ORLANDO: JMG Essay To Feature In New Play On Pulse Massacre, Show To Run At Orlando Fringe Festival

Playwright David Lee has incorporated my Pulse essay, Their Phones Kept Ringing, into a play selected to run at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Such an honor! Via press release:

David Lee, recipient of the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award has created an original theatrical event that shares stories and experiences from the days, weeks and months following the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub attack that occurred in Orlando on June 12th, 2016. Interviews, blog postings and stories from the Orlando Sentinel newspaper come to life on stage in a very personal and intimate way through a company of six local actors.

The original monologue collection will be performed during a preview for the press on Sunday May 14th at 9:15pm in the Brown Venue at the Orlando Fringe Festival and then for six more performances from May 17th – 28th. All Orlando Fringe Festival tickets are $12 and the tickets for the performance on June 11th are $20.

All net proceeds from The Orlando Fringe performances will be donated to the newly announced 49 Fund, an endowed scholarship fund administered by The Central Florida Foundation. This scholarship is offered specifically to LGBT students in Central Florida.

A Special One Night Only Performance will take place on the eve of the One Year Anniversary of the attack on Pulse Nightclub on Sunday June 11th @ 7pm in the Margeson Theater at The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Loch Haven Park. All net proceeds from this event will benefit The onePulse Foundation. Tickets will be available at the door.

Advance tickets to the Orlando Fringe Festival can be purchased here. Tickets for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater show can be purchased here.

  • Joe in PA

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        Maybe instead of raining on Joe’s parade, you can go blow Trump if that’s really you in the photo. F&R

        • ericxdc

          I blocked that user long ago and I haven’t felt like I missed a thing.

          And CONGRATULATIONS Joe! your essays are like precious gifts: we don’t get them often, but when you do post (or repost) one, I truly treasure it.

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          Heard from our friend D on the UWS that good things have been happening fer ya. Right on! My best to you and your little girl from here in far away Zipang. xox B

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  • kirtanloorii

    Congrats! Too bad it wasn’t under better circumstances, though!

  • b

    Deep hearts. Thank you!

  • KCMC

    Essay still makes me weep. Well done, sir. Grateful memorial can promote good things out of tragedy.

  • edrex

    don’t abandon us when you become a playwright, ok? deal?

    • Bad Tom

      Then he can write a play about JMG.
      I would go see it.

      • Joe in PA

        W/ lots of male nudity!

      • Acronym Jim

        It would be like a twisted, intelligent, diverse, LGBT version of “Friends.”

        • Bad Tom

          With hunks from our gifs projected on a screen above the proscenium.
          Alternating with cute kittens and dogs that explode. And contrawise.

      • EdmondWherever

        “NSFW – The Musical!

  • oh, that’s so sweet. good for you, both of you. have a good time at the festival, party goers. this is where fun is had.

  • Sam_Handwich

    YAY JOE!! congrats, it’s a great essay!

  • JT

    Yay, Joe!

  • SoCalGal20

    Congrats Joe!

  • TuuxKabin

    Can’t recommend this thread more than once can I, Joe?!

    Congratulations. You’re such a good writer. It’s good to see this come to fruition for you! And the community. Don’t stop! I hope it travels.

    • Bad Tom

      Your recommendation seems to be working. This thread has been recommended 17 times w/ 24 comments. Might be a record!
      WooHoo! May Joe’s work circle the globe.

  • ByronK

    Terrific, congrats Joe!

  • Lazycrockett

    Way to Go, Joe!

  • Cuberly

    What an honor to be a part of that.

  • Well done, Joe! Congrats.

  • bkmn

    Well deserved Joe. That was a tough time for many of us and your words captured the moment of the tragedy.

  • houstonray

    Wow, Joe, that’s awesome!!!! You should be proud, we’re proud of you!!!

  • Bryan

    Very cool, Joe!
    I enjoyed rereading the essay. The collaboration sounds great.

  • David Milley

    Congratulations, Joe — great news!

