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First Comes Love

By Stephanie M. Hipple

Written by Stephanie M Hipple

Out of tragedy, beauty can sometimes follow. A tender memory piece that reflects on the 2016 shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQIA people in US History.
The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up
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First Comes Love 08/03 8:30 PM Theatre in the Round
First Comes Love 08/04 5:30 PM Theatre in the Round
First Comes Love 08/07 10:00 PM Theatre in the Round
First Comes Love 08/10 5:30 PM Theatre in the Round
First Comes Love 08/11 ASL 7:00 PM Theatre in the Round
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The playwright visited Lake Eola following the shooting at the Pulse nightclub.  The community had spontaneously set up candles around the perimeter of the lake as a memorial site for those killed and injured. Miraculously, the popular trumpeter swans of Lake Eola, who normally retire at sundown, created an unforgettable scene with each swan floating in front of a candle, head bowed, in what seemed to be an extraordinary tribute to those lost souls and a comfort to those suffering the loss and grief.  The hope is that people who see this play will extend kindness to the LGBTQIA community, all communities and each other.         


In the early hours

of that June Morning

the stars relinquish

their teardrops

to the Swans of Lake Eola

who tenderly carry

the memories

of the beloveds

wandering in that ethereal,

illusive dimension of genius






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