Winner of three San Diego Critics Circle Awards including OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY!

2018 Gala – Fantasy Island

 We’re Expecting You.

Arrive by plane, boat, car or canoe to a sultry evening of fierce fashion, delicious dishes, luxurious libations, dirty dancing, and exhilarating entertainment.

Celebrate the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country and the resilience of our community. The event features a wild selection of songs queering the classic musical South Pacific.

To RSVP and purchase tickets or tables – CLICK HERE

    A Night in the Tropics

    Friday, April 20, 2018
    7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

    (VIP reception: 6:00 p.m.)

    The Bahia Resort
    998 West Mission Bay Dr., San Diego, CA 92109

    Find your fantasy and celebrate the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country with a sultry evening of dining, ukuleles, auction, and dancing. The festivities will include an assortment of queered songs from the classic South Pacific performed by San Diego’s favorite talent.

    Former Diversionary Trustee and longtime supporter of the Arts in San Diego, Susan Atkins-Weathers is slated to receive the 2018 Fritz Klein Award. And the national best selling historian of the LGBT movement and celebrated author Lillian Faderman will receive the 2018 National Fritz Klein Award.

    Master of Ceremonies:

    Issac Oliver
    (Intimacy Idiot, High Maintenance)

    The hilarious Issac Oliver returns to San Diego after last appearing
    here in December for Issac Oliver’s Lonely Christmas.

    Event Co-Chairs: Paula Herring, Jerry Buckley

    Honorary Committee: Larry Alldredge & Dawn Moore, Christopher Ashley, Larry Baza, David Bennett, Anna Curren, Kay Chandler & Sue Mayberry, Barry Edelstein, Joyce Gattas PhD, Bob Haskell, Dea & Osborn Hurston, Christine Kehoe & Julie Warren, Seth Krosner & Phil Johnson, Fernando Z. Lopez, Kathyln Mead, Bill Purves & Don Schmidt, Sue Reynolds, Councilmember Chris Ward, Ruben Villegas.

    Planning Committee:  David Bardsley, Khalid Bentaleb, Jenny Case, Jodie Graber, Peter Herman,Nalini Koch, Kat Kuttler, Bill McClain, Marc McGrath, Matt Morrow, Allsion Rossett, Luis Salles, David Shorey, Glen Sipes, Steve Soloman, Brian Summerville, Dave Weir, Scott Williford, David Workman

    VIP Host Table: $2,500 (VIP Reception, Prime Seating Location, Table Wine Service, 3 Course Plated Meal, Entertainment, Special Gift – $1,000 tax-deductible

    VIP Ticket: $250 (VIP Reception, Prime Seating Location, Table Wine Service, 3 Course Plated Meal, Entertainment, Special Gift – $100 tax-deductible)

    Regular Table: $1,500 (Table of 10, 3 Course Meal, Entertainment – $500 tax-deductible)

    Single Tickets: $150 (3 Course Meal, Entertainment – $50 tax-deductible)

    Attire: Island Elegance (Festive Cocktail)

    To RSVP and purchase tickets or tables – CLICK HERE

    Please contact David Shorey at 619-220-6830 x104 with any questions or concerns

    Presenting Sponsor:

    USBank RGB


  • Fritz Klein National Award Honoree: Lillian Faderman

    Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship. She is the author of The Gay Revolution, Surpassing the Love of Men, and Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, all New York Times Notable Books. The Guardian named Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers one of the Top 10 Books of Radical History. Her biography of Harvey Milk will be published by Yale University Press in May.

    Fritz Klein Award Honoree: Susan Atkins

    After nearly 30 years in communications, including teaching at the University of Tulsa, Susan founded Atkins + Associates – a media and investor relations consulting firm serving the biotechnology industry – and sold the company to Porter Novelli, a global public relations agency. She was a leader in the biotechnology industry for more than 20 years, as director of communications for Genentech and as a corporate officer and vice president of communications for Ligand Pharmaceuticals and Rorer Group. She was also a member of the executive committee of the San Diego BIOCOM board of directors and active in the international Biotechnology Industry Organization. She was group vice president of Ketchum Public Relations in San Francisco, and was appointed Library Commissioner in San Diego and served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood. She also served as Board Chair for Diversionary Theatre for five years – just after the organization moved into its new and current home. Now retired, Susan is on the Board of Directors of the national Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund where she was Board Chair for two years. She is also on the Board of the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Additionally, she has received several awards for philanthropy including an award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an award from The LGBTQ Center of San Diego where she also received a women in health care award.

    About the Fritz Klein Awards

    The Fritz Klein Awards honor the late Dr. Fritz Klein, longtime Diversionary supporter, Board Trustee and founder of American Institute for Bisexuality, who passed away in 2006. Previous recipients include Tom Reise for his work with California Institute of Contemporary Arts, Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in Obergefell V. Hodges, the landmark case legalizing gay marriage, Rob Granat and Al Mazur  long time supporter of Diversionary and Actor and Director, Shana Wride.

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  • Master of Ceremonies: Isaac Oliver is an award-winning playwright, author, and performer.

    His debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2015. His plays include Electra in a One-Piece, and the ten-minute plays “3, 2, 1,” “Film Forum,” and “Come Here” (New York Innovative Theatre Award, Outstanding Original Short Script). Additionally, he’s written for The New York Times, W Magazine, Time Out New York, Out, and HBO’s “High Maintenance.”

    He is a graduate of Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He lives in New York City.


    The evening features a special concert featuring selections from the acclaimed musical South Pacific, given a unique twist that only Diversionary can provide.

    Ian Harvie Photo by Austin Young 8x10 high res

     Performers: TBA
    Musical Director:TBA


     Presenting Sponsor: USBank RGB

  • 2017-2018 Season Sponsors:

     Al Mazur & Rob Granat

    Presenting Sponsor:
    USBank RGB

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    Silver Sponsor:

    Bob Haskell

    Jerry Buckley

    Coral Sponsor:

    Joe Opp

    Joyce Gattas, Dean
    SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts

    Coconut Sponsor:

    Sponsorships Available

    View Sponsorship Opportunities here: 2018 Fantasy Island Sponsorship Opportunities.

    For more information, please contact:
    David Shorey, Development Associate
    619-220-6830 x104

    Diversionary Theatre is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID # 33-0240436

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