One of the tragically unreported events in our country’s history was a 1973 arson fire in a gay bar in New Orleans that killed 32 people. It is, to date, the largest single attack this country has seen against the LGBT community, snuffing out 32 lives that could have been any one of us. This year marks the 40th anniversary of that tragic event, and Wayne Self has written a musical theater piece, ‘Upstairs‘, named after the bar that was so murderously burned down, in an effort to remind us what came before, what life might have been, and what hope, love and loss sound like. In addition to being an important piece of LGBT history, it’s also a compelling perspective on the human condition. Tickets for the show are on sale now, so if you’re going to be in the New Orleans area from June 20-24, or just want to support this excellent work, please visit this link for the latest on the show, and how it came to be.
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