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ANITA BRYANT'S PLAYBOY INTERVIEW–

anita_bryant_playboy_interview__4_photo_credit_paul_steinby Valerie Milano and Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
Silver Lake, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/26/16 – ANITA BRYANT’S PLAYBOY INTERVIEW opened for the press at the Cavern Club Celebrity Theater on Friday, September 16th, 2016 for only six performances continuing through October 11th.  Back in Silverlake by popular demand after a Hollywood Fringe Festival run, ABPI chronicles singer Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign to repeal gay rights in Dade County, Florida in 1977.
Bryant had a major impact on the gay rights movement less than ten years after the Stonewall Riots.  Her anti-gay actions helped to propel Harvey Milk onto the San Francisco City Council.

anita1In 1978 former beauty queen Anita Bryant sat for an 8-day interview with Ken Kelley of PLAYBOY Magazine.  This no holds barred interview is recreated on stage in ANITA BRYANT’S PLAYBOY INTERVIEW along with additional material.
ABPI was written by John Copeland, who also acts the part of Anita Bryant.  Copeland has said in conversation with BROADWAY WORLD that the play is a bit of a cautionary tale to remind the gay community that while they have made tremendous progress, it can all go away quickly.  He has compared Bryant’s rhetoric to that of current conservative political figures such as Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.
Copeland wants audiences to remember that there was once a time when the LGBT community had a place at the table, and that all this was taken away by the efforts of one person: Anita Bryant.  “And some ugliness never goes away.”
Performances of ABPI take place on Fridays at 9 p.m., Saturdays at 9 p.m., and Tuesdays at 8 p.m.  All tickets are $20 pre-sale online and $25 cash at the door.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591134
The Cavern Club Celebrity Theater is located at Casita del Campo Restaurant at 1920 Hyperion Avenue in Silverlake.  Call (213) 308-1108 for reservations.
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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.