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Gala 2019: Rock n’ Roll Rebellion Ball

You are invited to
Rock n’ Roll Rebellion Ball
Friday, April 26th, 2019

Rock out in an exhilarating evening celebrating the ferocity and determination of the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country! This high-energy party will include decadent dining and sizzling auction items, featuring and an electrifying performance by The Lizards (Justin Huertas & Kiki deLohr of Diversionary’s acclaimed musical Lizard Boy)!

To RSVP and purchase tickets or tables – CLICK HERE


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Rock n’ Roll
Rebellion Ball

Friday, April 26th, 2019
5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m
VIP Reception 5:30 p.m.

US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway, San Diego, CA

Rock out in an exhilarating evening celebrating the ferocity and determination of the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country! This high-energy party will include decadent dining and sizzling auction items, and feature an electrifying performance by The Lizards (Justin Huertas & Kiki deLohr of Diversionary’s acclaimed musical Lizard Boy)!

Attire: Claim your inner Rock Star!

Event Co-Chairs: Jay Henslee & Beth Kind
Fritz Klein Award Honoree: Dea & Osborn Hurston
Fritz Klein National Award Honoree: Alexandra Billings (Transparent, B’way’s The Nap)
Emcee: Allison Spratt Pearce (The Loneliest Girl in the World)
Honorary Committee Chair: Joann Clark

Please call Nora Zahn at 619-220-6830 x104 or email with any questions.

Presenting Sponsor:




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VIP Table: $2,500
Table of ten, VIP Reception, prime seating location, wine service,
$1,500 tax deductible

Honorary Committee Tickets: $500
Join the event Honorary Committee and enjoy VIP Reception, prime seating location, wine service and special recognition in the Gala Program! 
$300 tax deductible

Tickets: $175
$75 tax deductible 

To RSVP and purchase tickets or tables – CLICK HERE

Or call Nora Zahn at 619-220-6830 x104 or email



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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.


 Presenting Sponsor: USBank RGB


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Allison Spratt Pearce is thrilled to spend an evening with such beautiful and generous souls! She has been seen in San Diego this past year as Katherine Parr in The Last Wife (Cygnet, Craig Noel Nom.), Anne in Persuasion (Lambs) & proudly originated the role of Anita Bryant in The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary). You may see her in Mission Fed, Jerome’s Furniture, and Super Dentist commercials. Broadway & Off Bway credits: Curtains, Good Vibrations, Cry Baby, Enter Laughing, and Cabaret (National Tour). Highlight San Diego roles: Cygnet: Louise in Gypsy -2017 Craig Noel Award Winner, Eliza in My Fair Lady. SDMT: Maria in The Sound of Music, Judy in 9 to 5,  The Old Globe: Phoebe in As You Like It, Viola in Twelfth Night, Jane in Emma; La Jolla Playhouse: originated the roles of Janice in Come From Away, Victoria in Sideways, SDREP: Emily in Disgraced, Suzanna in Black Pearl Sings. Many national/regional commercials and ads.

Entertainment: The Lizards

Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland (she/her) is thrilled to be back with her Diversionary family in gorgeous San Diego! Kiki is an actor, singer, collaborator, and sassy lady. Favorite acting credits include Grease (5th Avenue Theatre), American Idiot (ArtsWest), Spring Awakening (Balagan), Les Miserables (Village Theatre) and Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre – World Premiere; Diversionary Theatre – October 2016) for which she won a Gregory Award for her performance as Siren. In New York, she recently performed at The Duplex, 54 Below, Symphony Space, The Bell House and Joe’s Pub at the Public. Kiki is working alongside best friends Justin Huertas and Sara Porkalob to develop their new musical The Lamplighter.



Justin Huertas is so excited to be back at Diversionary after the San Diego premiere of his original musical Lizard Boy in 2016. He is an award-winning playwright, composer-lyricist, and actor. Acting credits include Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Diversionary Theatre), Everybody (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), Caught (Intiman Theatre), and Welcome to Braggsville (Book-It Repertory Theatre). Justin is currently developing several original musicals, including The Lamplighter (with Sara Porkalob and Kirsten deLohr Helland) and Lydia and the Troll (with Ameenah Kaplan). Next, he world-premieres his latest musical The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion at ArtsWest in Seattle.

 Presenting Sponsor: USBank RGB


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Presenting Sponsor:



Mary L. Stockton, CFP® of Stockton Financial and Insurance Services, Hillcrest Pharmacy, Pemberley Realty, Quadrants Scientific, The San Diego Foundation, Banner Bank, Urban Optiks Optometry, Withers Worldwide, Woods Real Estate Services, Joseph’s Menswear & Custom Tailoring, Nico Insurance Services, Highly Amazing, Buddha Teas


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




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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.


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 RevolutionSurpassing 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.





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Al Mazur (Left), Rob Granat (Right) Photo:


Rob Granat was elected to the Board of Trustees of Diversionary Theatre in January 2015. Rob holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia and two MBA’s from Columbia University-NYC. His work experience has been in the travel industry; first as a marketing analyst for TWA and then Eastern Airlines; then chiefly in the cruise industry – marketing and sales. He retired in 2003 as Vice President of INTRAV; a tour operator offering private jet tours, riverboat cruises in Europe; upscale tours all over the world and four small expedition ships cruising from the Arctic to the Antarctic and all the oceans in between. Since 2003 he does some outside sales for Ft. Worth travel agency Cruises Etc and hosts the consortium to which he and partner Al belong on luxury ships with Regent, Crystal, & Seabourn.

