In the middle of this K-hole of glitter, sequins, and skin emerged Michael - a notorious club promoter, media personality, and eventually, New York's most beloved sociopath. SEX DRUGS DEATH DISCO invites you to delve into an iconic time period - a time when you were only as important as your last outfit (and chopping up your drug dealer was party conversation).
Come to the party! And see how it ends...
Sex Drugs Death Disco was written by Vincent Kovar and envisioned for the stage by Rodney Shrader and Gary Zinter, the partnership most recently known for their successful runs of The Rocky Horror Show.
"...I found the adventure. It is there in The Bloated Woman by Jonathan Harper and in Wave Boys,Vincent Kovar's excellent seafaring adventure full of boys with tribal rituals, pent-up desires, a kraken, youthful aggression, pride and loss. This is my favorite story of the anthology due to the strong narrative voice, the excellent world building, and characters that drew me in from the first page. I wanted more of this story . . . just more."
"...Best of the bunch is easily Vincent Kovar's "Wave Boys" - a post apocalyptic tale featuring rival punk gangs who live on rafts/ships. The use of language is fantastic and creates a world dominated by youth culture. Think Waterworld meets A Clockwork Orange. The actual story is a mere snippet and I could quite happily have read a whole novel set in this universe."
"To create a world in a short story is very difficult. This is one of the reasons I so rarely try to use any world other than the one we live in (though I've been known to usually toss in some magic, psychic, or otherworldly extras). It's a fine line to walk between expository prose to clue in your reader and verisimilitude that stands on its own.
Vincent Kovar has that line down and begging mercy.
The next story in my trip through THE TOUCH OF THE SEA is Vincent Kovar's "Wave Boys." In no way to I mean this to be a knock against any of the other tales in this collection (as they're all wonderful), but this was one of my favourites of the bunch. Kovar crafts a sea and kraken world unlike any I've ever read, and encapsulates it in its own language, culture, custom and feel in the space of a short story. These boys are rough and tumble, and live on the waves. Gatherings are made of boats lashed together, and the kraken demons are to be mocked as much as they are feared. The ships are more like gangs, and the document telling us this tale is a translation from a source I won't ruin - but I loved wondering who was behind it, and for what purpose?This story exemplifies speculative fiction. Gold. Sunken gold, even."
Pulp Diction II- Pulp Sampler (playwright of "The Flood")
Pulp Diction II- Pulp Sampler was amazing. Thanks to the cast, crew and everyone in Portland for putting on such a great festival of short plays. I felt privileged to have my piece, "The Flood," included alongside such talented playwrights: Tina Connolly, Ralph Greco, Jr., Bill Ratner, Jeremiah Benjamin, Brian Allard, Robin Pond, and Liz Argall.
This series of staged readings served up a “Pulp Sampler” where the audience could get some good food, good beer, and enjoy good new Pulp. The 2011 selections took us into the realms of the Steampunks, Clones, Small Town Secrets, Cyber Wars, Lovable Hoods, Murderous Teens, Aliens, Alternate Dimensions.... and much more. All the plays were hand-picked from over 80 new submissions from around the world and were featured as part of Portland, Oregon's city-wide Fertile Ground Festival.
This sold-out show broke new ground on the way we understand HIV infections among gay men, HIV stigma, and living with HIV in 2010. Funny and thought provoking, The Infection Monologueschallenges the way we think about the contemporary HIV experience.
- Seattle Gay Scene: The Infection Monolgues has power and majesty.
- Seattle Gay News: The Infection Monologues challenges our perception of HIV/AIDS
- The Seattle Lesbian: The Infection Monologues: Seattle Premier
October of 2010 saw me featured in a two-part interview with Fangoria Magazine's "Gay of the Dead" columnist, Sean Abley. We talked about the movie I played in some years back, Creatures from the Pink Lagoon. The piece came out just in time for the local zombie convention, ZomBcon.
Open Circle Theatre continues it's annual tradition with the 8th installment of bringing HP Lovecraft's horror stories to the stage. It's the night of the unveiling of the latest painting, Ghoul Feeding, by Richard Upton Pickman, Seattle's self-proclaimed "premiere artiste morbid." But, after the painting is unveiled, it's met with terror, physical revulsion and insanity. In the wake of the scandal, Pickman vanishes leaving only questions: How is this connected to the other disappearances? What has Pickman been doing in the mysterious tunnels beneath the Old Seattle Underground? Vivian Thurber, Pickman's agent, and Danyeris Eliot, a photojournalist, can't rest until they find out, but what they discover threatens both their lives and their sanity.
Gay City: Volume 3, RE-PULPED (editor/curator)
In its third volume, Gay City Anthologies turns for inspiration to the "pulp" era of the 20th century. The early gay pulp novels were chewy, campy and often controversial, yet they signaled generations of gay and bi men that others like themselves existed; men who were dreaming of skimpy swimming suits, motorcycle jackets, cowboy hats and a world better than that they'd inherited. In Re-Pulped!, we include selections from nearly forgotten queer pioneers as well as works from today's most exciting new voices in fiction, photography, comic art and poetry. From romantic and wry to adventurous and edgy, this collection bursts through the boundaries of genre to redefine not only what gay was, but what it might yet be.
In May of 2010, my surrealist short play, "Waiting" was performed at the 4th Annual Stone Soup Playwrights' Festival.
The perfect fit for Seattle’s only 1-act company, 2010’s festival brings 17 short, original scripts to the DownStage, including the award-winning "Crazy Eddy" by Bob Canning, & the eyebrow-raising "Clothing Optional" by James Lyle. From epic absurdity to the comically criminal & just about everything in between, audiences will experience themes ranging from destruction & plagiarism to nudity & second chances.
Set in the DownStage in mid-May, audiences will enjoy a selection of 10 scripts per show selected from over 300 submissions, both local and national, featuring the playwriting talents of Bob Canning, Dustin Engstrom, Barbara M. Harkness, Andrew R. Heinze, Vincent Kovar, John Longenbaugh, James Lyle, Joe W. Marciniak, James E. Marlow, Scotto Moore, Tom Moran, Lavinia Roberts, Rich Rubin, Peter Snoad and Carolynne Wilcox.
Gay City: Volume 2 (editor/curator)
In 1969, Stonewall launched a revolution in gay culture and its role in the modern world. Forty years later, Gay City: Volume 2celebrates this ongoing transformation with 69 pieces of queer-themed short stories, comics, poetry, photography and art. Contributors include multi-award winning author, Ursula K. Le Guin (The Lathe of Heaven, The Earthsea Trilogy); novelist, syndicated columnist and NPR commentator, Marc Acito (How I Paid for College); and acclaimed comic artist, Eric Orner (The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green) as well as many other established and emerging talents. More about Volume 2 can be found in:
'mo Magazine (editor-at-large)
’mo was a free, monthly, full-color, printed magazine distributed throughout the Seattle metropolitan area. The magazine celebrated Seattle’s gay community by providing relevant local, regional and international content including: community, nightlife, shopping, love, sex, travel, service, faith, money, health, opinion, flavor, and more. Click here for a look back.
Gay City: Volume One (editor/curator)
A multi-disciplinary anthology of poetry, fiction, comic art and photography, this collection features work by Donna Barr, Michael Thomas Ford, Peter Pereira, Tom Spanbauer, Eric Orner and many others. As editor, I chose pieces that addressed the Gay City Health Project mission of building community, fostering communication and nurturing self-esteem.
Creatures from the Pink Lagoon (actor)
In a small town in 1967, plucky young sissy Phillip (Nick Garrison) is about to celebrate his birthday at the beach cottage owned by his best friend Stan (Lowell Deo). All of Phillip's friends are gathered for the festivities, including Stan's hunky-but-impulsive boyfriend Billy (Vincent Kovar), Billy's shy, nerdy cousin Joseph (Evan Mosher), and Randall (Philip D. Clarke), the chain-smoking, bitter queen of the bunch. Meanwhile, a horde of libidinous gay men - turned into ravenous flesh-eating zombies by toxic mosquitoes at a cruisy highway rest stop - are making their way towards our oblivious celebrants, eating every man in their path. More...
