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The Gay Heritage Project

The Gay Heritage Project

By Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn, and Andrew Kushnir
Subjects: History, 2SLGBT / Queer Theatre, Ontario Playwrights
Casting: 3 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770917989, 204 pages, September 2018
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770917996, 204 pages, September 2018


This isn’t your ordinary history project. In what has become an important piece of contemporary queer theatre, three of Canada’s most gifted performers—Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn, and Andrew Kushnir—go on a search way past Google in order to find the history of gay people.

The trio start their quest by looking back at their own lineages and move along to the library, the Yellow Brick Road, Ukraine, a game show, and a court. They discover handfuls of forgotten heroes and stories, but also visit some well-known names, compiling everything into one extraordinary history lesson that shines new light on contemporary gay culture.

Equal parts personal curiosity, answers to the past, and information for the future, The Gay Heritage Project is a hilarious, thought-provoking meta tale that inspires, comforts, challenges, and empowers.


The Gay Heritage Project highlights many stories that need to be told.”

- Erika Thorkelson, Vancouver Sun

The Gay Heritage Project is funny, smart, and moving. Pretty much everything you could want in a show.”

- Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“I loved the feeling of being in the middle of a very interesting question being wrestled with in real time. Which, ultimately, is everything I think theatre should strive to be.”

- S. Bear Bergman, Mooney on Theatre

"Never have I seen a performance piece essentially about information presented in such a gripping, entertaining and highly theatrical way. Much of this is due to the three immensely talented performers involved."

- Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

“If only all learning was this much fun.”

- The Globe and Mail

“These talented actor/singers inspire and amuse, amaze with the connections they make and make us want to hear more of their tales.”

- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine