In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and World Pride

Come Back Once More
So I Can Say Goodbye

Passion, Struggle, Loss and Freedom: Gay Life in New York City 1965-1995

 

June 14-17th, 2019, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater

June 8th, 2015, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater

 

Conceived, Choreographed and Directed by
Sasha Spielvogel


 

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

Ultimately, this show is about HOPE and LOVE triumphing over HATE.

Through the passage of time, we have seen challenges to our human decency that surface repeatedly. When a class of people is treated as ‘other’ and caused the pain and loneliness of hiding their true selves, it is easier to turn a blind eye than it is to acknowledge our common humanity.

Growing up with a father who was a Holocaust survivor and who barely escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna, I learned from an early age to take notice of the dark places in the human soul. I saw it firsthand when, as a young dancer in New York, friends and colleagues were dying of AIDS; the general population, the government and the medical establishment turned away. And once more, compassion for those who most need it is lacking in the corridors of power.

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we acknowledge the journey that brought us to this day. Great progress has been made, but the struggle is not over.

For older folks, this show is a chance to remember their friends who fought for Gay Rights and some who were lost to the plague. For younger generations, it is an important reminder that being able to live authentically as an LGBTQ person is a very recent thing, not a guaranteed right, and is only possible because of the hard-won battles of those who came before us. Cherishing the flames lit by them will light the way to our future’s progress.

I hope this show can be some small part of that vision.

– Sasha Spielvogel

Sasha Spielvogel with Dick Leitch, president and founder of the Mattachine Society, New York
and mastermind of the Julius sip-in on April 21st, 1966. photo by Eve Cuyen

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The program from the 2019 production in pdf.

 

"Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye is extraordinarily wonderful and inspiring!"
- Larry Fuller, Broadway choreographer (Evita, Sweeney Todd, On The Twentieth Century)

Contributors

Vicki Ax • Jim Ball and Anita Diamant • Gil and Elinor Bashe • Sue Bernhard • Freddie Brooks • J. Dolan Byrnes • Stanley Dorn • Bill and Chris Erenberg • Larry Fuller • Jake Goodman • Katharine Buffaloe Harris • Ruby Kornfeld and Joe Rinaldi • Lucinda Kurtz and Oran Hesterman • Thomas McRoberts • Peter Modern • Zoë Morsette • The Rubell Family • Cantor Shayna Postman • Webb Segur  • Joel Sender • Deborah Tanzer-Cohen • Virginia Thompson • Leena Toivonen • Holly Villaire • Adina Villiere • Iris and Leonard Waxman • Lance Westergard • The MOO Fund and the Kellogg Foundation

Labyrinth Dance Theater is a 501c-3 nonprofit.
All donations are tax-deductible.

Special Thanks to Our Charity Partners;
Ali Forney Center
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
GMHC
Live Out Loud

and our Lead Sponsor

 

Photos by Rachel Herman-Gabrielli unless otherwise noted.

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Sasha Spielvogel, Artistic Director
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In 2015 Labyrinth Dance Theater, in association with Dancers Over 40 and Friends, presented the original production of Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye at the Ailey Citicorp Theater as a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the NYC Anti-Violence Project.

VIDEO

3:42 minute Short Promo

Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye promo 2 from Sasha Spielvogel on Vimeo.

8:03 minute Promo

Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye extended promo 2 from Sasha Spielvogel on Vimeo.

PHOTO GALLERY

"Come Back Once More is a MASTERPIECE.
The Stonewall scene with the dancers rolling in front of the blazing screen - Electrifying!"
Larry Raiken
8 Broadway shows, 5 seasons New York City Opera

"I have worked with all the seminal choreographers and Sasha is right up there.
Her artistry shines through in this magnificent show which I am honored to have been a part of.
  Everyone should see it."
George Marcy
Bernardo in the original Broadway production of West Side Story

"Come Back Once More truly a joint effort to preserve the History, Legacy and Lives of all of us
who were affected over the past decades by injustice and intolerance."
  John Sefakis
Dancers Over 40, Co-Producer