By Adam Hetrick
01 Jul 2013
|Photo by Monica Simoes|
Tony Award nominee Hunter Bell, writer and star of [title of show], Now. Here. This. Member of Broadway Impact.
My writing partner Jeff Bowen and I were waiting to board a plane to go to Lincoln, NE, for the International Thespian Society's Summer High School Theatre Conference where we were to teach and see a high school production of [title of show] when we got word regarding the DOMA/Prop 8 decisions. We had an incredible flood of emotions. It seemed fitting to be going to a theatre conference dedicated to young people and knowing how their future just got better. I am so proud to now have equality I wasn't sure I'd see in my lifetime.
The decision also gave me reason to celebrate my connection with the incredible work of Broadway Impact. Working with Jenny Kanelos, Gavin Creel, and Rory O'Malley inspired me to make my voice heard and fight for my equal rights. That association eventually led to me performing in Dustin Lance Black's incredible play 8 in Philadelphia, and then helping produce the show at my alma mater Webster University in St. Louis, MO. Art making impact. Yes, there is more work to be done, but I'm so happy and proud of this moment, not just for my LGBTQ community, but also for us all in America. Continued...