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Senator Potter/General Arlie/Bartender in Fellow Travelers

  • Capitol Theater 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

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Written by Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce

Washington, D.C., 1950s. As the “Lavender Scare” envelops the U.S. government, Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and ardent supporter of Joseph McCarthy, meets Hawkins Fuller, a State Department official. The two men embark on a relationship, tangled in a web of fear and necessary deceit. Their friends and colleagues fill out a story of individuals grappling with their beliefs and emotions, against a deeply political background.

Based on Thomas Mallon’s novel, this acclaimed 2016 opera was praised as “a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama” by the New York Times and tells of the very human consequences of prejudice and fear, with compassion, nuance, and incredible beauty.