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Middle School Students Create Play in Honor of Harvey Milk

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Last week, a group of CDS Middle School students performed Dear Harvey, an original play that is an autobiographical account of self-discovery, identity, friendship, and love.

Every word, set piece, and costume in the production was created entirely by our recently-formed Drama Club, a team of 20 students between fifth and eighth grades who met after school every week to craft the play. Set in 2014 (one year before gay marriage was legalized in the United States), the story follows an eighth-grade boy named Ethan and a group of characters from his own subconscious who help guide him in a year where he is learning about himself, his friends at school, and his relationships at home.

In recognition of its themes, the performance took place on Harvey Milk Day, and all profits were donated to the SF LGBT Center. "The inherent brilliance of the young people who created this work was loudly and proudly on display," said Middle School Drama teacher Jackie Katz, who helped supervise the production. "Their bravery, creativity, and hard work are unimaginable."