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Ronnie Larsen brings 'Making Porn' to Diversionary Theatre through July.

Ronnie Larsen talks about his play "Making Porn" coming to San Diego July 7.
Photo credit:
Sean Cody

Ronnie Larsen is a playwright who is well sought after in the LGBT community.

His works have been featured in every major city across the U.S.

He is known for his racy and sometimes clothes-optional works such as “10 naked Men,” “The Penis Talk Show,” and the behind-the-scenes documentary “Shooting Porn.”

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News caught up with Larsen as he prepares to bring his work “Making Porn” to The Diversionary Theater for one month starting Thursday, July 7.

SDGLN: What is "Making Porn" about? 

Larsen: Making Porn is a comedy about six people whose lives intersect via the gay porn industry. There's a straight actor who wants to do Shakespeare but ends up making gay porn for a struggling director trying to make a hit film to save his company.

Then there's the new kid whose dream is to be in a porn film and ends up falling in love with the porn directors husband and that gets messy.

The straight actor also has a wife who finds out her husband is making gay porn and more complications ensue. 

SDGLN: What can audiences expect from the play? 

Larsen: When performed correctly, which I believe this will be, it's a very funny evening but it's also heartfelt, it's not just all for laughs.

The characters are all dealing with life changing situations and all of their lives are completely altered by the end of the play and not all for the better. So it's very funny but there's darkness, too. It's also a fun peak behind the scenes of how a porn film is put together and the insanity involved in that process.

SDGLN: What inspired you to write it?

Larsen: I was on the road with my first play and I met a man named Scott O'Hara who happened to be a porn star and I had never met a porn star before so he agreed to let me interview him about his life and I realized there were lots of parallels between my life in the theater and his life in porn, so I was inspired to write the play but I had never met another porn star or been on a porn set, and when the play opened in LA all these famous porn stars came and thought that I had based the play on their lives.

And many of them came back to see the play over and over. One porn director, Gino Colbert, who has sadly passed on, came to see the show about 20 times and he kept bringing all his porn star friends. But it all grew out of that one interview. I was never really into gay porn but after I interviewed Scott O'Hara I felt a personal connection between my life in the theater and his life in the porn industry.

I often say the play is really about the theater more than the porn industry but nobody ever believes that. 

SDGLN: What message does it convey? Is it more than just nudity? 

Larsen: I think Making Porn is full of messages but I wouldn't say there's one prevailing message.

It's really a study of these six people whose lives all connect via this one movie they're all making.

It's important to remember that the play is 20 years old now and given all that our community had been through by 1995 it felt very powerful to work on a play that made so many gay men just laugh for two hours.

When the play is done correctly and the laughs are there it feels like the experience is the actual message which is, "let's all get together and just laugh for 2 hours" and given the recent tragedy in Orlando it feels, once again, that we can all use a good laugh so one of the jobs of the play is to give people a good time. Some people hate nudity in the theater and others are drawn to it.

It's not for everyone.

But the nudity in the play is not erotic, it's funny, it's silly. No one gets turned on by watching this play, at least not that I know of, well maybe a few people do, but for me it's all about the comedy and making people laugh. 

"Making Porn," plays from July 7, through July 31, 2016 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard in University Heights.

Show times are: Thursday at 8 pm; Friday at 9:30 pm; Saturday at 7 pm and 9:30; Sunday at 4 pm.    

You can purchase tickets HERE

This production contains nudity.