Based on true events, A Southern Fairytale artfully illuminates the challenges facing a young, gay Christian growing up in the Deep South, written and performed by Ty Autry and directed by David L. Carson. As we accompany the protagonist through multiple journeys into and out of the closet, the audience emotionally connects with the very real impacts of conversion therapy, excommunication, and a father who believes that a demon has possessed his son.
“A Southern Fairytale is my personal journey which happens to reflect that of so many gay youth finding their truth in a society that is against them,” stated playwright and performer Ty Autry. “Through our previous workshop productions, we discovered a deep story that showcases the trauma created from the lack of acceptance, while having the audiences rolling on the floor with laughter as they relate to how their past has shaped them into who they are today.”
An international summer tour of A Southern Fairytale is being developed with confirmed stops in United States, Europe and Canada, including Prague, Belgrade, Calgary, NYC and Tampa. A full list of stops will be announced during the FRIGID run. A Southern Fairytale had a workshop at the 2018 NYSummerfest. The play was completely reimagined for other workshop performances in 2019, including at The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Out Front Theatre Company in Atlanta, and The Duplex for World Pride in New York City.
Tickets are $20. Visit https://www.frigid.nyc/events/asouthernfairytale.
Performances will be held as follows: Wed., February 19 at 7:10pm; Sat., February 22 at 5:00pm; Sat., February 29 at 5:00pm; Wed., March 4 at 7:10pm; and Fri., March 6 at 5:30pm.
The runtime is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.
A Southern Fairytale is presented by the FRIGID Festival. Producers: Ty Autry, Cameron Champion; Production Stage Manager: Ashton Pickering; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR.
Ty Autry (playwright & performer) is a small-town boy with a big heart and a passion for theatre, creativity, and travel. Ty grew up in a rural farming community in the southern region of the United States. He moved to his first big city, Atlanta, Georgia, to pursue a degree in electrical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, from which he would graduate Summa Cum Laude with his engineering degree. While busy with his engineering studies, Ty also began his performance career with the university’s DramaTech Theatre company and later through an apprenticeship at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. He went on to perform with a wide variety of local/regional companies in the Southeast including Out Front Theatre Company, OnStage Atlanta, The Lyric Studio, Arís Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Act3 Productions, and Resurgens Theatre. Starting in 2018, his acclaimed solo-show A Southern Fairytale was born and has gone international, spreading ideas of queer identity and faith. Concurrently with his acting career, he works as a teacher at Atlantic Acting School, and he is a writer, producer, and choreographer for various productions. Ty and his work have been made possible in part through the sponsorship of The Field. TyAutry.com
David L. Carson (director) has worked extensively with Metropolitan Playhouse, Reverie Productions, and MTWorks over the last four decades. With a particular fondness for developing new works and for “solo” pieces, he guided Jeffrey Solomon’s Mother/Son, Robin Goldfin’s The Ethics of Rav Hymie Goldfarb and performed Michael Bettencourt’s Mine Eyes. He spent five years working on Mr. Goldfin’s stage adaptation of Etgar Keret’s Suddenly A Knock At The Door, which premiered at Theatre for the New City.