CIVIL SEX: THE LIFE OF BAYARD RUSTIN

Genre: Drama
by Brian Freeman, directed by James Furlong

Bayard Rustin was born in 1912 and died in 1987. He conceived, and was the prime organizer behind, the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August of 1963, at which Martin Luther King delivered his unforgettable I Have a Dream speech. Just a few weeks prior to the March, Rustin was denounced on the floor of the United States Senate by Strom Thurmond, for the charge of "sex perversion" stemming from a lewd vagrancy charge ten years earlier.

Despite such attacks, Rustin remained extraordinarily open about, and comfortable with, his sexual orientation throughout his adult life. The play examines the complicated life of this important figure through a series of kaleidoscopic scenes that range from 1940 through 1987 and mirror the turbulent changes which America itself endured during those years. The play's complex portrait ofRustin is created through the accumulation of many diverging perspectives on Rustin from people who knew him throughout his life -- including lovers, friends and foes.

Open:   07/28/06
Close:   08/05/06

Schedule:
Thursday-Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Theater:   Hudson Guild Theatre
Address:   441 W, 26th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:Pay what you wish ($10.00 suggested donation) or Call: at 212-760-9817