Alumnus Scott Ebersold Directs The View UpStairs at the Lynn Redgrave Theater

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06-Mar-17
 
Scott Ebersold ‘15 directs The View UpStairs by Max Vernon at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project. The show is produced by Jenny Ainsworth ‘14, stage managed by Elizabeth Ann Goodman ‘15, and assistant directed by Peter Petkovšek ‘15. Emily Comisar ‘15 is the general manager and Joe Travers (Columbia Faculty) fight directs.
 
Vernon’s new musical focuses on the historic UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the 1970s. The Lounge was set on fire in 1973, resulting in 32 deaths, one of the worst fires in New Orleans’ history.
 
The View Upstairs is about the queer community and what’s changed over the last 40 years in our march towards equality. What’s better or worse?” said Vernon in an interview. “It’s taken four and a half years of changing the show and rewriting, but the questions [the show asks] are more pressing than ever.”
 
In the musical, a modern day fashion designer buys the old site of the UpStairs Lounge and then travels back in time.
 
“[He] meets all these interesting and unique individuals from the 70s who are at the cusp of gay liberation,” said Ebersold. “Through his journey in time he becomes a more complete person and, interestingly, I think a better artist.”
 
Ebersold’s directing credits include Charles L. Mee's trilogy Imperial Dreams at Classic Stage Company, The Gifts of the Magi at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Children at Play by Jordan Seavey for Collaboration Town, The Calmative, an immersive performance based on the writings of Beckett and Nancy Cunard, and Nerve by Adam Szymkowicz. Ebersold’s work has also been seen at Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, HERE, The Living Theater, INTAR, The Lark and New Dramatists.
 
The View UpStairs is scheduled to run through May 21 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at 45 Bleecker Street. Regular priced tickets begin at $46.50 and are available for purchase here.

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