THE HUSSY CHRONICLES looks back on a play of the same name I created with friends in NYC’s indie theatre scene in the 90’s that changed our lives. A mystery and reckoning, think The Big Chill meets Dead Eyes but queer. The series starts as a celebration of the play itself with audio from the original production and conversations with the cast and creative team and then expands to a fractured oral history of the who what where why of late 90s in NYC. The play – The Hussy Chronicles utilized queer code to tell the true story of my experience of becoming HIV positive at a time in America as the AIDS crisis waned. When the play ended, I never worked with this close group of friends again. I’ve been haunted by the question of WHY. The podcast series centers this question leading me down a rabbit hole. Will I find a way out of the darkness of the past? Told with the intimacy of a late-night tale, the listener is invited to sit by the fire as the embers die out and the sun starts to rise...
finkle (Kenny Finkle) is a theatre-maker, storyteller, performer and teacher. His work which spans both traditional and non-traditional forms has been produced and developed nationally at such places as: The American Repertory Theatre, Ars Nova, the Orchard Project, the DR2, the Keen Company, Trinity Repertory, Dallas Theatre Center, The Old Globe, The Operating Theatre, Florida International University, Virginia Stage Company, The Hangar Theatre as well as in various people’s apartments. His plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Concord Theatricals and Smith and Krauss. His 8-part audio epic 1993 can be found on all podcast platforms as part of the Keen Company’s Hear/Now program. In addition to this, finkle along with writer/provocateur Mark Snyder co-hosts the very popular podcast All I Want to Do is Talk About Madonna. finkle, a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing and Columbia’s MFA Playwriting Project is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College where he coordinates the Writing for the Stage concentration.
A Little Extra
How has your process changed over time?
I trust my process more now that I did as a younger artist. I’m more patient and also try to come to my work with less expectation.