Glam-rock, gospel and modern pop collide at NCTC in May with the smash Off-Broadway hit musical The View UpStairs by Max Vernon. When impulsive entrepreneur Wes buys a dilapidated building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he's phantasmically transported to its glory days: the UpStairs Lounge in 1973. Serving as a home, a church, and a gay dive-bar, the UpStairs was its own kind of paradise. As Wes meets the larger than life lounge regulars, he learns what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.
New Conservatory founder/artistic director Ed Decker helms this Off-Broadway gospel/pop musical from 2013 in its regional premiere. The UpStairs was an actual gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans where an anti-gay arson attack killed 32 people in 1973. Playwright Max Vernon imagines a present-day young fashion designer who magically finds himself transported there at that historical moment.