Thuglit: Hardcore Hardboiled (contributor)
From Publishers Weekly--Drawn from Robinson's online magazine Thuglit, these 25 mostly solid crime stories will largely appeal to those with a taste for explicit violence. (For others, one description of mutilated genitalia is likely to be more than enough.) The best entries rely on subtlety and spare character portraits to make their point. My own contribution "The All-Night Dentist"follows a man whose profession is the oral hygiene of the undead, as he plots the grisley murder of his ex-wife. Thuglit is lit-noir for those who like their fiction dark and gritty.
- "In one of the most unusual crime stories I've read, Vincent Kovar comes up with a reason for an "All-Night Dentist" to exist--really entertaining stuff." --http://www.amazon.com/Hardcore-Hardboiled-Todd-Robinson/product-reviews/0758222661
- "I am not a vampire reading person but loved The All-Night Dentist story...DENTAL BITES: Vincent Kovar’s The All-Night Dentist= 9 pages are chock-full of dental. Most of whom this unnamed DDS are the undead aka vampires. He does have a late afternoon clinic to keep the IRS happy. He claims “Good DDSs are hard to find especially ones who are open all night.” The DDS also states, “You’ve probably heard that DDSs have the highest suicide rate of any profession. No one is quite sure why but we do seem to be a depressive lot, even those who get out into the sunshine with greater regularity than me. We spend a lot of time in the office with the DDS working on his patients. Kovar confirms a methmouth on 1 patient, & what the DDS does to fix it. We learn, as does the DDS, that vampires supernumerary cuspids fold down from the palate. Antonia’s lawyer’s paralegal calls & wants to set up a prophy appointment. Why? The nameless DDS’ wife Antonia has been fooling around. He wants her dead & asks a patient to do the deed. He does pay a high price for it."--http://www.ladhsociety.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/HYGIENISTS_IN_PRINT_MAY_2012.131120129.pdf
Ellipsis Magazine (contributor)
Sadly now defunct, Ellipsis Magazine was a premier venue for fresh new fiction...like mine. My short-short story "Vivian in Early Mourning"describes an obsessive compulsive woman as she schemes to kill her husband over breakfast.
Lambda Award–winning editor Richard Labonté leaves no fetish unfulfilled in this new collection of gay erotica. This steamy collection contains a wide range of erotic short stories for readers with a taste for sizzling storylines and uninhibited, unrepentant mansex. I always found it somewhat confusing that my short story "You've Heard of It" ended up in an anthology of erotica as it is a rather cynical, melacholy tale. However, Labonté always puts together great collections so I was thrilled to be included in this book.
"Let's eat!" is an appropriate anagram for Seattle, as the Hungry? Seattle dining guide proves with its foodies' tour of the town. From the Scandinavian settlers to the high-tech newcomers who have landed on the shores of the Emerald City, Seattle's food scene meets inhabitants' needs for a rich mix of artisan delicacies, ethnic dishes, and fine fusion cuisines, where eating well doesn't mean breaking the bank. Edited by my first writing mentor, the talented Roberta Cruger, the book is focused on great places to get a great meal for only $10-$15. I was priviledged to contribute several reviews and enjoyed every bite.
Seattle: 150 Years of Progress (contributor)
I contributed several articles to this collection of city history and business/institutional profiles. The book frequently turns up as a corporate gift and has great selection of both old and new photographs.
Blithe House Quarterly (contributor)
A quarterly literary magazine for queer short fiction. Every issue features 6 to 10 short stories. Blithe House publishes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered fiction not as a genre or a ghetto but as a literature that can stand by any other in its quality and innovation.
One Real Story (contributor)
An online thinktank for creative writers. My short stories, "Jesse" and "Drink from Your Lips While Sleeping" can be found here.
