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Historic Anti-LGBT Crime Musical "Upstairs" Tonight at PSR!

February 13, 2013 at 7:00pm

This February, playwright and composer Wayne Self will begin to unveil the powerful new musical Upstairs, about a little known, yet devastating anti-LGBT crime in New Orleans.

Upstairs chronicles the New Orleans arson fire of June 24, 1973, that killed 32 people at the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar known for its affiliation with the LGBT affirming Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). In the months after the tragedy, the fire was virtually ignored by local leaders, law enforcement, institutions, some families of the victims, and the wider world.

Upstairs will premiere with the following workshop performances:

“As a gay Louisiana native, I was shocked I had never heard about this crime,” said Upstairs creator Wayne Self, a resident of Southern California. “This was a great tragedy and it was swept under the rug. Once I became aware of it, I had to do my part along with others give voice to the victims, many of whom identified as gay, and as Christian. It’s a lesson in the perils of silence.”