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Poet Steven Reigns ("A Quilt for David"): "This Book is David's Panel"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Release Date: 09/28/2021

Documentarian Tomer Heymann & His Subject Jonathan Agassi ( Documentarian Tomer Heymann & His Subject Jonathan Agassi ("Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life"): "I Don't Mind Being An Old Gay Man"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with Toren Heymann and Jonathan Agassi, the Tel Aviv, Israel-based filmmaker and subject of the new documentary Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life. The film documents about the rags-to-riches-to rags odyssey of Israeli porn performer Jonathan Agassi who rose to prominence in  films like Men Of Israel, Trapped In The Game and Jonathan Agassi Goes Raw, all from director Michael Lucas. Jonathan talks about how he got into porn, the power that came with changing his name and the parts of the business that he loved the most, from having sex with beautiful men to buying lots...

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Dennis On the Lost Spaces Podcast w/ K Anderson: Dennis On the Lost Spaces Podcast w/ K Anderson: "Where's That Slutty Guy Who Knew All The Moves"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

In a special crossover episode, Dennis flips the script and gets interviewed for another podcast, Lost Spaces hosted by London-based K Anderson. Lost Spaces is all about the wonderful LGBTQ spaces that are sadly no longer with us. Dennis talks about one of his favorite nightclubs ever, Oil Can Harry's in Studio City, CA. Here's the blurb from K's point of view: "So, I’m kinda fascinated with gay country and western bars, where people dress up in their finest cowperson garb, and square dance, two-step and mosey on down. This isn’t something that I think is a thing in the UK, so it’s just...

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You Don't Know My Life: Who's Gaslighting Who? Edition...featuring the cast & playwright from Gaslight House show art You Don't Know My Life: Who's Gaslighting Who? Edition...featuring the cast & playwright from Gaslight House

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by the cast and playwright of the new play Gaslight House for a rollicking game of You Don't Know My Life!  Playwright / Director Howard Skora plays the game along with his entire cast of actors: Alex Skuby, Kit McDonough, Amy Smallman-Winston, Nadya Ginsburg, Sara Maraffino and Robbie Mangiardi. The questions involve bad trips, petty childhood jealousies and magical nights at the theater and the stories that emerge cover everything from a life-changing trip to see Annie to a Magnum P.I  lookalike contest in a San Fernando Valley shopping mall....

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Writer-Comedian-Magician Judy Carter (A Death Defying Escape): Writer-Comedian-Magician Judy Carter (A Death Defying Escape): "It Was Like Oprah's Supershuttle"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with writer-actor-comedian-magician Judy Carter about her new autobiographical stage play A Death Defying Escape, which is currently playing at the Hudson Theatre Guild in Hollywood. Judy talks about the play's 5-year odyssey from conception to production, digging deep for the show's dramatic scenes, working with magic designer Craig Dickens on the show's illusions, and the play's central theme, which is how can we escape what has happened to us in the past and to find love in the present?  She also addresses sexism in the world of magic, explains why there...

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Author Brian D. Mahan ( Author Brian D. Mahan ("I Cried All The Way To Happy Hour"): "That Car Wreck Was The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined over Zoom from Merida, Mexico by author Brian D. Mahan to discuss his new book "I Cried All The Way To Happy Hour: What To Do When Self-Help Or Talk Therapy Haven't Really Helped."  Brian talks about the work he does with clients around shame and trauma, what inspired him to write the book, how a near-death experience led him to this work, giving up his acting career to become a Somatic Experiencing Practioner. He talks about his mission of helping 1 million people heal from trauma, the difference between toxic shame and healthy shame, the influence of Brene Brown and...

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Actor Mike Millan ( Actor Mike Millan ("Buyer & Cellar"): "I'm Famous For Splitting My Pants"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by actor Mike Millan who is currently starring in the play Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles. The play is a hilarious and poignant flight of fancy about a young gay actor who takes a job working in the mall in Barbra Streisand's basement. Mike talks about the self-tape audition that got him the role, his favorite moment in the show, how he learns all those lines and how much fun it is to argue with oneself on stage. He also recalls making his Broadway debut in Jimmy Buffet's Escape To Margaritaville in 2018, his unconventional...

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You Don't Know My Life! Buy The Book Edition w/ Authors John W. Bateman, Gary Goldstein, David Pevsner & Steven Reigns show art You Don't Know My Life! Buy The Book Edition w/ Authors John W. Bateman, Gary Goldstein, David Pevsner & Steven Reigns

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis gathers four fun-loving authors together on Zoom for a few rousing rounds of You Don't Know My Life! the party game Dennis co-created with Jeb Havens, which is available for purchase on Amazon. The authors are John W. Bateman (Who Killed Buster Sparkle?), Gary Goldstein (The Last Birthday Party), David Pevsner (Damn Shame) & Steven Reigns (A Quilt for David). The YDKML questions played include What book changed your life? What's a moment from the pandemic that you're sure to remember in 20 years? and What celebrity that isn't thought of as conventionally hot totally turns you...

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Scott T. Hinson ( Scott T. Hinson ("My Countdown"): "That Song Is Like An Amusement Park For Your Ears"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined by actor-filmmaker Scott T. Hinson to talk about his pandemic diversion turned full-on obsession; creating his own audio music countdowns, starting with My 80's Countdown...and then moving on to the 70's and 90's. He talks about the MTV veejays who inspired him to embark on this project and his multi-step process for choosing his Top 20 songs--there's a point system and notecards involved.  Scott also recalls being assaulted on a public bus last summer over a mask disagreement and the Firefall song that brought him comfort in ther aftermath. He also talks about the two...

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Director, Writer & Actor Ryan O'Connor ( Director, Writer & Actor Ryan O'Connor ("A Little Night Music"): "I Watched Nicole Kidman Learn the Word Keurig"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with theater director-actor & writer Ryan O'Connor to discuss Ryan's production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, which is currently playing at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. He talks about the production's long journey to opening night, his casting of trans and non binary actors in major roles, reckoning with the play's period gender dynamics and bring croquet into the mix. Ryan and Dennis also bond over not loving the scripted show's so-called happy ending. Ryan also recalls how his mother and musical theater saved him from relentless bullying...

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Performance Artist John Fleck ( Performance Artist John Fleck ("It's Alive, It's ALIVE!"): "I Like To Say Things You're Not Supposed To Say"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with actor-writer-performance artist John Fleck whose musical satire It's Alive, It's ALIVE! is showing at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles through March 20. John talks about the show's central idea; that COVID is here to save us, not hurt us, where the original idea came from and where he got the inflatable COVID headress he wears through much of the show. He also recalls his experience, along with Tim Miller, Karen Finley, Tim Miller and Holly Hughes, as one of the NEA Four, the four artists who had received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and whose...

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Dennis connects via Zoom with poet Steven Reigns to discuss his new book A Quilt for David, which explores through poetry the story of David Acer, the dentist from Treasure Cove, Florida who was accused by multiple people of giving them HIV through dental work in the early 1990s. The story made national news, led to several $1 million-plus insurance settlements and turned David into a convenient scapegoat for a nation wary of gay people and terrified of AIDS. Steven talks about the book's mixture of poetry and investigative reporting, going to Florida to research and interview people who were around at the time and his goal with the project of humanizing David Acer. He also recites two of the poems from the book.

www.aquiltfordavid.com