Cast Members
The Activist
(Order of Appearance)
Paul E. Kandarian as Older Gene (1983)
Eric R. Paradis as Younger Gene (1964)
Peter J. Arteaga as Ed
Wil Berthaud, Jr as Jimmy
Mark P. Fuller as Stan
Tyler Rowe as Andy
Jeanne M. Costa as Denise
Production Crew
The Activist
Lighting Design ... Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr.
Sound Design ... William C. Smith
Makeup/Hair Styles ... Suzanne Bergeron
Lighting/Sound Technician ... Stephanie Couto, Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr., William C. Smith
Set Construction ... Mark P. Fuller, Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr., Robin Richard
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The Activist

by Henry Meyersen; Directed by Robin Richard
  • Oct 11-13, 2012, 8:00 PM;
  • Oct 14, 2012, 2:30 PM

Back in the tumultuous '60's Gene was front and center as an activist and organizer in the Black Voter Registration drive in Alabama. Now it is 1982 and Gene has assumed a quieter life. But Gene's quiet life is powerfully disrupted by Ed, an old '60's colleague, who brings his friend Jimmy to meet Gene. Their purpose is to get Gene back in the game, this time to become active and a leader in the Gay Rights Movement. To do so, however, Gene would finally have to openly, publicly, come out of the "closet," something he has avoided his entire life.

Now confronted with the potential threat to his hidden life, Gene's guilt regarding his relationship with Andy, his lover killed in Alabama, begins to bubble to the surface. Gene begins to question if he had "come out" might he have used his considerable influence to push not only Black rights, but Gay rights as well, and might this have saved Andy's life.

The play follows Gene's journey as he struggles to understand his true place and identity in the changing political landscape of the early '80's.

Older Gene (1983)
Younger Gene (1964)