Happy Birthday William Shakespeare
(23 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)
When We Rise will chronicle the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece will tell the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969.
Currently in production for ABC’s 2016-2017 Primetime Season.
Will be an eight-hour miniseries.
Written and executive produced by Academy Award-winning Milk writer Dustin Lance Black.
Also executive produced by the Bruce Cohen (Milk), Laurence Mark, and Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk, among many other films).
Cast includes Rachel Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters, Six Feet Under), Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds, Angels in America), Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential), Austin McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, and Fiona Dourif.
The miniseries is currently being shot in Vancouver and will move production to San Francisco on April 28th.
Kevin is playing Bobbi Campbell, an early United States AIDS activist. In September 1981, Campbell became the 16th person in San Francisco to be diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma. He was the first to come out publicly as a person living with the then unnamed disease. He became known as the “KS Poster Boy” (even appearing with his partner on the cover of Newsweek on August 8, 1983, marking the first time in U.S. history that two gay men appeared embracing on the cover of a national mainstream magazine), and wrote a column for the San Francisco Sentinel from January 1982 describing his experiences.