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             six-hundred degrees of separation, Christopher Marlowe was murdered in
             1593 in self-defense by Ingram Frizer — a British collateral cousin from
             the Northern European Fritscher line: Fritscher/Fritcher/Fritzer/Frizer.
             Some people become dyslexic trying to spell or pronounce my surname
             that sports an internal “s” and rhymes with richer.)
                It is an historical note that my friend David Hurles, with whom
             I have never traded stabs, collaborated on the background authenticity
             of my version of Corporal in Charge, and he recorded his own wonder-
             ful “audio book” performance version that is still available from his Old
             Reliable studio. In 1991, literary historian and critic Winston Leyland
             included my Corporal in Charge text as the only drama in his Lammy-
             Award winning canon, Gay Roots: 20 Years of Gay Sunshine: An Anthology
             of Gay History, Sex, Politics, and Culture (1991). Corporal has become a
             classic Drummer chestnut. It also appeared in three anthology editions
             of my writing titled Corporal in Charge and Other Stories, published in
             1984 by Gay Sunshine Press, San Francisco; in 1998 by Prowler Press,
             London; and in a text-definitive edition in 2000, Palm Drive Publishing,
             San Francisco.
                The power of some of the writing in Drummer has endured and has
             entered the canon of the literary gaystream.
                 Crimes Against Nature which premiered in 1977 about the same time
             as I became Drummer editor in chief grew out of this early climate when
             theater of gay lib was finding its voice which was to nurture some of the
             strength of gay culture. Crimes Against Nature seemed to me to be of great
             interest to the men who I figured were the demographic of Drummer. In
             fact, the homomasculine David Baker, who co-authored and starred in
             the psycho-dramatic Crimes, was key to the drama collective that staged
             the play to reveal their own personal stories after the fashion of A Chorus
             Line, but using drumming and tub-thumping and movement that was
             years ahead of Stomp and Tap Dogs. David Baker appeared in a photo-
             graph by Robert Pruzan, Drummer 57 (October 1982), page 22; he was
             performing in another play, also printed, as mentioned, in full in Drum-
             mer, titled Delivery by C. D. Arnold, which opened March 5, 1982, at
             Studio Rhino (Theater Rhinoceros) and again on June 16, 1982, at the
             544 Natoma Gallery.
                When David Baker was performing Crimes in the round in 1977,
             after we had not seen each other for a couple of years, I had the anony-
             mous advantage of being a blurred face in the audience while he was
             brightly lit solo on stage. The cast had invented a kind of dance movement
             that was very stylized and sensual, and when the play ended, several of
             the cast, including David Baker, sat casually about on the floor of the
             stage-in-the-round as the audience slowly mixed and exited. Through

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