April 7, 2019, 7:00 PM
My Readers Theater play Dear Anita Bryant will be presented at the Desert Rose Playhouse in Palm Springs, CA.
In 1977 singer Anita Bryant kicked off her anti-gay work in an effort to repeal Miami’s new non-discrimination ordinance. Successful, Bryant took that campaign on the road across the country. The next year the Florida legislature ruled that lesbians and gay men were not fit parents. In 1979, I came out as a lesbian and lost custody of my two young children. Years later, I wrote a letter to Anita Bryant. This play, both dramatic and humorous, shares the challenges of pain and the power of forgiveness as it tells the stories of LGBT history during that time through the AIDS crisis to the present.
This play was also produced at the Palm Springs Camelot theater on February 15, 2019 and at the San Diego Diversionary Theater on February 19, 2019. In addition, a youth edition of the play was performed at the Rainbow Youth Summit in Palm Springs on March 2, 2019.