The Lavender Scare, as I learned yesterday, refers to a government policy of firing homosexuals who worked in the State Department. It coincided with the rise of McCarthyism and resulted in over 5000 gays and lesbians losing their jobs. Fellow Travelers tells the fictional story of two victims of this very real historical injustice. Young reporter Timothy Laughlin (the wonderfully empathetic Andres Acosta) has a meet-cute in the park with the older, more experienced, Don Draper-esque (or perhaps more appropriately, Sal) State Department employee Hawkins Fuller (the charismatic Hadleigh Adams). Hawk is a bit of a playboy, and his secretary Mary (the lovely Adriana Zabala) tries to warn Tim. But there's a real love between these two men, a love that the era and McCarthy's witch hunt will not let exist. And that's the tragedy of the past. The tragedy of the present and what makes this piece so relevant, is that the State Department apologized for the Lavender Scare in January of 2017. And then on January 20, the apology was rescinded.
|a meet-cute in the park (photo by Dan Norman)|
|interrogation (photo by Dan Norman)|
|1950s Christmas party (photo by Dan Norman)|
Fellow Travelers is musically and thematically gorgeous, beautifully acted, sung, directed, staged, and designed, with an important and relevant theme. One that can be summarized by Andrew Garfield's recent Tony speech (for best actor in a play that also references Ray Cohn, as this piece does): "let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked." After all, we're all fellow travelers on this planet, and we all deserve to have love. And cake.
Fellow Travelers continues through this weekend only. Click here for info and tickets.
|Tim and Hawk (Andres Acosta and Hadleigh Adams)|
(photo by Dan Norman)
*I'm currently re-watching Mad Men, the highest form of the art we call television. I apologize for all of the Mad Men references that will no doubt appear in many blog posts this summer.