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1. Ryan J. Haddad

Published on: 19th February, 2021

Ladies, gentlemen, and molls too: we are back for Season Two! Roger and Lovell return for a brand new conversation with the tremendous writer-performer Ryan J. Haddad. Fresh off his second season starring on Netflix's hit satire The Politician, Ryan joins us to chat all about the journey of his creative process as a writer and actor, which has culminated in the current digital theater presentation of his acclaimed solo show Hi, Are You Single?. Available until February 28, 2021 via the famed Woolly Mammoth Theater Company (woollyondemand.net) and IAMA Theater Company, the show documents Ryan's inimitable dating life as a Lebanese gay man who has cerebral palsy. Ryan's thoughtful and generous perspectives on love, loneliness, and loss are not to be missed! Go watch Hi, Are You Single?, follow Ryan on Instagram at @ryanjhaddad, and learn everything you can about the solo performers highlighted by Ryan in this week's Gayborhood Watch: Diana Oh, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Becca Blackwell.  And don't forget to follow @rogerq.mason and @lovell.holder on Instagram for all your Gayborhood updates.

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About the Podcast

Sister Roger's Gayborhood
It's a beautiful day to join LGBTQIA+ leaders from across every industry for insightful, funny, and moving conversations about how the queer community has shaped and informed their professional lives. Sister Roger’s Gayborhood is a podcast hosted by award-winning playwright and performer Roger Q. Mason (Lavender Men, The White Dress) and lauded writer/director Lovell Holder (Working Man, Some Freaks). Building on their own professional journeys in our challenging times, Mason and Holder have curated a star-studded and thought-provoking roster of queer guests who have stories to share about their successes, their failures, and the transcendent power of their own personal "gayborhoods."

Created by Roger Q. Mason and Lovell Holder. Music and sound engineering by David Gonzales. Executive Produced by David Gonzales and Mia Chang Dreiling at Tunnel.

About your hosts

Roger Mason

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Roger Q. Mason (he/they) is an award-winning writer, performer and educator known for using history's lens to highlight the biases that separate rather than unite us. He/they are the recipient of the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award, an honoree of the Kilroys List 2020, the Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers Award, and a finalist for the Geffen Theatre's Writers' Room, Lark Playwright's Week and the Screencraft Play Award. His/their playwriting has been seen on Broadway at Circle in the Square (Circle Reading Series); Off/Off-Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, New Group, American Theatre of Actors, Flea Theatre, and Access Theater; and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, EST/LA, Son of Semele, and Skylight Theatre. Mason is a proud alumnus of the Obie-winning Fire This Time Festival, and a member of Skylight Theatre Company's Skylab and Echo Theatre Company's Writers Group. Roger Q. Mason holds degrees from Princeton University, Middlebury College, and Northwestern University.

Lovell Holder

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Lovell Holder graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. He then received his MFA from Brown University. Feature Film: Ian MacAllister-McDonald’s "Some Freaks" (producer, starring Thomas Mann, Lily Mae Harrington, and Tony nominee Marin Ireland); "Loserville" (director/producer/co-writer, produced with Tony winner Sara Ramirez, starring Darby Stanchfield, Matt McGorry, Natalie Hall, and Jonathan Lipnicki); Robert Jury’s "Working Man" (producer, starring Peter Gerety, Billy Brown, and Oscar nominee Talia Shire). Short Film: Samantha Soule's "Birdwatching" (producer, starring Amanda Seyfried); Olivia Hamilton’s "Surrogate" (produced with Oscar winner Damien Chazelle); Daniel Talbott’s "You Say Hello" (director/producer); Roger Q. Mason's "Softer" (director/producer, produced with Emmy winner Robert J. Ulrich, starring Rick Cosnett and Terrell Carter); Anna Chazelle's "Narrow" (producer); Julia Max's "Pieces of Me" (producer). Lovell's film work has screened and garnered prizes at more than 50 American and international film festivals. In 2019, he directed the Broadway workshop of Roger Q. Mason's play "Lavender Men" at Circle in the Square. He has also directed theater in LA at Skylight Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Echo Theater Company, Rising Phoenix Rep, LATC, Chalk Rep, and Son of Semele, and he has appeared onstage regionally at the McCarter Theater and Trinity Repertory Company, in addition to actively volunteering as a writer with the NYC-based organization 24 Hour Plays. He is a proud company member of Rising Phoenix Rep and serves as a board member of Descanso Gardens.

David Gonzalez

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A passionate musician since childhood, David Gonzalez is an accomplished composer based in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in both television and film.

Mesmerized by John Williams' scores to the original Star Wars trilogy as a child, David began writing his own compositions in grade school. He eventually found his way to the film scoring department at Berklee College of Music, where he earned his BM in Film Scoring.

Now in Los Angeles, David has put his skills and passion as a composer to good use in a variety of projects. From feature films like Working Man, starring Oscar-Nominee Talia Shire, Peter Gerety (The Wire), and Billy Brown, to commercials for Rit Dye, David's music enriches and enlivens the pictures on the screen. His work can also be heard on Switched at Birth and How I Met Your Mother, helping to bring these popular small-screen stories to life. Wow! And he's a podcast editor now too!!!

David's rousing energy about writing music across all genres, as evidenced by his work composing for movie trailers, wedding processionals, video games, rock bands and special events. Collaborating with the other creators on the project is a key element to his success. Their insight is an invaluable part of making the music work in the context it's needed.

Mia Chang Dreiling

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Executive Producer - Sister Roger's Gayborhood