[Free Audiobooks] Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg [Young Adult LGBT Play & Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of coming of age while coming out, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, are as follows:

  • Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a personal drama/comedy play in L. A. Theatre’s science-themed Relativity series, starring a lonely 13-year old boy whose devotion to the Saturday Night Horror Movie show hosted by the titular Doctor Cerebus convinces him to change his life; performed by a full cast in front of a live audience in 2010, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel with m/m romantic elements, starring an out and accepted gay teen who when transferring to an out-of-state all-boys’ boarding school, decides to try a change of pace by not mentioning his sexual orientation rather than have it become the focus of what people first see about him, only to find that trying to avoid being labelled boxes him in in other ways; read by Pete Cross, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

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[Free eBook] Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole [1970s Gay Theatre & Porn Director Autobiography]

Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole, a Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering gay pornography film director during the 1970s, is an autobiographical memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 2000 by Alyson Books and was later adapted into the documentary film I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole in 2013.

This is the 2011 updated edition with a new afterword by the author, who was a respected Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering director of gay pornography films, and covers his experiences in both, with reminisces about vintage theatrical celebrities and life on and off stage, as well as the rise of the porn industry during the sexual revolution of the 1970s.

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[Free eBook] A Pride of Terrys by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Theatre Arts Family Biography]

A Pride of Terrys by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage theatre artist group biography cum partial memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey PRess imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by Longmans, Green & Co Ltd.

This book comprises a biographical history and character studies of various members of the prominent Terry family of British actors who became a theatrical dynasty during the late 19th century and onwards, whose members included award-winning actor and film director John Gielgud. Many of the family were personal acquaintances or professional colleagues of the author, who was for a time a member of one of their theatre companies, as well as a close friend of Dame Ellen Terry.

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[Free eBook] Seven Stages by Geoffrey Trease [Vintage Theatrical Figures Biography]

Seven Stages by the late English author Geoffrey Trease, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature who was known for his meticulous historical research and contributions to children’s literature, is his vintage artistic figures biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1964 by William Heinemann.

The book was meant as a set of introductory biographical portraits for various notable contributors to the stage in various forms—theatre, opera, ballet, etc.—focusing on seven men and women from selected countries and centuries and associated professions, from Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe to Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, with suggested Further Reading (circa the 1960s, but some of the titles may have since become public domain and be readable via Project Gutenberg or The Internet Archive, if you are interested).

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[Free eBook] Sean O’Casey: A Life by Garry O’Connor [20th C Irish Political Playwright Biography]

Sean O’Casey: A Life by British author Garry O’Connor, an award-winning playwright and novelist also known for his theatre biographies, is his biography of the titular late Irish playwright, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1988 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This biography apparently focuses on the early/mid-20th century Irish playwright and memoirist Séan O’Casey‘s reinvention of his identity as he embraced his national heritage and mingled political and social consciousness with his creative work, becoming the first to write plays about Dublin working class folk, among other pioneering contributions to drama.

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