"When We Rise" looks like the LGBTQ drama we need to fight back in 2017
Written by Oscar-winning screenwriter and activist Dustin Lance Black, When We Rise follows various moments in the LGBTQ rights movement across seven episodes, focusing on the true stories of those people who made a difference to the lives of millions of people.
The show, which is set to air on ABC in February, is partly based on the biography of the same name by real life gay rights activist and contemporary of Harvey Milk, Cleve Jones, and features a plethora of huge names, such as The Hurt Locker’s Guy Pearce, Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths, The Wire’s Michael K. Williams, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Now a new trailer for the drama has premiered, and it looks so powerful.
Set to Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” the trailer showcases some of the different and difficult struggles that many people have experienced throughout the decades, including the historic Stonewall Riots. It looks so important, powerful, and seriously emotional.
Speaking during the Television Critics Association press tour, the show’s creator and writer, Dustin Lance Black, told how he grew up in a conservative home and hoped that the show could bridge the gap between those who might not necessarily agree with the show’s subject matter.
Continuing, Black said that he also felt that the mini-series’ themes were topical to today’s socio-political climate.
Mary-Louise Parker, who stars in the mini-series, also recently spoke about why she became involved with the show and why its LGBTQ them was so important to her.
“This show is resonant to me on so many levels because not only did, you know, both my college roommates died from AIDS — people dropped dead left to right,” she said. “It wiped out an entire population of an audience in New York City. As Fran Lebowitz said once so beautifully, ‘Where went the audience for the opera and the ballet and the theater?’ There’s so many things that have been lost that, for me, this story really resonates on that level.”
Dustin Lance Black has said that he hopes the series unites people from different walks of life, and we hope that, in some way, this happens. These are important stories to tell, and we’re glad that ABC has given him, and the rest of the cast and crew, the opportunity to tell them.
When We Rise begins on ABC on February 27th.