The Boys in the Band Q&A

Wednesday, January 13 at 8:00 pm: Q&A with actor Zachary Quinto, moderated by JBFC Board Member Dori Berinstein

About the Film:

In 1968 New York City—when being gay was still a secret best kept behind closed doors—a group of friends gather for a raucous birthday party hosted by Michael (Jim Parsons), a screenwriter who spends and drinks too much, in honor of the sharply-dressed and even sharper-tongued Harold (Zachary Quinto). Other partygoers include Donald (Matt Bomer), Michael’s former flame, now mired in self-analysis; Larry (Andrew Rannells), a randy commercial artist living with Hank (Tuc Watkins), a school teacher who has just left his wife; Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington), a librarian tiptoeing around fraught codes of friendship alongside Emory (Robin de Jesús), a decorator who never holds back; and a guileless hustler (Charlie Carver) hired to be Harold’s gift for the night. What begins as an evening of drinks and laughs gets upended when Alan (Brian Hutchison), Michael’s straight-laced college roommate, shows up unexpectedly and each man is challenged to confront long-buried truths that threaten the foundation of the group’s tight bond.

The Boys in the Band is currently available to watch on Netflix. Watch the film at your convenience, then join us for a conversation on January 13!


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Zachary Quinto attended Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and received a BFA in Acting. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and appeared on numerous series, including CSI, Six Feet Under, 24, So NoTORIousHeroes, and NOS4A2. In 2007 he was cast as Spock in the JJ Abrams-directed reboot of the Star Trek franchise, and has reprised that role in Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond. He appeared in the first season of American Horror Story and received a Critic’s Choice Award and Emmy Award nomination for his role in American Horror Story: Asylum. In 2008, Quinto began his production company Before the Door Pictures where he produced and starred in Margin Call and produced All Is Lost, Banshee Chapter, Breakup At a Wedding, A Most Violent Year, and Aardvark. Last year, he hosted and executive produced In Search Of, which aired on HISTORY. In theater, Quinto appeared in the 2010 Signature revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels In America, for which he won a Theater World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination. He made his Broadway debut in the 2013 Tony Award-winning production of The Glass Menagerie, and appeared in the 2017 MCC production of Noah Haidle’s Smokefall. Last year, he starred in the Joe Mantello-directed, Tony-winning revival of The Boys in the Band alongside Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells at The Booth Theater. Onscreen, Quinto has appeared in I Am Michael, Snowden, Who We Are Now, Hotel Artemis, and this year in Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix film, High Flying Bird.

Dori Berinstein is a four-time Tony-winning Broadway producer, an Emmy award-winning director, producer and writer of film and television, and the founder and CEO of The Broadway Podcast Network. Dori’s most recent Broadway production is The Prom (Best Musical–Drama Desk Award), for which she partnered with Ryan Murphy on the Netflix adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Cordon, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, and Kerry Washington. Dori’s other Broadway shows include: Marianne Elliot’s revival of Company, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony Award–Best Play Revival); Legally Blonde: The Musical (Olivier Award–Best Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award–Best Musical), The Crucible, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award–Best Play Revival), Fool Moon (Special Tony Award), Flower Drum Song, Enchanted April, and Golden Child. As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Dori directed, wrote, and produced ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway (Showtime), Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love (Emmy Award/American Masters), Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (Showtime), Gotta Dance (adapted for the stage as Half Time), Some Assembly Required, and the documentary short The Last Blintz. Most recently, Dori directed and produced the Special “Joshua Bell: At Home With Music,” which aired on PBS in August 2020. Dori is the Co-Founder and CEO of Broadway Podcast Network, the digital headquarters for top theatre Podcasts, musical podcasts and plays, and virtual theatre-related programming. Dori executive produced and/or supervised over 50 feature, special f/x, and/or animated productions, including Isaac Mizrahi’s award-winning documentary Unzipped, Dirty Dancing (both the feature and TV series), Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3-D, and Walt Disney’s Imagineering.

This event is part of year-round JBFC series Life on the Stage: Conversation and Film, presented in partnership with The Actors Fund.

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