The creative team of the new musical, Peter & I, invited Swish to a sold-out performance on Friday, October 14, 2011 at the American Theater of Actors in New York City. Featuring brilliant musical composition and direction from Matt Vinson and Amanda Morton (former musical directors of Swish’s Songs in the Key of Equality fundraising cabaret), and a gorgeously appointed cast, we were left moved, inspired and excited.
Based on true events, Peter & I is a musical brimming with questions of faith, loss, salvation, love and immortality. It explores the mysteries surrounding the life and death of Michael Llewelyn Davies, one of the boys who inspired J.M. Barrie to create the character of Peter Pan in his classic tale, Peter and Wendy. Michael's journey is woven together with snapshots from his life, including time with his mother and J.M. Barrie, as well as his lover at Oxford University, Rupert Buxton, and the fictional characters of Peter and Wendy.
At the invitation of producer Lee Ann Guille, Swish led the cast, creative team, and audience in a talk back after the show about the role artists play in fostering social change, and announced the impending launch of Swish's Arts Ambassadors Council to give artists an organized, collective voice in the LGBT rights movement. We were energized and delighted with the responses – it is clear that many artists not only recognize their responsibility as ambassadors for cultural and social change, but are actively looking for an initiative to assist them. The Arts Ambassadors Council is poised to do just that. Stay tuned!