
to being with someone who he really cared about, he just really
didn't know how to relate to that without using his body."
"I think Joey was a very weak person," Marcus continues.
"He did a lot of the things he did because he wasn't smart
or strong enough to resist. It was an easy way to get what he
Marcus emphasizes that this play will not
necessarily be what most people expect. "One thing that
fascinates me about the play is people's reaction when I tell
them that I'm doing the show. Their first reaction is, 'Oh, you're
going to be on stage with your clothes off!' Yes, there will
be a point where I am, but the show itself is not your typical
show. Once people see the opening scene, they're going to realize
they're in for quite a different show. I'm sure a lot of people
will see it because they're curious or want to get turned on,
but when they walk out, they're going to have something else
on their minds. I think people will walk out asking themselves
a lot of questions."
"Divine Thing: The Joey Stefano Story"
opens December 3, 1999 at the St. Genesius Theatre in Hollywood,
CA. For more information, call (626) 293-3334.
New book--with a Latino twist!
"Christ-Like" - by Emanuel Xavier
(Painted Leaf Press)
Nuyorican author and poet Emanuel Xavier
unleashes his debut novel, "Christ-Like," with all
the fury of an East Coast winter blizzard.
The book chronicles the dramatic life of
Mickey, a Latino New Yorker whose troubled childhood of mental,
physical, and sexual abuse leads him into a young adulthood of
hustling and drugs. And while the tale of Mickey's troubled life
vividly depicts a decadent life in New York City's underground
QV club scene, the true grit of the story lies in Mickey's search
for happiness and his search for faith in God.
Absolutely captivating and beautifully
written, "Christ-Like" is a book that every Latino
must read. Emanuel Xavier, who was recently awarded the 1999
LLEGO Premio Cultura award for his contribution to QV and Latino
culture, is the kind of writer whose gift for words will undoubtedly
take him far--very far.
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