On Saturday, The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present it gets better, which uses the universal foundation of music to educate and enlighten people about the struggles of LGBTQ youth, on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 pm. This will be the Kravis Center’s final PEAK series performance of the season.
The it gets better project began in 2010 after writer Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, created a YouTube video in which worldwide supporters assured LGBTQ youth who felt bullied that “it gets better.” The grassroots campaign has evolved into a week-long residency in which local students work with it gets betterrepresentatives, including members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, on anti-bullying, self-image, tolerance and acceptance.
The cast of it gets better travels to communities nationwide and produces a week of educational workshops culminating in a moving musical theater performance. Through laughter and tears, the stage show brings to life real-life stories from lesbian, gay, transgender, genderqueer and straight allies from across America and infuses them with dynamic musical numbers.
June 16 at 7:30 pm (Saturday)
it gets better
In addition to its ongoing live performance by the it gets better cast of professional artists, the dynamic musical includes recorded student material — poems, songs, skits and more — from the collaborative events at Compass Community Center. The performance combines live actors and dynamic, multimedia presentations into one ultimate expression of hope and action. In addition, there will be a “talk-back session” immediately following the performance.
(Note: Guests will receive a ticket voucher for one complimentary beverage. Underage guests will be offered a non-alcoholic selection.)
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis