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A rock n' roll ride with the real-life gay bikers who kickstarted the sexual revolution in 1950s Chicago.

 

Acclaimed theatre artist Scott Bradley and recording artist Mercy Bell are creating a musical based on the Chuck Renslow biography Leatherman by Tracy Baim and Owen Keehnen. Jonny Stax and About Face Theatre lead the commissioning team behind the effort to bring these trailblazers to life in an immersive transmedia experience honoring the power of LGBTQIA+ individuals.

 

LEATHER DADDIES recounts the adventures of artist-entrepreneur-outlaws Chuck Renslow (pictured below) and Domingo Orejudos (pictured left) as they lead a pack of leather-clad rebels, pushing the boundaries of art, activism, and sexual exploration at a time of crushing conformity and persecution. They dreamt of a world where interracial same-sex love could be expressed without shame or hiding. That world didn’t exist, so they turned their dream into an underground empire that would grow into a global community.

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LEATHER DADDIES

Meet the creators of LEATHER DADDIES

Acclaimed theatre artist Scott Bradley and singer-songwriter Mercy Bell. 

Media clips below. Team biographies here.

Leather Stories 

LEATHER DADDIES illuminates the ingenuity and resilience in LGBTQIA+ communities. Given the current backlash to civil rights progress, we need powerful stories of our brave forebears and contemporaries to guide and inspire us as we fend off attacks on young people and communities of color.

 

In partnership with the Leather Archives & Museum, LEATHER DADDIES will be working with queer and sex-positive communities across the country to collect and share intergenerational stories that amplify our rich diversity of voices and histories.

 

Support the birth of this exciting project.

It takes a village to make Leather Daddies!

Pictured: Artist Dom "Etienne" Orejudos with his mural at the Gold Coast Bar.

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Join the Family

We are raising $100,000 to fund the musical’s commissioning phase

and community engagement programming.

Gifts of all sizes are welcome and tax-deductible.

Employer matching programs amplify your gifts. 

Sugar Daddies & Mamas

Commit to raising or giving a $5000 minimum to join the Commissioning Team and unlock special content. Jonny Stax & The Potion Factory will feature groups and organizations in communications to their mailing list, social media, and at events. Reach out to Jonny at Jstax@jonnystax.com to learn more and join the team.

Family Jewels

Gifts of $2500, $1000, and $500 earn you or your organization recognition on program materials, VIP invitations to events, and special discounts on artistic products.

Swingers

We want to meet influencers and connectors with LGBTQIA+ and sex-postive hubs in different regions of the country. We are looking for geographic, racial, and sexual diversity in storytellers. We are also looking for funding and producing partners as we grow this innovative project. To connect our networks, connect with Jonny at jstax@jonnystax.com.

Support LEATHER DADDIES with a tax-deductible contribution.

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If you prefer to donate by check and avoid service fees, put LEATHER DADDY in the Memo section and write the check to About Face Theatre. Address: PO Box 408092, Chicago IL 60640-0001

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Jonny Stax provides development assistance to creative ventures that progress justice, equity, and diversity. Each project is given resources, time, and space supported by contributions and grant monies working with non-profit partners in their home state.