The Temperamentals

Performance Dates
“Temperamental” was code for “homosexual” in the early 1950’s, part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate. Winner of a Drama Desk Award in 2010, “The Temperamentals” tells the story of two men – the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich – as they fall in love while building the first gay rights organization in the pre-Stonewall United States. “With style and sense of humor, it mixes politics with…comedy and unexpected bursts of emotional candor,” wrote David Cote in Time Out New York.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Harry Hay
Rudi Gernreich/Woman #4
Bob Hull/George Shibley/Woman #1/Others
Dale Jennings/Nigel/Butler/Woman #3/Others
Chuck Rowland/Vincente/Woman #2/Others

Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Properties: Natalia Leimkuhler