The Jamb

Gay punks Tuffer and Roderick are turning forty. Neither wants to face it. While Tuffer continues to smoke, snort, and screw his way through Manhattan’s collegiate male population, Roderick’s gone straightedge, embracing activism and martial arts. With the arrival of Tuffer’s latest boy toy, Brandon, Roderick can take no more. After a disastrous quasi-intervention, Tuffer agrees to a sobering-up at Roderick’s...
Gay punks Tuffer and Roderick are turning forty. Neither wants to face it. While Tuffer continues to smoke, snort, and screw his way through Manhattan’s collegiate male population, Roderick’s gone straightedge, embracing activism and martial arts. With the arrival of Tuffer’s latest boy toy, Brandon, Roderick can take no more. After a disastrous quasi-intervention, Tuffer agrees to a sobering-up at Roderick’s mother’s house in rural New Mexico.

But when Roderick’s mother Abigail, a formerly successful folk singer, throws the guys a very organic birthday party, twenty years of tension comes to a head. They must confront one another, and themselves, in a kind of spiritual exile on the high desert. Each is on the verge of something new, almost somewhere, in the jamb.

The Jamb is a queer coming-of-middle-age story set in 2008. J.Stephen Brantley’s punk rock rom-com on crystal meth examines how addiction, politics and pop culture have impacted the lives of gay American men who grew up post-Stonewall, pre-Will And Grace. The award-winning 2016 production was directed by Obie-winner David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me). Mature audiences only.


TUFFER is a very charming thirty-nine, but can pass for much younger in a bar at closing time. He’s a trust fund baby and ivy league flunker who continues to party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine.

RODERICK is Tuffer’s best friend. After years of reckless behavior, Roderick did a three-sixty in preparation for his fortieth. Now he’s taken up the challenge of reforming Tuffer too.

BRANDON is a twenty-year-old college student and part-time go-go boy. He may not be entirely innocent but he is certainly still green enough to be a romantic.

ABIGAIL is Roderick’s mother. Once a successful singer-songwriter, she has mostly retired to a hilltop in rural New Mexico.

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The Jamb

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    5 May. 2020
    A funny, nuanced comedy about gay male friendship and the intricacies and dangers of "Peter Pan" syndrome that can prevent men from actualizing as adults and living healthy lives. THE JAMB looks at this issue in a uniquely queer way, touching upon the factors in gay male culture that can lead to these unhealthy patterns. The titular "jamb" reflects the different ways Tuffer and Roderick experience liminality--age, identity, and the "era of gay" they grew up in, feeling both the privileges and amorphous dissatisfaction that came along with it. The characters are all multi-dimensional and delightful!
  • John Bavoso:
    20 Oct. 2018
    I love a play that tackles serious issues with lots of comedy, and THE JAMB is one of the best I’ve read. The metatheatrics are a lot of fun and the relationships feel genuine and lived in. I think this would be a joy to both act in and watch. Highly recommended!
  • Duncan Pflaster:
    8 Oct. 2018
    This play about gay men growing up and out of the harmful-but-fun adventures of their youth is full of heart and wisdom. It's also very funny and intriguing. Nothing else like it out there.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Hard Sparks
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    TOSOS - The Other Side Of Silence
    ,
    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
    ,
    2009
  • Reading
    ,
    Dixon Place HOT! Festival of Queer Performance
    ,
    2009

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Hard Sparks
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
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Outstanding Director
,
New York Innovative Theatre Foundation
,
2017
Winner
,
Outstanding Actor In A Lead Role
,
New York Innovative Theatre Foundation
,
2017
Winner
,
Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award
,
New York Innovative Theatre Foundation
,
2017
Winner
,
Best Staged Reading
,
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
,
2009