  • Hank

    We who follow you here are EXTREMELY proud of you on multiple levels!!! Congratulations, Joe

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  • medaka

    Right on! Congratulations, Joe!!

  • gaymex1

    I’m with the rest of JMG readers, Joe. Congratulations. You deserve the recognition.

  • fuzzybits

    Congrats Joe.

  • Bad Tom

    That is excellent news, Joe! Your writing should be read and heard by more people. You have a wonderful gift for rhythm and color.

  • Nychta

    That’s a great and very moving essay – glad to learn it’ll be part of this production.

  • Do Something Nice

    CONGRATULATIONS! That was a great essay, and I too was affected by the news about the telephones ringing. I think it is something that we all relate to and it was like a further kick in the gut.

    I was watching the news of this in Spain, before most of the rest of the US was awake. It was reported there that many parents were finding that there sons were gay. . . only after they died.

    Joe, you and your blog do tremendous service to all of us. Please, never change.

  • TampaDink

    I don’t think that I commented much at all at the time you had originally shared this much less in the hours, days & weeks after the massacre at Pulse. I just couldn’t weigh in without getting too emotional. So…I’ve finally managed to read your piece, Joe…and of course, I cried. I cried because it was so touching & I want to add my gratitude & congratulations on it’s inclusion in this fund raiser.

  • teeveedub

    Congratulations, Joe! The world needs more of your perspective!

  • JCF

    Congrats, Joe!

    I hope Mr Lee will translate his play into Spanish—considering who was killed at Pulse.

  • Piet

    Well done, Joe! It’s nice to see your excellence recognized.

  • Bernie Keefe

    Congrats Joe!!

  • billbear1961



    I don’t know what we here would do without you.

    I don’t like to think about it.

    The times are so dark.

    My gloomy way of saying thank you.

  • Lazycrockett
    • To quote the inimitable Newt (aka Rebecca from Aliens), “It won’t make any difference.”

  • Lazycrockett
    • Lazycrockett

      3 months in people. three months in. SMGDFH

      • billbear1961

        The Great Barrier Reef is dying.

        SYDNEY, Australia — The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears.

        But the reef, and the profusion of sea creatures living near it, are in profound trouble.

        Huge sections of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching across hundreds of miles of its most pristine northern sector, were recently found to be dead, killed last year by overheated seawater. More southerly sections around the middle of the reef that barely escaped then are bleaching now, a potential precursor to another die-off that could rob some of the reef’s most visited areas of color and life.

        “We didn’t expect to see this level of destruction to the Great Barrier Reef for another 30 years,” said Terry P. Hughes, director of a government-funded center for coral reef studies at James Cook University in Australia and the lead author of a paper on the reef that is being published Thursday as the cover article of the journal Nature. “In the north, I saw hundreds of reefs — literally two-thirds of the reefs were dying and are now dead.”

        The damage to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s largest living structures, is part of a global calamity that has been unfolding intermittently for nearly two decades and seems to be intensifying. In the paper, dozens of scientists described the recent disaster as the third worldwide mass bleaching of coral reefs since 1998, but by far the most widespread and damaging.

        The state of coral reefs is a telling sign of the health of the seas. Their distress and death are yet another marker of the ravages of global climate change.

        If most of the world’s coral reefs die, as scientists fear is increasingly likely, some of the richest and most colorful life in the ocean could be lost, along with huge sums from reef tourism. In poorer countries, lives are at stake: Hundreds of millions of people get their protein primarily from reef fish, and the loss of that food supply could become a humanitarian crisis.

        With this latest global bleaching in its third year, reef scientists say they have no doubt as to the responsible party.

        They warned decades ago that the coral reefs would be at risk if human society kept burning fossil fuels at a runaway pace, releasing greenhouse gases that warm the ocean. Emissions continued to rise, and now the background ocean temperature is high enough that any temporary spike poses a critical risk to reefs.

        “Climate change is not a future threat,” Professor Hughes said. “On the Great Barrier Reef, it’s been happening for 18 years.”

