Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive from New York to escape something else entirely. They went to an inconspicuous holiday resort that catered to a very special clientele: self-declared heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men, allowing them to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos.
But when their self appointed leader wants to make the organisation that supports them officially recognised, fractures in the group begin to emerge, and they find their ‘community’ can be a very fragile one. They have to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding is worth the risk of potential personal ruin, and whether the cost of excluding certain sections of the community is a price really worth paying.
Writer Harvey Fierstein wrote the book for the award winning musicals Hairspray and Kinky Boots and this play is infused with his trademark wit. This moving, insightful and entertaining play is based on real events, and offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.