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Queer|Art|Film: Cole Escola presents STAGE DOOR

  • IFC Center 323 6th Avenue New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)

1937. US. 92 min. Directed by Gregory La Cava.

This month at Queer|Art|Film, luminous screen legends collide with Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn (and a little Lucille Ball) playing rivalrous actors living together in an all-woman "theatrical rooming house" in Gregory La Cava's Stage Door. Ambitions and sweethearts entangle; careers plummet and soar. Can friendship survive the turmoils of the theater? Presented by hilarious writer/performer Cole Escola ("Difficult People"), you're sure to find out the answer, and a whole lot more. Escola jokes, "Wisecracking, the desperate pursuit of survival, and looking out for each other? What could be queerer!".

As always, our screening will be followed by drinks and discussion at Julius Bar (159 West 10th St. at Waverly), the oldest gay bar in New York City!


Trailer trash born and raised in rural Oregon, Cole left home at 18 and followed his high school sweetheart to New York City. The relationship melted and Cole ended up in show business.

A comedian, actor, and writer, Cole is largely known for his original comedy shorts which have been featured by A.V. Club, Indiewire, and Paste Magazine. He co-created, wrote, and starred in the lo-fi, cult-hit TV show "Jeffery & Cole Casserole," and currently plays Matthew on Hulu's "Difficult People." His other TV credits include "Mozart in the Jungle," "Nurse Jackie," "Law & Order," and Netflix's "The Characters." He originated the role of Bridget Everett's fetus in "Rock Bottom" for The Public Theater in a performance Variety referred to as "heroic." His monthly solo sketch show, "The First Gay President," has sold out every performance since it started three years ago and has garnered praise and buzz from the likes of PAPER Magazine and Lena Dunham. He's been named one of the Out 100 and one of Time Out New York's Top Ten Downtown Cabaret Performers.