        Corals require warm water to thrive, but they are exquisitely sensitive to extra heat. Just two or three degrees Fahrenheit of excess warming can sometimes kill the tiny creatures.

        Globally, the ocean has warmed by about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century, by a conservative calculation, and a bit more in the tropics, home to many reefs. An additional kick was supplied by an El Niño weather pattern that peaked in 2016 and temporarily warmed much of the surface of the planet, causing the hottest year in a historical record dating to 1880.

        It was obvious last year that the corals on many reefs were likely to die, but now formal scientific assessments are coming in. The paper in Nature documents vast coral bleaching in 2016 along a 500-mile section of the reef north of Cairns, a city on Australia’s eastern coast.

        Bleaching indicates that corals are under heat stress, but they do not always die and cooler water can help them recover. Subsequent surveys of the Great Barrier Reef, conducted late last year after the deadline for inclusion in the Nature paper, documented that extensive patches of reef had in fact died, and would not be likely to recover soon, if at all.

        Professor Hughes led those surveys. He said that he and his students cried when he showed them maps of the damage, which he had calculated in part by flying low in small planes and helicopters.


        • Max_1

          Compounding events… Like interest rates on a loan… The longer you stretch it out… The costlier it becomes in the end.

    • Max_1

      The fuse has been present for a long, long time…
      … The matches have become alight. What could happen?

  • Skeptical_Inquirer


    Trump Supporters Say They Are Going To Boycott Hawaii And People Are Trolling

    The sharpest tweet snarking on the boycotters is this one because obviously he’s replying to someone who totally forgot about Pearl Harbor.



    Congrats Joe!

  • Max_1
  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Congratulations Joe!

  • billbear1961

    O/T: Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

    The Queen is Britain’s last living link with our former greatness – the nation’s id, its problematic self-regard – which is still defined by our victory in the second world war. One leading historian, who like most people I interviewed for this article declined to be named, stressed that the farewell for this country’s longest-serving monarch will be magnificent. “Oh, she will get everything,” he said. “We were all told that the funeral of Churchill was the requiem for Britain as a great power. But actually it will really be over when she goes.”


    In 1952, the RAF was grounded out of respect for King George VI. In 2002, at 12.45pm, a Lancaster bomber and two Spitfires flew over the cortege for his wife and dipped their wings. The crowds will be deep for the Queen. She will get everything. From Hyde Park Corner, the hearse will go 23 miles by road to Windsor Castle, which claims the bodies of British sovereigns. The royal household will be waiting for her, standing on the grass. Then the cloister gates will be closed and cameras will stop broadcasting. Inside the chapel, the lift to the royal vault will descend, and King Charles will drop a handful of red earth from a silver bowl.


    I’ve developed a superstitious dread, in the past few years, that western democracy will die with the Queen.

    “The wild waters are upon us now,” wrote the American Henry James, who had moved to London 30 years before.

    That was his reaction to the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.

    It has nothing to do with the death of monarchs, but I think it’s fair to say that the “wild waters” are already upon Americans.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I can’t think of anyone who deserves this more than you at the moment. Congrats!!

  • Lori F.

    Congrats Joe! And thank you for all of your hard work

  • David Walker

    Congratulations, Joe. Re-read your essay and realize that you are why I always think of the unrelenting tones from cell phones in the midst of all the other horrors. The image. Thank you for that…seriously. I think that drove home the devastating scene as much as anything I’ve heard, read, or seen. Congratulations again, Joe.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Congrats, Joe!

  • Acronym Jim

    Wonderful news, Joe. I hope the production is a success!

  • djcoastermark

    Congrats and tears.

  • Jerry Kott


  • John Calendo

    Congrats, Joe. Great guy!

  • NMNative

    We’re proud of you Joe. Keep it up. We need you now more than ever.

  • Beagle

    Congrats, Joe!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Congratulations Joe!

  • mikeinftl

    Congrats! Well done!