"Last Summer With Uncle Ira"
Writer/co-director Gary Jaffe’s short drama Last Summer with Uncle Ira essentially finds the Austin native engaging in an imagined conversation he has had numerous times with his Uncle Barry, who died in 1991 from complications of AIDS when Jaffe was 3 years old. In Last Summer with Uncle Ira, closeted teenager Daniel spends an afternoon in conversation with his dying relative about his summer camp ambitions. But their conversation takes a serious turn when Ira offers some metaphorical life advice that Daniel may not necessarily be ready to hear. Last Summer with Uncle Ira stars Emmy-nominee Wayne Wilcox as Ira, Igby Rigney as Daniel, and Tony Award-winner Stephanie J. Block as Daniel’s mother Rachel. Last Summer with Uncle Ira, which is co-directed by Katie Ennis, will begin streaming Saturday through Aug. 16 as part of the AGLIFF 33: Prism virtual film festival’s Fiction Shorts #1 package at (https://agliff.eventive.org/films/5ef3cbab1cdd780068c81f33). Now based in New York, playwright Gary Jaffe served as the artistic director of the TUTTO Theatre Company in Austin. He also has directed the short films Next Level Shit and Sunset. He plans to reunite with his Last Summer with Uncle Ira co-director Katie Ennis for the feature-length version of the short, Last Summer with Ira.
Aired: August 6, 2020