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Nick Westrate (center) plays the corrupting Congressman's son, Ethan Roberts.
I had an occasion to take in an extraordinary piece of theater last night. The play was the Classic Stage Company's Unnatural Acts in the East Village of New York City. If you have an occasion to get there before it closes on July 24th, I highly recommend you make the effort to find the time.
The play revolves around a bit of real life history recently unearthed from Harvard University, concerning its "Secret Court of 1920." The Harvard student paper The Crimson dug up the story from trial transcripts it found in 2002, and there was initially something of a row with the school about making the files public. They were eventually published. The Crimson performed remarkable feat of investigative journalism to bring the story to light, Harvard redacted names, and they connected the dots with other public records.
What happened was, it seems in the 1920s, Harvard's administration had itself a little gay witch hunt. And find gay witches they did, they expelled 10 students for "homosexualism."