Tuesday, September 8, 2009
SDSU Theatre Presents 'Dear Harvey'
The play is a collection of stories of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California.
"Dear Harvey" runs Sept. 24 - Oct. 2.
The School of Theatre, Television and Film presents Dear Harvey as its first production of the 2009-2010 school year. Dear Harvey is a collection of the stories of Harvey Milk, the people he knew and the lives he changed.
Dear Harvey runs in the Experimental Theatre at 8 p.m., Sept. 24 - 26, 30 and Oct. 1 - 2, at 2 p.m. on Sept. 27. Tickets are $13 to $15 and can be purchased online at theatre.sdsu.edu or at the Performing Arts Box Office, open 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday - Thursday, or by calling (619) 594-6884.
About the play
Written by SDSU alumnae Patricia Loughrey, Dear Harvey is an intimate look at the people who were influenced by Harvey Milk. Loughrey was commissioned by San Diego's Diversionary Theatre to research and write the play based on numerous interviews she held with many people who were close to Milk. These individuals include former San Diego City council member Toni Atkins and California State Sen. Christine Kehoe, as well as many others.
Additionally, Loughrey pursued historical materials, such as excerpts from the Bay Area Reporter, including Milk's weekly column, the "Milk Forum." Besides Loughrey, SDSU alum Thomas Hodges wrote original music to underscore the production.
About Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in California. Milk was elected to the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in January 1978. Eleven months after his election he was assassinated in San Francisco's City Hall.
Milk's life story has been remembered in plays, musicals, operas, books and most recently the film "Milk." His story is not just a story of the first elected gay official, but a story of urban life, civil rights, American and California history, and a man whose vision and courage helped to change all of our lives.