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We saw two incredible Masterpiece Theatre Productions:
Gloria: A Life, Starring Emmy Winner Christine Lahti as the living legend feminist Gloria Steinem. It appeared on PBS June 26th. Emily Mann’s play opened Off-Broadway in October 2018. Tony winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin) directs the play, which presents Steinem as a symbol of past, present, and future change. We are the age that remembered most of the people populating this production. Using video and photos of the past and surrounded by a cast of women who represented the women’s movement stellar figures, Lahti presented a glimpse into the life and times of Gloria Steinem. It was living history. In the second act, the real Gloria Steinem appeared and led a circle meeting with women from the audience telling their stories. (The audience was on two sides of the stage)
Jesus Christ Superstar was presented by Masterpiece Theatre, showcasing the Emmy Award-winning rock opera featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. John Legend leads the cast as Jesus Christ with Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas and rock legend Alice Cooper as King Herod. The musical recounts the biblical story of the final weeks of Jesus’ life, focusing on the relationship between Jesus and Judus. I hope everyone gets to see this innovative production. Legend made a believable Jesus; Dixon was dynamic as Judus, and Breilles did an brilliant job with “I don’t know how to love him.” It was theatre in the best sense of the word--creative, exiting and incredibly moving. I hope everyone gets that chance to see it.
After Kameny's death, an award was created and named "The Frank Kameny Award." It is presented to a member of the LGBTQ+ community who has paved the way for important legal victories but who doesn't have a law degree. The award was created to honor the memory of Frank Kameny, a tireless advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and the only recipient of the LGBT Bar’s Dan Bradley Award who did not have a law degree.