217 BOXES OF DR. HENRY ANONYMOUS
Image: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1972: Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.” This new play combs Fryer’s 217-box archive, unearthing three figures from his life; asking each to draw a portrait of the man behind the mask.
This is the culmination of a two year project AN ARTIST EMBEDDED, led by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and three time Obie winning writer/director Ain Gordon.
"...'217 Boxes’ is an important work of documentary theater about a man who is a footnote to gay history, as well as a powerfully moving abstract of the decades of suffering and change that his life and attachments encompassed." –The New York Times
“....a series of beautifully shaped 25-minute monologues, avatars of gayness in America during the whole of the 20th century.” –The New York Times