Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Last Sunday in June and Other Plays

The Last Sunday in June, If Memory Serves, and The Twilight of the Golds

by Jonathan Tolins

“A deftly constructed and cunningly written piece, hovering between a parody and a homage to the gay play.” –Donald Lyons, The New York Post

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 320
  • Publication Date June 16, 2004
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4136-1
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $13.00

About The Book

The Last Sunday in June:
In their Greenwich Village apartment, Tom and Michael plan to spend a quiet Gay Pride Day contemplating their impending move to the suburbs. But with the parade happening just outside their window, friends drop by to enjoy the view. When the gang finds out that Tom’s ex, James, is engaged to a woman, an impromptu “intervention” takes place–igniting a chain of events that rocks the foundations of Tom and Michael’s relationship.

The Twilight of the Golds:
Suzanne Gold is pregnant, which is wonderful news to her close-knit Jewish family. Her geneticist husband, Rob, arranges an advanced amniocentesis–with unexpected results: the baby will probably be “like David,” Suzanne’s gay brother. When the couple considers terminating the pregnancy, David fights for the life of the child, seeing it as a referendum on his own existence–and the ensuing debate changes this loving and seemingly liberal family forever.

If Memory Serves:
Diane Barrow was once America’s Sweetheart, everybody’s favorite sit-com mom. But now her career is kaput and she longs to recapture the spotlight. She gets her wish when her son Russell inadvertently accuses her of molesting him as a child. Is it all a mistake? Or is Russell finally remembering the truth? Repressed memory, identity politics, and the media circus provide the backdrop as Russell and Diane fight to make sense of the past and separate the truth from prime-time fantasy.


“A smart, timely and very funny play. A mature work, full of bold surprises! The actors are strikingly good! The performances are specific, distinct and witty! 90 minutes of lively entertainment! Mr. Tolins has provided a useful sociological service, a taking of cultural temperature at a moment when it needs to be taken. Tolins succeeds smartly at his intention here, which is to express impatience with the staler elements of gay dramatic literature and to push the “gay play” forward into its next generation of concerns.” –Bruce Weber, The New York Times

“A deftly constructed and cunningly written piece, hovering between a parody and a homage to the gay play.” –Donald Lyons, The New York Post

“A crowd-pleasing, crackerjack production! Funny and observant!” –Newsday 

“Clever writing, strong performances, and solid insights!” –New York Daily News

“Hilarious and mind-bending! A tribute to anyone who has ever managed to pull through the highs and lows of matters of the heart!” –NY 1

“A cleverly written new comedy! Sharp insights and lots of laughter!” –The Star Ledger

“Fast-paced and extremely funny! Excellent! I highly recommend anyone seeing this show!” –WOR Radio

“Go see it, and be prepared to discuss it far into the night! There’s no question that this is a play that will promote spirited arguments after the curtain comes down. The gay play of the moment! Witty, breezy and splendidly acted!” –The Journal News

“A Boys In The Band for this generation!” –Out Magazine

“Excellent acting and moments of greatness! Wrenching drama! Raises some serious questions about contemporary gay life. The ensemble is uniformly strong!” –Associated Press

“Trip Cullman’s production couldn’t be better!” –The New York Observer

“A deft comedy of bad manners! A smart, funny play . . . a clever self-exploration.” –David Rothenberg, WBAI

“Affectionate, thoughtful and funny!” –Variety

“What a lucky break for all of us that Jonathan Tolins’s provocative and hilarious plays are now collected in one volume. Tolins is a writer with a lot to say and he says it with a full arsenal of skills including biting wit, a deep understanding of character and true theatrical flair.” –Charles Busch, author of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife & Other Plays

Praise for The Twilight of the Golds

“A marvelous achievement on all levels.” –USA Today

“A haunting play of ideas crucial to the way we live.” –Rex Reed

“An entertaining theatrical tempest.” –The Washington Times

“A rich, intelligent, articulate piece of work that speaks volumes to matters that are paramount to us today.” –The Los Angeles Times

Praise for If Memory Serves

“Delicious satire.” –The Hollywood Reporter

“Delightful.” –Variety

“Big laughs. A funny provocative comedy.” –The Los Angeles Times

Praise for Jonathan Tolins

“There are some playwrights who write to entertain and others who write to change the status quo. Jonathan Tolins remarkably does both.” –Garry Marshall

“There is a two word answer to the question, “Where are the new playwrights who will keep the American theatre alive and vital and entertaining?” Those two words are: Jonathan Tolins.” –Larry Gelbart, author of M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh God, City of Angels, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and his memoir Laughing Matters

“Jonathan Tolins’s plays always make me laugh out loud, and then think very hard about why I am laughing.” –Terrence McNally