Purple Pride

Celebrating LGBTQ+ playwrights and works from the Purple Rose stage.

Theatre offers a lens in which to view life from different perspectives. The world of storytelling creates a space for unique worlds to exist and pieces of history to come alive. It evokes dialogue by bringing forth new material from existing human experiences and putting them center stage. We often look to find ourselves within those stories and among the characters involved. Imagine looking onstage and not seeing yourself at all.

The evolution of theatre and LGBTQ+ representation has been notable within the last century. As we pay homage to the events within LGBTQ+ history throughout the month of June, we must remember that the Pride and Black Lives Matters movements are intertwined. The [fight] for visibility translates across and within both histories, and that includes the theatre world.

For this Pride month, we would like to highlight shows that have LGBTQ+ plotlines and characters as well as featured LGBTQ+ playwrights at the Purple Rose. These works have entertained, informed, and contributed to the artistic plane as a whole.

LGBTQ+ Shows

Morning After Grace by Carey Crim

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear by David MacGregor

Diva Royale by Jeff Daniels

Never Not Once by Carey Crim

Other works featuring LGBTQ+ characters, content, and themes include:
Julie Johnson by Wendy Hammond
Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson
Guest Artist by Jeff Daniels
Gravity by David MacGregor
Consider the Oyster by David MacGregor
Paint Night by Carey Crim

LGBTQ+ Playwrights

Lanford Wilson

Book of Days

Rain Dance

Hot L Baltimore

Fifth of July

Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie

A Streetcar Named Desire

Thornton Wilder

Our Town

William Inge

Bus Stop

Moisés Kaufman

33 Variations

Noël Coward

Blithe Spirit

Charles Ludlam

The Mystery of Irma Vep

Rich Orloff

Spring Comedy Festival: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Lust

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