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The Play Within - LGBTQ (short documentary) - 1/17/2017

This documentary film looks at "The Play Within" adapted for stage, followed by an audience "talkback" and an expert look at many of the issues raised by the drama. The fictional play has its first live performance (following its success as a film), offering a fictional meeting between two LGBTQ icons, Matthew Shepard and Tyler Clementi. The scene originally appeared in the feature-length film, "Impossible Choice".

  • Ron Marquisee
    Impossible Choice; Cruising America's Waterways
  • Media Artists Inc.
    Theatrical and non-theatrical films
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  • Genres:
    LGBTQ, Documentary, Drama, Educational
  • Runtime:
    51 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 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 - Ron 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,


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Director Statement

Because the issues raised by THE PLAY WITHIN remain relevant, this was a film and study piece that I had to produce. Understanding is everything.