“General Hospitale”

In November of 1981, the drama department was in the final rehearsals for a stage production of the hit TV show, “Mash”. I was cast as Father Mulcahy, a fairly boring part for this painfully skinny 6’ 2” kid who was experiencing yet another growth spurt. We were supposed to have our first run-thru off book that day, but something much bigger was happening on TV that afternoon. Costumer Nadine Totino had a little black and white TV set up in the wardrobe closet in the balcony of the rehearsal hall and a crowd was gathering to watch Luke and Laura’s Wedding on famously popular daytime soap opera, “General Hospital”. That was the highest watched episode in daytime TV history ever at 30 million viewers! As a drama geek, I rarely felt any disloyalty to my craft. I was always on time for rehearsals and tried to be prepared, but that day, something odd happened. The actors had agreed to blow off rehearsal en masse just to see the historical event of Luke & Laura’s wedding! The faculty director, Mr Keever, looked at us all dumbfounded, and, eventually, conceded to skip that day’s rehearsal. Kristen and Stacy brought sodas and snacks and the whole room cheered when they said “I Do”. I wondered to myself, will I ever get married? Even then, I think I already knew I was presumably doomed to a life of spinsterhood. Little did I know what awaited the LGBT community 35 years in the future…