October 16, 2015
What a strange and disturbing week. Too much death. Got a phonecall last night from a close friend who wanted to talk about the death of three important people. I said, "Blue Blake? Yes. I heard. Just awful. Who else?" He says, "Gino Colbert and David Forrest." What?????? My jaw dropped to the floor and I couldn't speak. Totally shocking. Still in shock. David Forrest was a porn agent and we had to deal with him when we cast some of his clients in our plays and I didn't really know him personally. Gino Colbert on the other hand was one of my closet friends for a while. I met him when we brought Making Porn to LA. He was the first person in the industry to bring porn stars to come see the show and he invited me to his set where I met Blue Blake and got the idea to do the documentary. Gino starred in the movie we made and him and I became great friends and he appeared in some of my plays around the country. He was a very nice man. He seemed to know everyone on the planet. He introduced me to some fascinating people. Eventually our friendship drifted apart and we lost contact. In recent years our relationship consisted of him sending me a birthday e-mail saying, "Happy Birthday, Playwright Larsen." I would write back inviting him to lunch, which never happened, and then another year would pass...then last year he showed up at The Penis Talk Show in LA and it was great to see him again and that was it. I find out yesterday he died this summer of a heart attack, alone in his apartment, just like Blue Blake. Both starred in my plays and my documentary and both died in their 50's. Way too young. So sad. Life is way too short. I relearn that lesson every single day.
October 13, 2015
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November 28, 2011
"Really well done one man show! Powerful, interesting, and definitely unique. Also funny and thought provoking. Prepare yourself for the subject material. Makes for an interesting evening out..."
"While this definitely feels like a work in progress, it still is an intense piece. Particularly for the Gacy segment, you are riveted to the action in a disturbing way."
"Great performance. Okay writing. Still trying to figure out the link between Divine and Gacy. Gacy part was riveting. Divine part was funny, but didn't make me really care that much about her."
"Play needs a bit more work. The part about Gacy is really intense and developed but the part on Divine needs work. I didn't feel that his demons where as apparent but good first production of the play. Ronnie Larson did a good job."
"It was chilling at times. I found it very interesting and enjoyable. The only negative thing was the lighting. I'd recommend it."
November 24, 2011
The Muppets. I admired Hugo more than I liked it. Saw the trailer for
Titanic where they are promoting it as the most beloved film of all
time. LOL. That's news to me. James Cameron is so talented and
November 23, 2011
I was disappointed that I didn't see you after the performance at the Boxcar last night.
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your delightful show. I always feel lucky when I see a show that makes me laugh or when a show makes me think. When a show touches my heart, that is especially rare and precious.
"Making Porn" does all of that, and more. Add to that, the fact that the entire cast, each in his or her own way is beautiful, makes for a very special experience.
I've been lucky enough to see a couple of your previous shows. Obviously, I liked them enough to see this one. I was sure I would enjoy "Making Porn", I am so grateful that you created this show. I truly loved it.
On the way out of the theater after the production I got to talk to a couple of the actors. It was suggested that I come see the show again. Usually I don't get into San Francisco often and rarely see a show twice but this time I am taking their suggestion and am looking forward to seeing you all again this coming Sunday.
Thanks again. See you soon,
Best wishes always,
October 23, 2011
September 30, 2011
September 27, 2011
September 02, 2011
Written and Directed by Ronnie Larsen
Boxcar Studio Theatre
San Francisco • October 2011
Ronnie Larsen is currently casting a new production of Making Porn to open in San Francisco on Oct. 8th.
Two roles are already cast but 4 roles are still open.
Making Porn is a play about the gay pornography industry. It has played all over the world including 500 performances off-Broadway.
Making Porn begins at the Boxcar Theatre in SF on Friday, Oct. 7th and plays for 23 performances. It closes on Oct. 30th.
The performance schedule is:
Thursdays @ 8:00PM
Friday @ 7:00PM and 10:00PM
Saturdays at 7:00PM and 10:00PM
Sundays at 7:00PM
There is no Thursday performance the first week.
The performance dates are Oct. 7th thru Oct. 30.
There is a slight possibility of an extension in to November.
Actors will be paid $120.00 a week for performance weeks only. There is no pay for the rehearsal period.
