The Secretaries...then and now! Cast of the NYFringe/TOSOS Production of The Five Lesbian Brothers' 'The Secretaries:' (l. to r.) VIrginia Baeta, Karen Stanion, Elizabeth Bell, Original Secretary/Playwright Moe Angelos, Elizabeth Whitney, Jamie Heinlein, and Tari Stratton (Stage Directions for Chesley/Chambers Reading)

TOSOS: The Other Side of Silence

In 1974, Off-Off Broadway veteran Doric Wilson, cabaret star Billy Blackwell and director Peter dell Valle, started the first professional gay theatre company in NYC. It was called The Other Side of Silence; TOSOS for short.

In 2002, directors Mark Finley and Barry Childs and playwright Wilson resurrected the company as TOSOS II, dedicating it to an honest and open exploration of the life experience and cultural sensibility of the GLBT community and to preserving and promoting our literary past in a determined effort to keep our theatrical heritage alive.

In 2004, TOSOS was honored by inclusion in the new permanent theater exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

In 2007, founder Doric Wilson received the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Artistic Achievement.

In 2009, Mark Finley decided to take the company back to its origins, rebranding it TOSOS - The Other Side of Silence.

Read about the many programs and productions of TOSOS at www.tosos2.org.

Other recent TOSOS productions...

Chris Weikel's Pig Tale was given a staged reading in the Robert Chesley/Jane Chambers Playwrights Project, then given a full production by TOSOS at Wings Theatre in New York City in December, 2008, then presented at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in May 2009. Meryl Cohn's And Sophie Comes Too was presented as a staged reading in the Chesley/Chambers series, then presented in a sell-out, extended run in the 2009 NYFringe.