Their song “We Are Young” has been all over the radio, in a Chevy Sonic commercial, and covered on Glee. The band fun. has exploded from indie to pop culture success lately and would like to use their success to help out the LGBT community. The Washington Post is reporting fun. is hoping on establishing a not-for-profit marriage equality organization. All three members are straight but are passionate advocates of the LGBT community.
This bio-play focuses on Joseph Alsop (John Lithgow), a journalist who in the 1950s had reached an astonishing level of influence in Washington, D.C. He was a staunch anti-Communist who nonetheless had no use for Commie-hunter Joseph McCarthy, a registered Republican who championed JFK, and a war hawk on the issue of Vietnam. He was also a closeted gay man. The results of a particular encounter with a young Russian man in 1957 reverberate throughout the later years of his life, and that is the story of The Columnist.