Along withhelping to edit and produce this guide of more than 320 pages, I wrote film summaries for for 40 of the films including 881, Ask Not, Bad Habits, Baghead, Ballast, Bliss, Bottleshock, Boystown, Breakfast with Skit, Boystown, Brick Lane, Call me Troy, Choke, Dream Boy, Elegy, Empties, Faces, Female Agents, Go with Peace Jamile, Head On, Heartbeat Detector, In July, Jar City, La France, Late Bloomers, Mister Foe, On the Wings of Dreams, One-Hundred Nails, The Pope's Toilet, Saturn in Opposition, Sexy Beast, Sleept Dealer, The Art of Negative Thinking, The Girl by the Lake, The Wackness, This Way Up and Young Adam plus section headers and other copy.
2008 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Guide (contributor)
Wrote film summaries for the festival catalog to inform and motivate audiences.
Seattle/Chicago Pride Magazine (Arts & Entertainment Editor/Feature Writer)
Here, I assisted with the editorial calender, created the PR outreach program, assigned and edited submissions in coordination with the editor-in-chief and submitted several pieces of my own writing. These included restaurant and book reviews, business profies, and feature personality interviews with figures like literary icon Gore Vidal, Golden Globe-winner Kimberely Peirce and many others.
Come enjoy the work of Seattle writers Scot Bastian, Ellen Covey, Josie De Lellis, Jeremy January, Chris Mathews, Frank Merritt, Vincent Kovar, John Ruoff, and Donna Van Norman, performed by an all-WARP cast that includes many of the writers as well as Shobhit Agarwal, Ricky Goodwin, Sarah Haskell, Scott Nelson, and Jeff Woodbridge. Performances are at the TPS Theatre 4 on the 4th floor of the Center House at the Seattle Center.
Ham for the Holidays (ensemble)
The seventh outrageously hammy revue script perpetrated by Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (whose duo, Dos Fallopia, has a cult following exceeded only by Jim Jones), abetted by director Michael Oaks, musical director/actor/top-heavy drag queen D.J. Gommels, and Vincent Kovar in his first stage appearance in heels. I can tell you that the preview audience prevented actors from speaking for minutes at a time due to outright prolonged laughter at the sight of these clowns, before they could even open their mouths.Not that they're disinclined to open their mouths—or, in Platt's case, color waaaay outside the lines of her lips and make her mouth resemble the Mask of Tragedy while travestying Naomi Judd (to Koch's Wynonna) and cracking pungent bathroom jokes. I am also free to reveal that they have composed some lovely original tunes, including "Middle Aged Woman" ("I can't remember squat . . . there's a ringin' in my ears, and I tend to fart a lot"), and lots of new lyrics for standards, like "That's What Friends Are For" rewritten as a pointed send-up of ambiguously supportive gay male/ lesbian relations. The longest skits skewer Dick Cheney, Angry Housewives, the nonexistent Sequim Men's Chorus, and Condi Rice (who is, of course, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct). Platt, known for her plus-sized humor, appears to have stowed most of her weight in Gommel's overstuffed bra. Some of the writing is as funny as Dan Savage's update of The Misanthrope at Re-bar. But I'll not violate the Critic's Code by telling you just which performances I found most or least gut-busting. Let your own gut be your guide. TIM APPELO
The House of Yes (Director)
"House of Yes" by Wendy MacLeod, directed by Vincent Kovar, ARO.space, Feb. 21, 1999
The Cheshire Society in Seattle, WA held a weeklong celebration of the Lewis Carroll Centenary. Alice lovers were invited to join in two events: the Mad Tea/Wonderland Ball and the run of the original stage-play ALICE: Through the Looking Glass, Darkly. The Mad Tea and Wonderland Ball took place in the elegant Century Ballroom on the second floor of Capitol Hill’s Oddfellows’ Hall 915 E Pine St Seattle, WA 98122 on October 4th, 1998 from 5 pm to 10pm. With the Mad Tea lasting until 7, after which the Wonderland Ball began.