Bold. Brave. Brilliant.
Music by Gregory Spears, Libretto by Greg Pierce

Fellow Travelers

When it wasn’t safe to love.

During the McCarthy-era Lavender Scare, communists weren’t the only government targets. Hostility directed toward abolishing “homosexual tendencies” in the government created a world of fear and shame. In Fellow Travelers, a chance encounter between an ambitious college graduate, Timothy Laughlin, and a handsome US State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, results in Laughlin’s first job— and his first love affair. Drawn into a maelstrom of passion and deceit, he struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his “forbidden” love for Fuller. The powerfully compelling production is an ode to the importance of being one’s self and the bravery it takes to stand up to oppression. This moving tale is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon. 

Estimated running time: 2 hours, 25 minutes with 1 intermission.
Production made possible, in part, through generous support from the Flinn Foundation, Michael and Beth Kasser, Robert S. and Shoshana B. Tancer, Dennis and Jane Fennessey, the Fred Delgado Real Estate Group, and an anonymous donor.
Original Concept by Kevin Newbury for the Cincinnati Opera
Photo: Philip Groshong, Cincinnati Opera

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