ON THE ROOF

It’s 1955—post WWII, amid McCarthyism, years before Stonewall. In this dangerous and difficult era, Mitzi operates a cabaret and gay bar where Cruz, a playboy bartender; Levi, an aspiring Broadway composer; Bob, a WWII vet; Mac, a guy who just wants camaraderie with his Coke; and Andy, a newcomer with a law degree struggle to find solidarity and courage—maybe even love. (Note: As ON THE ROOF takes place in a...
It’s 1955—post WWII, amid McCarthyism, years before Stonewall. In this dangerous and difficult era, Mitzi operates a cabaret and gay bar where Cruz, a playboy bartender; Levi, an aspiring Broadway composer; Bob, a WWII vet; Mac, a guy who just wants camaraderie with his Coke; and Andy, a newcomer with a law degree struggle to find solidarity and courage—maybe even love. (Note: As ON THE ROOF takes place in a cabaret, it is a play with two and a half diagetic songs,but not a musical.)
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ON THE ROOF

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  • David Hilder:
    3 Jan. 2016
    This piece of gay American history can never be studied enough, and it's to Hoke's credit that the characters and their struggles feel honest and true. A well wrought study of a harrowing time.
  • Louise Wigglesworth:
    29 Oct. 2015
    ON THE ROOF stuns me. It’s an eye opening story about the history of LGBT people in an earlier time in this, our America, (home of the brave, land of the free,) told by characters I can care deeply about. It’s an important story that needs to get out there everywhere so that these youngsters coming up know what others have already come through to get here, and that they can hope for ever better
  • Michael Yawney:
    30 Aug. 2015
    This is a gay history play for everyone. With its recognizable, relatable characters this is a play brings home issues to audiences that might not think there is anything for them in a "gay play." And gay audiences will be moved to see our history presented with such insight.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Queens Theatre
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    2018
  • Reading
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    Celebration Theatre
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    2016
  • Reading
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    Buffalo United Artists
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    2015