San Diego’s Breakthrough Workshop Theatre, founded in 2013, has presented an annual presentation of Dear Harvey, a tribute play to Harvey Milk, ever since it was the first ever BWT project. With the 2020 reading cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, the tradition continues with a new documentary film experience that has been created by BWT’s Founding Artistic Director Ira Bauer-Spector – alongside the writers of Dear Harvey, Patricia Loughrey & Thomas Hodges. The film can viewed online for free from the safety of home.

The Stories of DEAR HARVEY is a documentary-style video that interweaves stories from the play Dear Harvey, with stories from the creators and the artists who have been changed through their work on the play for over a decade. Inspired by and expanding on the play’s original mission to spread Harvey Milk’s message of love and hope, this project also reflects on the legacy of Dan Kirsch, who originally commissioned and produced the play at Diversionary Theatre in 2009; and is told through the unique perspective of Breakthrough Workshop Theatre, a San Diego-based educational nonprofit which has presented an annual reading of Dear Harvey since BWT was founded in 2013.

Presented exclusively with three free, live digital screenings, each will feature a different live follow-up experience, and each will serve as a benefit for a different cause: BWT, San Diego Pride and the Dan Kirsch Theater Arts Grant.

Featuring Breakthrough Artists Andréa Agosto, Cindy Alfonso, Shane Allen, Ira Bauer-Spector, Nathan Bauer- Spector, Sean Boyd, Terri Bratcher, Jett Brazeau, Catherine Caldwell, Pierre Cozic, Jazley Genovese, Stephanie Hester, Thomas Hodges, Priscilla Ju, Lesley Kolb, Patty Loughrey, Heidi Maretz, Tess Maretz, Kathryn Martindale, Richard Morrison, Meagan Pitcher, Mike Spector, Juztine Tuazon-Martin and Shaun Tuazon-Martin

There will only be 3 LIVE VIRTUAL VIEWINGS of the documentary:

Friday, June 26, 2020 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET
• Breakthrough Workshop Theatre’s YouTube & Facebook – @breakthroughworkshop
• Followed immediately by an Instagram Live concert by Thomas Hodges

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET
• San Diego Pride’s YouTube & Facebook – @sdpride
• Followed immediately by a Live Q&A with the Creators

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET
• Breakthrough Workshop Theatre’s YouTube & Facebook – @breakthroughworkshop
• Followed immediately by an virtual remembrance of Dan Kirsch by artists who knew and loved him



FREE, but each viewing is being presented as a benefit for a different cause:
• June 26: Breakthrough Workshop Theatre –
• July 1: San Diego Pride –
• July 12: Dan Kirsch Theater Arts Grant [Foundation for the Carolinas] –

For more information, visit BWT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization