In September 1975, a 15-year-old named Gayden Wren walked in to audition for the Gilbert & Sullivan Workshop of Long Island. Forty-three years later the company is called the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island, and he’s still there.
Gayden has played nearly every male role in the Savoy canon and has directed 39 G&S and G&S-related shows (26 operas, three revues, four staged readings and six related plays) for the company as well as such other groups as Oberlin College’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Troupers Light Opera in Connecticut, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of New York, the New Punctuation Army and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. He’s written two related plays, Very Truly Yours, Gilbert & Sullivan and A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol, which have been performed throughout the U.S. and in five foreign countries, and published the critical work A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Art of Gilbert & Sullivan (Oxford University Press, 2001). Newsday called him “the very model of a modern Savoyard.”
In 2008 he was invited to present a one-man show for the Off-Monroe Players in Rochester, who were producing Very Truly Yours, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Gilbert & Sullivan and Me was born. It was revived in Texas, under similar circumstances, for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin in 2016, and now Gayden’s bringing the show back to where it all began, as a one-night-only benefit for the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island.
It’s an evening of songs, humor and little-known information about the Gilbert & Sullivan operas—G&S as you’ve never seen or heard it before—and it’s a guaranteed treat for any Savoyard, young or old, newcomer or veteran, presented by someone who knows as much about Gilbert & Sullivan as anybody ought to know—and more!
Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Westy Self Storage, 2400 Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park
$15 at the door