Based on true events, this new play reconstructs the extraordinary, campy, and sometimes heartbreaking history of a group of homosexuals unjustly imprisoned and quarantined on NYC’s Welfare Island during the 1930s for committing "lewd and unnatural acts which offend the public decency” (Penal Law 722, section 8).

Blending fact and fiction, this play takes us back in time to reveal a tapestry of rarely heard historical interviews and prison documents that tell the forgotten story of a group of fearless and fabulous individuals who led a silent but fierce revolution, bravely building the foundation of today’s gay movement when it was illegal to speak the love that dare not.


Historical photographs from the collections of Sébastien Lifshitz and Arthur Fellig.