'Love! Valour! Compassion!' gathers together eight gay men at the upstate New York summer house of a celebrated dancer-choreographer who fears he is losing his creativity... and possibly his lover. Infidelity, flirtations, soul-searching, AIDS, truth-telling, and skinny-dipping mix monumental questions about life and death with a wacky dress rehearsal for Swan Lake performed in drag. The result is a cross between a gay Big Chill and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. To read it is to join in a dance of life.