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When Wes, a young fashion designer, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of gay history. Featuring a gritty, glam rock score and a tight-knit ensemble of unforgettable characters, The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide us through an uncertain future.
RUN TIME: Approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.
Wes … J’royce Jata*
Patrick … Eddie Shields*
Buddy … Will McGarrahan*
Willie … Davron S. Monroe*
Henri … Yewande Odetoyinbo*
Freddy … Shawn Verrier
Inez/Realtor … Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda*
Richard … Russell Garrett*
Dale … Jared Troilo*
Cop … Michael Levesque
Scenic Design by Abby Shenker
Costume Design by Dustin Todd Rennells
Lighting Design by Abigail Wang
Sound Design by Elektra T. Newman
Lauren Burke*, Production Stage Manager
Stephen MacDonald*, Assistant Stage Manager
Sundays: 6/9, 6/16, 6/23 following 3:00 pm performances
Join us for a talkback with artists from the show.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.