Pride Month celebrations are typically that: celebrations. But we must never forget the struggles and devastating tragedies that allow us the freedom today to be out, proud, and decked out in rainbow shorty-shorts.
One history lesson that has gotten more exposure in recent years happened at the dawn of the LGBTQ rights movement, yet was largely overlooked for decades.
Four years after the Stonewall Riots, an arsonist targeted the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans’ French Quarter, killing 32. Knowledge of this devastating outcome makes for bittersweet musical drama in The View UpStairs, the next production from Uptown Players.
Yet by focusing more on the colorful people whose lives were cut short by an act of pure evil than the tragedy itself, a celebratory spirit permeates the narrative, as well as the rock and jazz score.
Because hope can be found even in the darkest of places.
Uptown Players presents The View UpStairs
By Max Vernon
June 21 to July 7
Tickets: $35 to $50
Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas
Photo courtesy of Uptown Players
Front – Walter Lee
Back (left to right) – Willliam Blake, Crystal Williams, Will Carleton, and Black McIver