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Chad Darnell Portrays Critically Acclaimed John Cameron Mitchell In New Play ‘Forced’

"Forced" is a one-man show about an event in John Cameron Mitchell's life.
"Forced" is a one-man show about an event in John Cameron Mitchell's life.
Credit Chad Darnell

Dramatists Play Services has a new series called “Technical Difficulties: Plays for Online Theatre,” a collection of socially distant shorts designed to be performed online due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Atlanta-based actor Chad Darnell will give a one-weekend-only performance of John Cameron Mitchell’s new play “Forced.” Mitchell is best known for his radical rock opera “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” It first debuted off-Broadway in 1998 and then became a cult classic after the release of the film version in 2001.

“Forced” is about Mitchell’s experience when he attended Russia’s first queer film festival in St. Petersburg in the fall of 2008. He was prepared for trouble because the hosting cinema had just pulled out after a national film figure ridiculed the event as a “festival for child molesters.”

Mitchell, along with his Russian friend Sasha, still went on the trip knowing that trouble might ensue.

The monologue is derived from his diary.

The one-act performance will be available On Demand Aug. 14 to 16.

All the proceeds will be split between Rainbow House Coalition in Atlanta and the Toronto-based Rainbow Railroad, which has helped more than 800 individuals find a path to safety to start a new life — free from persecution from their home countries.

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