Skip to main content

Join us on Wednesday, February 21st 7:00-8:30 PM (EST) for stories from “The Story of Us” oral history and the performance piece it inspired. Hooper Shultz (BA 2014, Ph.D. candidate) who led the oral history project, will talk with director and dramaturg Joseph Megel and Elisabeth Lewis Corley as well as some of the alumni storytellers and talented actors who portrayed them in the performance last spring.  

The evening will feature true stories of UNC alumni from the 1950s through today, and the actor interpretations they inspired. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to celebrate our shared history and the vibrant tapestry of LGBTQ+ experience at Carolina!! 

Archival photos of Carolina alumni overlayed on an image of the Old Well with rainbow colors

Featuring dialogue with:

Cecil Wooten (MA 1968, PHD 1972), Professor Emeritus of Classics at Carolina and faculty advisor to the Carolina Gay Association in the 1970’s

Patrick Johnson (BA 1989, MA 1991), Dean of the School of Communication and Annenberg University Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South – An Oral History

Sara Isaacson (BA 2013), ROTC Cadet who was dismissed from the military and billed for her scholarship after coming out in 2009

Aradella Wood (BA 2024), current Carolina student who is creating a performance piece based on oral histories of transgender people at Carolina and in the Triangle.

Max Von Essen (BA 1996),  renowned Broadway actor who is currently starring in Chicago on Broadway and starred in Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Les Misérables, and An American in Paris (nominated for a Tony).

Vivienne Benesch,  Producing Artistic Director at Playmakers Repertory Company