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 TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. Valerie was a veteran 17-year member, and one of the "chief organizers” of the prestigious and long running, TCA: Television Critics Association’s press tour. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers of the association. TCA press tours are “a must” for hundreds of TV critics twice a year, in Beverly Hills and in Pasadena.