elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Gary Clare (1962 - January 28, 1994)

Gary Clare was director of creative development for the performance-programs department at Thirteen/WNET, the public television station in New York. He died on January 28, 1994, at his home in Manhattan. He was 32.

The cause was AIDS-related, his family said.

Mr. Clare supervised program development and financing for "Great Performances," the performing-arts series produced by WNET for PBS. Among the programs he worked on were "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall," "Gregory Hines's Tap Dance in America" and "In the Wings: Angels in America."

He also helped develop "In the Spotlight," a series of pop music specials, and "Theater in America," a documentary series on the history of the American theater.

A native of Providence, R.I., he received B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Brandeis University, where he staged plays and musicals. Before joining WNET in 1987, he worked as a director and stage manager in regional theater and Off Broadway.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/02/02/obituaries/gary-clare-director-32.html

Further Readings:

Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality by Patrick Moore
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (January 14, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080707957X
ISBN-13: 978-0807079577
Amazon: Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality

The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex.

Lifting the'veil of AIDS,' Moore recasts the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s as both groundbreaking and creative-provocatively comparing extreme sex to art. He presents a powerful yet nuanced snapshot of a maligned, forgotten era. Moore rescues gay America's past, present, and future from a disturbing spiral of destruction and AIDS-related shame, illustrating why it's critical for the gay community to reclaim the decade.

More LGBT History at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Gay Classics

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