This is a non-equity, non-union production.
We intend to film the play and make it available on DVD. The filming part of the production will be funded through Kickstarter.com and if the Kickstarter campaign is successful the 5 actors will divide 50% of all money raised. Ronnie Larsen, though acting in the play will not be included in the profit pool for the Kickstarter campaign.The other 50% of the money will go toward the creation and distribution of the DVD. Actors will not receive future residuals or royalties from the DVD. Sole ownership of the DVD will belong to Ronnie Larsen
Below is the cast breakdown as well as a synopsis of the play. More information can be found at RonnieLarsen.com and scripts can be accessed and downloaded there as well.
Set in San Francisco in the early 1980s, Making Porn, focuses on the lives of six people involved in the gay pornography industry. Jack Hawk, a straight, out-of-work actor is hired by gay porn producer, Arthur Mack, to star in his newest porn movie entitled, Cops. Included in the films cast are Ray Tanner, a jaded porn star of 70 films and a bright, young new-commer named Ricky. Complications arise when Jacks wife, Linda, finds out about her husbands new career and Arthur's lover, Jamie, falls in love with one of the actors.
Arthur - Age Range 30-50. A middle-aged porn director. This role is already cast and will be played by Ronnie Larsen.
Jamie - Age range 30's. Arthur's partner who falls in love with Ricky. This role is already cast and will be played by Jared Scott.
Jack - Age range 20-30. A straight actor who gets in to gay porn films for the money. Must be masculine, handsome and in great shape. Full-frontal nudity required.
Linda - Age range 20-30. Jack's loving wife who has no idea her husband is making porn. No nudity.
Ray - Age range 20-40 A bitter and jaded gay porn star with a wry sense of humor. Full frontal nudity required.
Ricky - Age 19. A young kid who is brand-new to the gay porn industry. Should be extremely cute and energetic. Full-frontal nudity required.
Rehearsals will begin Sept. 12th. Dates and times to be announced.
We will be in the theater for 2 weekends in the evening before opening on Sept. 22, 23, 24 and 25 and Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1 and 2. These dates are incredibly important. It is incredibly important for all actors to be at all rehearsals. So if you're not available for these dates, please don't submit your resume.
Ronnie Larsen, the director will be in town Sept, 12, 13, 14 and will be available all day and night to meet with actors and rehearse anytime around actor's schedules. The more flexible your schedule is the better.
If you are serious about auditioning, contact Ronnie Larsen at RonnieLarsenPresents@gmail.com to schedule a time to audition.
There is not an official audition day. Auditions will be scheduled around actor availability.
We look forward to meeting you and discussing this project.
August 28, 2011
August 17, 2011
July 31, 2011
July 26, 2011
July 23, 2011
July 19, 2011
her papers. Wow, it's easier to get a dog across the border than my
fiancee. Thanks, DOMA, for giving dogs more rights than gay and
lesbian bi-national couples.
July 17, 2011
June 24, 2011
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May 19, 2011
May 12, 2011
You can read about the play here.
You can find out more about their production here:
May 10, 2011
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May 06, 2011
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February 22, 2011
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In a first for the global airline industry, a newly-formed Thai airline seeks to employ the "third sex" to promote equal opportunities for transsexuals, according to the Telegraph.
PC Air boss Peter Chan has already recruited six transsexual crew members and will hire more. He told the Agence France Presse that the recruitment was driven by a belief in equal rights.
Chan added to the Telegraph:
I think these people can have many careers - not just in the entertainment business - and many of them have a dream to be an air hostess. I just made their dream come true. Our society has changed. It's evolution. I'm a pioneer and I'm sure there will be other organisations following my idea.
Although being transsexual is hardly a must for the position, Chan insists that all job applicants be able to speak the language and be able to provide good service to customers.
Roughly 100 people applied for the first round of jobs, according to the AFP, including the winner of the Miss Tiffany pageant in 2007, Thanyarat "Film" Jiraphatpakorn.
The 23-year old told Thailand's Nation newspaper: "At first I thought they would just take applications but not actually recruit us, as happened at other places before," but she was nevertheless delighted to be hired.
All transsexual flight attendants will have a "third sex" name tag attached to their uniforms to help with immigration, according to the Nation.