Al Mazur was born in the early 1950’s in a small city in upstate New York. He grew up there with close ties to a very loving family. After High School graduation, he pursued his dream of a career in architecture by attending Syracuse University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture, Al remained in the Syracuse area for another five years, where he acquired the necessary professional experience and took the exams to achieve his first Architect’s license in New York State. Licenses in Texas and California followed in the years ahead. Wanting to further his career, he headed for Houston, Texas, which was the hottest place for young aspiring architects in the late 1970’s. Al spent 25 years in Houston, working on large corporate and institutional projects for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and the Leo A Daly Company. His variety of projects included large office buildings across the U.S., the new National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma, the new office for the FBI in Houston and several projects in California. In addition, Houston is where he met his husband Rob 25 years ago. He and Rob’s work in California brought them to San Diego individually and together on several occasions and that’s when they fell in love with this wonderful city. In 2004, they both decided to retire and live the good life in San Diego. Life has never been better for them. Being an architect, Al took on the work of restoring and improving their home in Marston Hills. Small projects continue and as Rob says “He just can’t leave it alone”. Being an avid gardener, Al became a certified Master Gardener and volunteers through many of the organization’s volunteer opportunities. Working in their own garden is some of the most rewarding time for Al. He’s a member of Mission Hills United Church of Christ and participates in many of the church’s good works. Couple all of this with Rob’s travel bug and you have a life that’s full of the best.


Shana Wride has performed at Diversionary in 2.5 Minute Ride, Baby with the Bathwater, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Next Fall and A Late Snow. Other acting credits include- Faded Glory and Broken Glass (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Intrepid Theatre); Private Lives (Cygnet Theatre); Women Who Steal, A Christmas Carol, Suds, Working, Six Women with Brain Death (San Diego Repertory Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth NightMerry Wives of Windsor  (Shakespeare Festival Los Angeles); Indoor/Outdoor (The Colony Theatre); Macbeth, Fen, Wooden Breeks, Measure for Measure (Open Fist Theatre); Heidi Chronicles and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Gaslamp Theatre); Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Love’s Labor’s Lost (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); New, Shadowy Waters, No Time Like The Present (Sledgehammer Theatre). Directing credits include: The Whale, Mistakes Were Made (Cygnet Theatre), Walter Cronkite is Dead (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Boys & Girls and Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins (Diversionary Theatre), Or (Moxie Theatre) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Compass Theatre). She co-hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, “Women Aloud” with actor/comedienne Mo Gaffney.



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TomReiseWebsizeOriginally from Chicago, Tom moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and then to San Diego in 1995. With an extensive background in Food and Beverage Management, early in 2004 he and partner Fritz Klein opened a sugar-free bakery and café called Indulgence which catered to people with diabetes and those interested in healthy cuisine.

On December 13, 2008, Lambda Archives’ first Lifetime Family Membership Award was given to Tom and posthumously to Fritz in appreciation of their contributions to Lambda Archives as well as the community.

A co-trustee of Fritz’s estate, Tom has served on the board of both Fritz’s charitable foundations, American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) and currently is the President of the Board of Directors for California Institute of Contemporary Arts (CICA). He was honored to be on the Board of Stepping Stone San Diego and to serve a term as Chairman.

Mr. Reise is also the Vice-Chairman of the Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota. The first Chair in Sexual Health in the world was a result of the Council’s early efforts.  And last May, the Joycelyn Elder’s Chair in Sexual Health Education was inaugurated after more than 7 years of planning and fundraising by the members of that Leadership Council.

Tom’s involvement with Greyhound rescue has resulted in the adoption or fostering of 6 Greyhounds and 3 Italian Greyhounds over the past two decades.

A.C. Carter has been his life companion for the last 5+ years and they currently live in central San Diego.


Jim Cropped for WebJim Obergefell was the named plaintiff in the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled same-sex couples nationwide have the Constitutional right to marry. In 2013, Jim married his partner of 20 years, John, who was dying of ALS. Their marriage – performed in Maryland – wasn’t recognized in their home state of Ohio, setting off a legal fight to have their lawful marriage recognized on John’s impending death certificate. Their case, consolidated with five other cases from four states, eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, which declared marriage equality the law of the land. Jim considers himself an accidental activist, one who became involved in an issue due to extenuating circumstances, and he is now committed to continuing the fight for civil rights and equality for all Americans. Jim speaks about his experience and the fight for equality as a speaker with APA Agency, and he is actively involved with the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Ohio, and other organizations. Jim has been honored with awards from organizations such as SAGE, Equality Florida, Equality North Carolina, the ACLU of Southern California, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, The International Court Council, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and the Ohio Democratic Party. Foreign Policy magazine named Jim one of its 2015 Global Thinkers, and Out magazine named Jim to its 2015 Out 100 list. Jim was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, earned a degree in Secondary Education and German from the University of Cincinnati, and currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.




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