What Happens To Boys In Chelsea (WHTBC)

a choreopoem written and performed by Ryan


When Foster Lawrence was eighteen years old he fell from a fifth floor window in Manhattan and does not know how. This incident served as his coming out as gay/queer. Ten years later, he attempts to “connect the dots” in finding out what happened that night.

Performance History

What Happens To Boys In Chelsea was first performed at The Karcher,

a hair salon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


The work was an Official Selection of the United Solo Theatre Festival 2018

where it had its off-Broadway debut at Theatre Row


Other showings include:

Club Cumming; Alan Cumming's cabaret venue in the East Village

New York's LGBTQ Center with the New Masculinities Festival 2019

SAGE (Service and Advocacy for Gay Elders) in midtown Manhattan

Tilles Center For The Performing Arts at Post of Long Island University

The Triad Theatre; an off-Broadway theatre in Manhattan

Theatre 80 with Naked AngelsTuesdays@9 

The Green Room 42 as a part of Tom March's Cabaret/Poetry

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Ryan is a writer and performer living in New York. He grew up performing in summer stock theatre in the Berkshires/Tri-State area. He holds a BFA in Acting from Post of Long Island University where his studies focused on physical theatre. Ryan has worked as a crew member on various television and film productions including; HBO’s GIRLS, While We’re Young, This Is Where I Leave You, Paterson,

The Report.

You can also find a short film, music video work and a web series Ryan created on the


*Ryan wrote this. #duh