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Fisher Center and Oblong Books present

Harvey Fierstein: I Was Better Last Night

with Justin Vivian Bond

March 11, 2022

Add to Calendar2022-03-11 8:00 pm2022-03-11 8:00 pmESTHarvey Fierstein: I Was Better Last NightOlin Hall,
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A poignant and hilarious memoir from the cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award-winning actor and playwright, I Was Better Last Night reveals never-before-told stories of his personal struggles and conflict, of sex and romance, and of his fabled career.

Fierstein is joined on stage by another icon, Justin Vivian Bond, in a lively conversation about the memoir, including a Q&A with the audience.

Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein is the Tony Award-winning author of Torch Song Trilogy and La Cage aux Folles. His other theater writings include Kinky Boots, Newsies, Casa Valentina (all Tony-nominated), A Catered Affair (twelve Drama Desk nominations), and Bella Bella, and his theater performances include Torch Song Trilogy and Hairspray (Tony Awards for both), Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage aux Folles, Gently Down the Stream, and A Catered Affair. His film and television appearances include Mrs. DoubtfireThe Good Wife, and Cheers (Emmy nominated), and he has voiced characters in the film Mulan, and the shows Big Mouth, The Dark Crystal, BoJack Horseman, and many more. He lives in a small fictional town in Connecticut with whatever animals will have him.

Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond has appeared on stage (Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Londonʼs West End), screen (ShortbusCan You Ever Forgive Me?, and Sunset Stories), television (High MaintenanceDifficult People, and The Get Down), nightclub stages (most notably, a decades-long residency at Joeʼs Pub at The Public Theater), and in concert halls worldwide (including Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House). In December 2019 Mx. Bond made their Vienna Staatsoper debut as Orlandoʼs child in the world premiere of Olga Neuwirthʼs Orlando.

Mx. Bond’s visual art and installations have been seen in museums and galleries in the United States (Participant, Inc., and The New Museum) and abroad (Vitrine, London). Their memoir, Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels (Feminist Press), won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction. They are the recipient of an Obie, a Bessie, and a Tony nomination, as well as an Ethyl Eichelberger Award, The Peter Reed Foundation Grant, The Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant for Artists, and The Art Matters Grant. They have self-released several full-length recordings, including Dendrophile and Silver Wells. As one-half of the legendary punk cabaret duo Kiki & Herb, they toured the world and released two CDs: Do You Hear What We Hear? and Kiki and Herb Will Die for You at Carnegie Hall.

Justin Vivian Bond has been at the forefront of Trans visibility and activism since the early 1990s. They have a master’s degree in live art from Central Saint Martins College in London and have taught performance composition and Live Art Installation at NYU and Bard College. Mx. Bond currently divides their time between residences in New York Cityʼs East Village and the Hudson Valley.

In January 2022 they will be celebrating the release of their latest record Only An Octave Apart a collaboration with the counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo released by Decca Records with a series of concerts with The New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

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