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The Play Within: An LGBTQ Documentary (Staging First)

This documentary film follows the adaptation of the fictional short film, "The Play Within", through a live stage performance ..., followed by a talkback and expert interviews regarding the topics presented by the play. In "The Play Within" we see a fictional meeting between two young men, Tyler Clementi and Matthew Shepard, in a heaven-like location ... illustrating the ongoing issues facing the LGBTQ community.

The work is well suited to teaching theater craft and stimulating the discussion of the ongoing problems faced by LGBTQ individuals of all ages. The scene is adapted from the award-winning feature length film, "Impossible Choice".


  • Ronald Marquisee
    Impossible Choice
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  • Genres:
    Romance, LGBTQ Drama, Gay Studies, Stagecraft, Theater, Gay, Documentary, Matthew Shepard, Tyler Clementi
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
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Director Biography - Ronald Marquisee

After study at Syracuse University and Ohio University, Ronald
Marquisee returned to Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communiucations where he served as a Tenured Associate Professor from 1970-1981. He developed the University’s first film major, before leaving to more fully involve himself professionally in the content areas he so much enjoyed in his teaching.

He co-founded Media Artists Inc., to provide an integrated service approach to meeting client communications needs … providing writing, photographic, motion picture, multi-media, graphic, audio, and video production services to this day. The company has produced hundreds of commercials, training programs, entertainment pieces, and documentaries.

In 2000, the company produced the multi-award-winning series, "Cruising America’s Waterways", distributed nationally by PBS, and an award winning companion book, "Cruising America’s Waterways: The Erie Canal".

Mr. Marquisee is licensed by the United States Coast Guard as a Master (Captain) in the Merchant Marine. He resides in Upstate New York with his SO, and a Wire Fox Terrier, Joey.

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Director Statement

This is a film that had to be made because the issues remain relevant in a democratic culture that appreciates human rights.