Fri Jun 21–Sun Jun 23, 2024

Fellow Travelers

Opera Parallèle

The West Coast premiere of the opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon’s novel Fellow Travelers, a tender love story and political thriller set in the corridors of power during the McCarthy era. 

Recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism, and a chance encounter with handsome State Department official Hawkins Fuller leads to Tim’s first job—and his first love affair with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love for Fuller. The piece uses the love affair of Laughlin and Fuller to shed light on the ‘Lavender Scare’, an often-overlooked period of McCarthyism that resulted in the mass firings of suspected homosexuals from the United States government. With Senator McCarthy’s investigations into ‘sexual subversives’, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions, his love for God, and his love for Fuller – an entanglement that ends in a stunning act of betrayal.

Adapted by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce, Opera Parallèle and the Presidio Theatre are proud to bring this contemporary classic to the West Coast, a beautiful opera with the message that love will always flourish under persecution.

Learn more at the Opera Parallèle website.



Pre-show talk with Fellow Travelers author Thomas Mallon and Librettist Greg Pierce
June 21, 6:30pm



A Premium Fellow Traveler’s Experience

Transportation, Tour, and Lavender Toast to the Presidio Theatre

For less than the cost of an Uber, make your transportation to and from the beautiful Presidio Theatre a seamless and delightful experience through a storytelling-enriched route via a luxury private bus. Led by Shawn Sprocket of Unspeakable Vice, the transport-tour will embark from (and return post-performance to) the GLBT Historical Society Museum in the Castro, taking you back in time through the Queer history of San Francisco. Arrive with ease at the Presidio Theatre for your performance, just in time for a sparkling Lavender Toast with your “fellow travelers”.

Round-trip tickets cost $35 and are available during checkout as an add-on event.

Learn more about the bus tour here.


Questions about the production?

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This event is ticketed by the Presidio Theatre Box Office.
Ticket prices are subject to change. The Presidio Theatre allows returns up to 48 hours in advance of a performance, as long as it is within 30 days of the purchase. Processing fees cannot be refunded. For more information, please see the theatre’s Return Policy.
If you need assistance with ticketing please contact us at or 415-960-3949.


Fri, Jun 21
Sat, Jun 22
Sun, Jun 23

Run Time

135 minutes including intermission



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