Harvard's Gay Witch Hunt of 1920 Exposed in Veritas

Peter Davis

Obviously I'm thrilled that U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8 in California, but the battle for gay rights rages on until gays can marry in all 50 states and, eventuall,y every country on the planet. Adding fuel to the fire for gay rights is a brilliant play, Veritas, written by Stan Richardson, and focused on the real life gay witch hunt that went down at Harvard in the spring of 1920 after a gay student committed suicide and a hidden homosexual world was uncovered on campus. The boy's devastated parents wrote two letters to Harvard's president Lawrence Lowell who then assembled a five-man committee who called themselves "The Secret Court" and went on a gay-hunt which led to another suicide and the expulsion of 14 students from Harvard. The sinister "'Secret Court"wasn't exposed until 2002 when a researcher for The Harvard Crimson happened to discover the "Secret Court Files, 1920" -- a 500-page cryptic dossier of the systematic and cruel persecution of gay students at Harvard. Heavy stuff. Directed by Ryan Davis, Veritas is being produced in the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival with performances starting on August 20th. Power gays like Alan Cumming, Brian Ellner and Billy Porter are already fans, so buy your tickets now.

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