Less than 10 years after the Stonewall Riots, Anita Bryant launched a successful campaign to repeal gay rights in Dade County, Florida.
Bryant’s notorious campaign gave legitimacy to a new style of right-wing politics and helped launch the Moral Majority and similar right-wing movements that continue to the present day.
Bryant’s rumblings had a major impact on the gay rights movement, propelling Harvey Milk onto the San Francisco City Council and reviving enthusiasm and anger at a time when it was much needed.
In 1978, Anita Bryant sat down for an outrageous and memorable 8-day interview with Ken Kelley of Playboy Magazine.
The interview forms the foundation for a theatrical revue, viewed with or without aid of the Casita’s immortal margaritas, at the Cavern Club at Casita del Campo in Silver Lake.
John Copeland & Robert Whirry’s script, directed by Paul Stein, stars John Copeland as Anita Bryant. The woman who concocted her own lethal cocktail of orange juice and homophobia, branding it an all-American beverage, should be thrilled to learn she is being played by a man.
Anita Bryant’s Playboy Interview | Casita del Campo restaurant, Silver Lake | Sept 16, 17, 20, more dates in October