This is Harvey Milk speaking on Friday November the 18. This is only to be played in the event of my death by assassination. During one of my early campaigns I began to open speeches with a line that became kind of a signature. “My Name is Harvey Milk and I want to recruit you.” If I was speaking to a slighly hostile audience, or a mostly straight one, I might break the tension with a joke. “I know, I’m not what you expected, but I left my high heels at home.” I fully realize that what I stand for, an activist, a gay activist, makes himself a target for someone who is insecure, terrified, afraid and disturbed themselves. Its a very real possibility you see, because in San Fransisco, we have broken the dam of a major prejudice in this country.
TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2000, Broadway’s Belasco Theater welcomes the transfer of James Joyce’s The Dead from Off Broadway. The show boasts a book by Richard Nelson (who won a Tony for it), music by Shaun Davey, and lyrics adapted by Shaun Davey and Richard Nelson. Featured in the cast are Christopher Walken, Blair Brown, Emily Skinner, Alice Ripley and Stephen Spinella.
“If you want to be a theater actor, where do you live now? Young actors struggle on a Broadway salary. A lot of them live in shoe boxes; some of them are literally three to a shoebox. New York has gotten prohibitively expensive.”