The View UpStairs
Northampton Center for the Arts ▪︎ 33 Hawley Street ▪︎ Northampton ▪︎ MA 01060
When Wes, a young fashion designer from 2023, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. This smash Off- Broadway hit by Town Award-nominated Max Vernon features a gritty, glam rock score and a tight-knit ensemble of unforgettable characters. The View UpStairs asks 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.
The View UpStairs is based on the real-life events and victims of the 1973 arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans. The arson attack resulted in the deaths of 32 people, the deadliest attack on a gay club in U.S. history before the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.
This production contains adult language, sexual content, and violence.
Book, Music and Lyrics by Max Vernon
Director: Eddie Zitka
Music Director: Benjamin Maniscalchi
Lighting Design: Carly DellaPenna
Lighting Operation: Andre Ruiz
Sound Design and Operation: Joshua "Schwa" Hamre
Set Design and Build: Ed Zitka and Eddie Zitka
Assistant Director: David Webber
Stage Manager: Andre Ruiz
Dance Captain: Aileen Merino Terzi
JUSTIN RODZEN (Bass)
CHARLOTTE ROSS (Guitar 1)
LAURA ROSS (Guitar 2)
MITCH TILGHMAN (Drums)
Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Friday, June 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts
33 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060
FACE COVERINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, BUT OPTIONAL
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council and the Mass Cultural Council.