Stormé: A musical piece on Storme DeLaverie

A musical piece by Carolyn Brown in the spotlight Storme De Laundromat– the gender-biased lesbian should be known for kicking off the ‘Punch Heard Around the World’.

Please join us in our Party of this avant-garde icon!

Times and dates:

October 15 at 7:00 p.m.

October 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Location:

Wow Cafe Theater: 59-61 E 4th St #4, New York, NY 10003

The description:

A play with music based on a true story and real events, STORMÉ chronicles the life and times of Stormé DeLarverie, a Big Band singer (aka Stormy Dale) in the 1940s and a male impersonator at the infamous Jewel Box Revue of Harlem in the 1950s and 1960s. Most significantly, she is an unsung sheroe of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. Stormé’s 1969 scuffle with the police during a raid at the Stonewall Inn was everything also instrumental in sparking the modern-day gay rights movement. Stonewall historical accounts practice a tradition of whitewashing and gender whitewashing by erasing major minorities when discussing the gay rights movement.

Stormé’s history has been erased. And that’s by design. So many queer stories, so many trans stories, so many gender expansive stories about black and indigenous people are being destroyed. Whether it’s a fact, a legacy or a myth, we need stories about fighting back against all systemic oppression.

Cast of characters included

Billy Strayhorn, the openly gay composer of the Duke Ellington Orchestra; Elaine Romagnoli, founder of The Cubby Hole and several lesbian bars; Billy Daye, a black impersonator from the Jewel Box Revue, America’s first interracial drag show; and Diana Jones, Stormy’s companion of some 25 years. The show features musical performances accompanied by piano.

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Happy LGBTQIA+ History Month,

The cast of Stormé

William N. Fernandez