DEAR ANITA BRYANT: THE PLAY
Feb. 15, 2019
Palm Springs Cultural Center Camelot Theater
2300 E Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
A One-Act Readers’ Theater Play
Benefitting the Palm Springs Cultural Center and the L-FUND
Generously sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center
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, Ronni Sanlo came out as a lesbian and lost custody of her two young children. Years later, she 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.
Playwright Robert Komishane: This play is so enthralling, well-crafted and deeply moving.
Broadway actress Carol Swarbrick-Dries: I got chills more than once when reading the script!
Special thanks to
Executive Producer Kelly Watson, the
Palm Springs Cultural Center Board,
and The Women’s Company (TWC)
If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.—Mother Teresa
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.—Louis B Smedes
Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. —Jonathan Lockwood Huie
For information on bringing this play to your theater or organization,
contact Ronni at firstname.lastname@example.org