The family of Everett Klippert have shared a box of his remaining personal papers with the Calgary Gay History Project. We are ever so thankful and are in the process of digitizing them for posterity. Klippert’s documents were also used by playwright Natalie Meisner in developing her play Legislating Love, which had a very successful run at Sage Theatre last month.
Here are some treasures we have captured:
Everett Klippert (circled) worked at Union Milk Co. Ltd. from 1943-1952.
Note: Movies were discouraged on weekdays on this 1940s report card.
One of Everett’s notes from inside the Prince Albert Penitentiary. On August 26th, 1969 homosexuality was no longer a criminal offence in Canada (some conditions applied).
This Crescent Heights Baptist Church document is 90 years old this September.
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Well, gentle Calgary Gay History Project readers, the play we have been greatly anticipating opens tonight. There have been many interesting and thoughtful preview pieces about the play, and its author, Natalie Meisner.
Louis Hobson at the Calgary Herald writes: One man’s truth at heart of Legislating Love.
The Herald also published in last weekend’s Swerve: 5 facts about Sage Theatre’s Legislating Love.
The CBC had Natalie on The Homestretch, and also wrote an article about the play.
Breakfast Television, featured Natalie and Director Jason Mehmel, this morning.
And of course, last week, actors Matt McKinney and Mark Bellamy were featured on Global Television.
Playwright Natalie Meisner reporting “serious butterflies” for the world premiere of Legislating Love.
Tickets can be found at Sage Theatre’s online box office: here. The play runs March 22-31.
Just one week to go until the world premiere of Legislating Love, Natalie Meisner’s play about the life and trials of Everett Klippert, produced by Sage Theatre. We are so excited!
The plot: Everett Klippert was the last person to be tried, convicted, and jailed for homosexuality in Canada. Maxine, a young historian, discovers Everett’s case. She becomes consumed with finding out who he really was, past the headlines. This is the story of the struggle to define Klippert, beyond what history wants and needs him to be.
Check out this recent interview with cast members of Legislating Love on Global:
The play runs from March 22-31 and tickets can be purchased online: here.