The Legacy Project
in collaboration with
Compass Community Center
Premiering October 30
Palm Beach Dramaworks, in collaboration with Compass Community Center, is proud to announce the launch of The Legacy Project, a compelling and powerful intergenerational digital storytelling initiative. LGBTQ elders share their personal histories with participants in the Compass Youth Program, who preserve their reminiscences on video using multimedia. The Legacy Project will be unveiled at PBD on October 30 at 7pm, free to the public; reservations are suggested. They can be made by visiting the Box Office or calling (561) 514-4042, ext. 2.

“We’re so excited to be teaming with Compass on this invaluable project,” said Gary Cadwallader, director of education and community engagement. “Theatre is storytelling, so our partnership is a natural. We believe it’s very important that the journey of older LGBTQ – their challenges, their fights for equality, their struggles, and their triumphs – should not be forgotten. We’ve got young LGBTQ interviewing older LGBTQ, and it’s fascinating that most of these teenagers were unaware of what their elders went through. On the one hand that’s great, because it’s indicative of the progress that’s been made over these past few decades. But it’s also distressing, because it’s vital for each generation to understand the journeys that have gotten us to where we are at this moment in time. And this project is doing just that.”

After each one-on-one interview is completed, the young videographers will create individual digital stories enhanced by photographs, music, and voiceover. They will introduce their videos at the event on October 30. 
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Compass, located in Lake Worth, is the largest LGBTQ community center in the Southeast United States and one of the largest and most respected of its kind in the nation. Its mission is to diminish stereotypes by challenging long-standing misconceptions about the character of the LGBTQ community by acting as an educator, advocate, health service provider, and focal point for community organizing. Its youth program (for ages 12-18) has provided a safe space for more than 25 years, enabling participants to engage in social support, community service, arts and cultural activities, and leadership opportunities.

Some of the funding for The Legacy Project was provided by patrons of OutStage@pbd, a program featuring special performances and events that engage and inspire the LGBTQ community. There are OutStage events on the second Friday of the run of each of our mainstage productions which include receptions before and after the show. The post-performance gathering includes a get-together with the cast. 
The OutStage dates for the 2018-2019 season are: 
Indecent by Paula Vogel
House on Fire (World Premiere) by Lyle Kessler
The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq and Fred Alley 
Fences by August Wilson
The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare
October 26, 2018
December 14, 2018
February 8, 2019
April 5, 2019
May 24, 2019
In addition, Charles Busch, whose concert at PBD last season was an OutStage event, returns on Tuesday, December 11 to do a live interview with music to kick off this season’s Dramalogue series. Programs are at 2pm and 7pm.

For more information about The Legacy Project event, contact Gary Cadwallader at (561) 514-4042, ext. 123 or email

For more information about OutStage and Dramalogue, call our Box Office 561-514-4042 x2 or visit

Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street.