A Community of LGBTQ+ Artists in Los Angeles Since 1982

Celebrating New Works presents...


A Staged Reading

Written by Cassandra Rose (she/her)
Directed by L. Elleseg (they/them)
Produced by Nate Mathis (he/him)


Mario Burrell* (he/him) as Oliver "Billy" Sipple
Ethan Crenshaw (he/him) as Harvey Milk
Brooke Seguin* (she/her) as Ensemble 1
Camila Camaleón (she/her/ella) as Ensemble 2
June Carryl* (she/her) as Ensemble 3
Tom Trudgeon (he/him) as Ensemble 4
John Colella* (he/him) as Ensemble 5
Blaire Battle (they/she) as Ensemble 6

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Celebration Theatre, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Marine and war veteran Oliver Sipple, or "Billy" to his friends, stopped an assassin from killing President Gerald Ford in San Francisco on September 22nd, 1975. Two days later, Harvey Milk outed him as gay to the entire world. Years later, a diverse group of visitors at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco are compelled to share Billy's story as a reminder of what being outed has cost us...both then and now.

Running Time: 90 Minutes, No Intermission

Content Warning:

This is a play about cruelties and twists of fate that really happened. As a result, this play portrays active shooter situations, queer people being disowned by their families, a person suffering from untreated schizophrenia, a person trying to self-medicate with decades-long alcoholism, veterans suffering from PTSD, and a person with suicidal ideation.

Celebrating New Works (CNW) is Celebration's long-running new play reading series designed to shine a light on new and emerging voices within the LGBTQ+ community and the stories about/for them.

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$20 General Admission
Open Seating. First come, first served. 


The Davidson/Valentini Theatre at the Los Angeles LGBT Center
1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, 90038

Masks are encouraged but not required.

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