Every Act of Life
Every Act of Life is a surprisingly joyful and deeply inspiring portrait of Terrence McNally – one of most renowned American playwrights and queer trailblazers – from his complicated childhood in Corpus Christi, to travelling the world as tutor to John Steinbeck’s children to the present day as an 80 year old married gay man.
With award-winning Broadway shows like Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Kiss of the Spiderwoman, McNally’s groundbreaking career in the theatre weaves through the fight for LGBTQ rights, his triumph over addiction and pursuit of love and inspiration.
Rich with rare theatre footage and interviews with Angela Lansbury, Nathan Lane, Tyne Daly, Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, and Christine Baranski—among many others—as well as the voices of Bryan Cranston (as John Steinbeck) and Meryl Streep (as Terrence’s high school English teacher), this exploration of the four-time Tony-winning playwright’s life is packed to the rafters with theatre luminaries, making it an absolute must-see film for any Broadway lover and a wonderfully uplifting film that reveals the power of the arts to transform.
‘Poignant, incredibly inspiring . . . indispensable.’ The Village Voice
Dir: Jeff Kaufman, 2018, USA, 92 mins, 18+