Presented in partnership with One Iowa, Capital City Pride and the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation.
Fellow Travelers parallels the “Red Scare” of the 1950s with its depiction of the little-known “Lavender Scare,” a US government employment purge that resulted in thousands of firings and resignations of men and women believed to be members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Tim Laughlin, devout Catholic, anti-commuist crusader and recent college graduate, comes to Washington in 1953, only to fall in love with Hawkins Fuller, an official at the State Department. As Tim struggles with his faith, his political beliefs, and his new-found passion, Hawkins takes an increasingly cavalier attitude towards their relationship, which ends in betrayal and heartbreak.
Opera News called Fellow Travelers “...an absorbing, gripping, throroughly attractive piece with considerable contemporary relevance and complex, three-dimensional characters." The budding attraction between Tim and Hawkins has "all the infectious warmth, humor, and sweetness of the early scenes in La Bohéme,” said the New York Times. “With its smart music and sharp-edged romantic drama, Fellow Travelers seems assured of lasting appeal.”