As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, GLOW Lyric Theatre’s Love is Love is Love is just around the corner! And with the start of rehearsals, we will be introducing you to our phenomenal cast of LGBTQ and ally performers.
The first cast member featured in Love is Love is Love is the wonderful Cindy Mixon, a longtime Upstate vocalist and actor who has been seen in shows at Centre Stage Theatre, Mill Town Playhouse and many more Upstate theaters. We had the chance to sit down with Cindy to talk about her upcoming performance, her first experience with GLOW, and of course, her own connection to the LGBT community.
Q: So this is your first production with Glow correct?
A: Yes, this is my first time working with Glow. I have been involved with the local theatre community for the past 20 years and I’m very excited to be a part of this GLOW production!
Q: Well we’re glad to have you! Could you tell us a bit about your role in Love is Love is Love, and also what drew you to this project?
A: I am a vocalist in Love is Love is Love, and what drew me to this project was the love and concern I have for my family and friends. I want to take a stand, share my thoughts and experiences publicly, and GLOW is giving me this opportunity. I think now more than ever it’s important to take a stand for what you believe in- especially when they’re human dignity and love!
Q: Could you share a bit about your connection to the LGBTQ community and why it’s important to have works like Love is Love in the Upstate?
A: I am the single mom of a bi-racial, gay son, so I know what it means to say “the struggle is real”. I’ve seen and felt the hurt and discrimination leveled against him and others for no other reason except the color of their skin or who they love.
I understand their fears and concerns- the need for “safe places” to gather, as well as understand some of the sheer horrors out there, for example, a co-worker of my son was one of the victims of the PULSE night club shooting. So it’s especially important to have works like Love is Love is Love to reach out to the community and show that we are stronger when we stand together in love!
Q) Not to take a semi drastic turn in questions, but in the spirit of the season, here’s a fun one. What would be your dream Valentine’s Day date or a Valentines candy you CANNOT go without?
A) Dream Valentine’s Day date? February 14th…oh, you mean a date date, well, I haven’t had one in a very long time and I think I quit dreaming about them too- haha. But the Valentines candy I cannot go without is chocolate, of course!
You won’t want to miss Cindy’s performance in Love is Love is Love on February 14th at 7pm at the Warehouse Theatre. You can purchase tickets on the GLOW Website, for $25. Tickets include a pre show reception featuring delicious desserts and drinks provided by Upstate Pride SC.