WORLD PREMIERE: SUMMER 2020
Based on true events, this new play reconstructs the extraordinary, campy, and sometimes heartbreaking history of a group of gay men unjustly imprisoned and quarantined on NYC’s Welfare Island during the 1930s for committing "lewd and unnatural acts which offend the public decency” (NYC’s Penal Law 722, section 8).
Blending fact and fiction, this play takes us backwards and forwards 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 pioneers who led a silent but fierce revolution, bravely building the prewar gay liberation movement.
“The gay world that flourished before World War II has been almost entirely forgotten in popular memory and overlooked by professional historians; it is not supposed to have existed.” (George Chauncey, Gay New York)
Historical photographs from the collections of Sébastien Lifshitz and Arthur Fellig.