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Ep. 48. LGBTQ Theater in the U.S. From ‘The Drag’ to ‘The Inheritance’ with Timothy E. Locklear

Why is representation on stage so important? If you’ve followed this podcast, you know that is a question I frequently ask. And perhaps nobody has given me a more insightful, personal answer to that question than North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre’s Managing Artistic Director Timothy E. Locklear. Tim and I sat down to talk about the history of LGBTQ theater in this country from Mae West’s play THE DRAG to this season’s THE INHERITANCE. Hear what he has to say about that, the importance of honoring the past, and his personal account of why representation onstage is so important.

About the Guest

Timothy E. Locklear has been the Managing Artistic Director of North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT) since 2014. As NRACT’s Managing Artistic Director, he has directed THE TALE OF THE ALLERGISTS’ WIFE, DOGFIGHT, SPRING AWAKENING, NEXT TO NORMAL, and the world premiere of GAY CARD. He also directed the acclaimed Raleigh Little Theatre production of MOTHERS AND SONS. Originally from McColl, South Carolina, Tim currently resides in Wake Forest. For more information visit


List of 25 Essential LGBTQ Plays List of 20 Essential LGBTQ Musicals

Upcoming Productions

February 2020 – Kinky Boots – NC Theatre

June 2020 – Fun Home – Theatre Raleigh

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