The View Upstairs
  • 06/21/2019 - 07/07/2019
  • Kalita Humphreys Theater

The View Upstairs

By Max Vernon
Directed by Cheryl Denson

The View Upstairs opens in present day when Wes, a young fashion designer buys an abandoned space in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He’s magically transported to its glory days: the UpStairs Lounge in 1973. Serving as a home, a church, and a gay dive-bar, the UpStairs Lounge was its own kind of paradise. As Wes meets the larger than life lounge regulars, he learns what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future. On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter, killing 32 people, making it the worst attack on the LGBTQ+ community until the 2016 massacre at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The View Upstairs takes the audience on an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration, celebrating the lives of those forgotten, while featuring a soulful, rock and jazz score.