Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide–March 2014

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Proud Theater is pleased to welcome playwright L. Robert Westeen back to Wisconsin for 4 showings of his hit one-person show ‘Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide’, a humorous romp through the life of a man who spends an evening with a cocaine-addicted Ethel Merman female impersonator and ends up developing a new outlook on his own life, past and present. ‘Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide’ was originally developed by Westeen – a Wausau, Wisconsin Native – as a performance piece about his own life in the hopes of inspiring a young friend in the process of coming out to find a place in the world.

‘[It] takes you down a rabbit hole and on a few rabbit trails,’ says Westeen of the show, “[and is] a study on living life to its fullest, never taking moments for granted, and being who you are no matter what others may think.” The show was a finalist in the 2012 Houston Press ‘Houston Theater Awards’ for Best Playwright, and recently was presented at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival to strong critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike.


“L. Robert Westeen’s one-man show features defiantly traditional storytelling about coming out, with a tale strong enough at its center, told so well, that it’s compelling for any audience, gay or straight.”

–Phillip Andrew Bennett Low (

“One of the best shows I have seen… Heartwarming … You see a very personal side of the actor that makes you honored to see his show and hear his story. You definitely have to see this show.”

– Twin Cities Daily Planet


‘Cocaine and Ethel Merman’ is having FOUR shows to benefit Proud Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door. Click on the showing below to order tickets and for more showing information!

April 2, 2014 – 730PM – Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2252 Kinnickinnic, Milwaukee WI

April 3, 2014 – 730PM – Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison WI

April 4 & 5, 2014 – 730PM – University of Wisconsin Marathon Campus, 518 S. 7th Ave, Wausau, WI