License MGH the Play

In March 2020, New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development produced Making Gay History: Before Stonewall, a documentary theater play adapted from the Making Gay History book and podcast by playwright and professor Joe Salvatore. The play had a sold-out eight-performance run at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village. Read about the production here.

Making Gay History: Before Stonewall bears witness to the rich history of activism, organizing, and resistance that preceded the 1969 Stonewall uprising and weaves together the voices of twenty pioneers who blazed a trail for LGBTQ equality—from Harry Hay to Sylvia Rivera, from Ernestine Eckstein to Shirley Willer.

The play is available for licensing, so if you’re interested in bringing Making Gay History: Before Stonewall to your school, community group, or theater, please reach out to us at

Production crew of the MGH play

The original Making Gay History: Before Stonewall cast poses with MGH founder and host Eric Marcus (back row, third from left) and Joe Salvatore, the play’s creator and director (back row, fourth from left) during rehearsal. Credit: Photo courtesy of Eric Marcus.