An Evening with Quentin Crisp – excerpt from the theater of Penny Arcade

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Quentin Crisp was an English writer and raconteur. He became a gay icon in the 1970s after publication of his memoir and the subsequent documentary, “The Naked Civil Servant.”
In 1981 and at the age of 73, Crisp transplanted himself to New York City’s Lower East Side. In 1991 in Britain’s Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Quentin named New York City performance artist Penny Arcade, as his “soul mate and anima figure” – the woman with whom he most identified. From 1989 to till shortly before Mr. Crisp’s death in 1999, their friendship blossomed and they took to the stage to perform a gospel of individuality and self-individuation.
For this excerpt from a 2 1/2 hour dialogue on the meaning of life and then some…Mr. Crisp and Ms Arcade travel overseas to the elegant and historic Theatre an der Wien Opera House in Vienna, Austria.

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