Thursday, July 19th, 7pm

A Staged Reading: Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July

Set in the late 1970s, Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July is a funny and poignant story about a crazy Midwestern family trying to reconstruct itself upon the return home of a family member wounded in Vietnam. Ken is now living in his childhood home with his boyfriend, and during Independence Day weekend, the joys, fears and irony of striving to secure the “good life has to offer” are on full display. As part of the 2012 Tacoma Pride Festival, this performance explores the importance of finding and embracing one's place in the world.

Free post show discussions will follow each reading. On Thursday night, the subject will be "After Don't Ask Don't Tell: Creating a More Inclusive Military"; on Friday night, the subject will be "Before Stonewall: LGBTQ Elders Remember Tacoma."

The 2012 Tacoma Pride Festival includes Out in the Park, special events, a film series, book discussions, and worship services. Full details are available at

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