Skylight Theatre Company and Playwrights’ Arena will present the World Premiere of “LAVENDER MEN” created by award-winning writer and performer Roger Q. Mason. This genre-pushing play courageously re-imagines one of America’s most beloved historical icons, President Abraham Lincoln, through a queer person of color’s storytelling lens. Previews begin on July 30, 2022 with the official opening taking place on August 6, 2022. 

The much-anticipated production, directed by Lovell Holder, hits the Skylight stage for the first time on August 6, 2022. Developed as part of Skylight’s SkyLab, a playwrights-in-residence program, the play received a reading on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre in 2019 and garnered a feature on the prestigious Kilroys List in 2020. The play’s lead character inspired a short film, “Taffeta,” directed by Holder which won awards for “Best of Fest” at BFI Flare Film Festival, Jury Prize for Best Queer Short at SCAD Savannah Film Festival, and Best Short Film, Best Queer Film, and Best Director at the Lonely Wolf Film Festival.

“LAVENDER MEN” is a historical fantasia which follows Taffeta, a self-proclaimed “fabulous queer creation of color,” who invades Abe Lincoln’s private world to confront issues of visibility, race and LGBTQ+ inclusion that still challenge us today. Producers include: Gary Grossman, Jon Lawrence Rivera; Associate Producers: Tyree Marshall, Michael Kearns

Tickets go on sale June 28 and start at $20: – Reservations are encouraged; Online streaming will be available for at-home-viewers beginning August 20; ASL Performance: Sunday, August 28, 2022; 

Show Schedule: Previews start; Opening – Sunday September 4, 2022; Times: Saturdays 8:30pm, Sundays 3pm, Monday 7:30pm; 

Tickets go on sale June 28, 2022:; Be aware there will be NO performance on August 8, 2022; Street parking or local pay lots. No late seating. Everyone must present proof of FULL VACCINATION against COVID-19 along with a government-issued photo ID in order to attend. Face masks are required to be worn indoors at all times. Previews begin July 30 with limited tickets offered at Pay-What-You-Can with code ACCESS). 

Where: Skylight Theatre at 1816 ½ North Vermont, LA, 90027; Online streaming available August 20 at 8:30pm;
When: Opening – Saturday, August 6, 2022 – September 4, 2022; Previews start July 30, 2022; See above for times;
Phone: 213-761-7061