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UPSTAIRS a New Musical, New Orleans Anniversary Show

A project in Laguna Beach, CA by Wayne Self

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A musical tribute to the 32 LGBT and allied victims of the 1973 arson fire that destroyed the Up Stairs Lounge in New Orleans, LA.
Backers: 178
Average Pledge Per Backer: $60

Funded: $10,700 of $10,000
Dates: Jan 25th -> Feb 17th (23 days)
Project By: Wayne Self
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Latest News


April 4th - via:
Since f you donated to make the New Orleans premiere of Upstairs possible, I feel it's my job to be very open with you about all that's taking place around this project. It's probably hard to keep up with all of the updates, so here's the latest, in... (Read More)

We did it!

February 10th - via:
I'm driving the cast to SF for the workshops and just recently learned that we hit our goal! Thanks to all of you for your generosity and vocal support. More later! The cast is here and they thank you too! Yay!  (Read More)

Final L.A. Dress Rehearsal Preview

February 8th - via:
We opened up our final L.A. rehearsal for friends and potential backers last night and had a wonderful time! We heard some great feedback, positive and helpful, and are excited to show you our first photos of the play!  (Read More)

New Rewards!

February 4th - via:
Now people pledging at the $50 or more level can choose to get an official UPSTAIRS T-shirt, black with red ink, your choice of size.  Or, at the same level, you can choose a digital download of the music from the SF Bay Area workshop... (Read More)

From the Playwright

February 4th - via:
Some of the victims of the Upstairs arson fire that inspired my current play had children. This is one of those obvious things that is somehow forgotten, since, for the last 30 years or so, most gay men haven’t tended to procreate. But, though it... (Read More)

Director's Notes: Logo Design Complete

February 4th - via:
Since this is a low-budget workshop, anyone who can wear more than one hat is doing so. Playwright and composer Wayne is also our producer. His partner Cody is our carpenter. And I’ve been doing multi-duty as director, prop master and costumer, as... (Read More)

Director's Notes: 1/31

February 4th - via:
The music is finalized, the staging is complete, we’re starting to assemble the final set pieces, props and costumes, and last night we had our first (almost) no-stop run through. It’s starting to look like a real piece of theatre, and I am... (Read More)

Thanks! Video posted

January 28th - via:
Thanks to your generosity, we're well on our way to taking Upstairs to New Orleans in time for the 40th Anniversary of the fire! In order to help us along, we've made a video that can be seen on our Kickstarter homepage. Please check it out and share... (Read More)

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