Save Me a Place At Forest Lawn

A play by Lorres Yerby 

Starring Trish Ralph and Theresa Rubeo

Original cast of the 1980 Rising Productions performances

A benefit performance for the Susan A. Cowell Scholarship Fund


Preparations for the long awaited Sue Cowell fundraiser are in process.  Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn will be performed on June 25, 2022 at the Third Presbyterian Church. Sue Cowell’s production company, Rising Productions, performed this play in Rochester in 1980.

Originally scheduled for an April 2020 performance, it was on hold until this time when we could finally stage a live production with community members in attendance.  Since the re-opening of spaces for indoor events, we are delighted to have this opportunity for the community to gather.  
We are taking this opportunity to energize support for LGBTQ students in pursuit of higher education who will play an important part in the future of our community.  This is the mission of the Susan A. Cowell Scholarship Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

LGBTQ Susan A. Cowell Scholarship Fund

The Susan A. Cowell Scholarship was created in 2015 by members of the Rochester LGBTQ community in recognition of and gratitude for Sue Cowell’s 38 years of political, economic, and social activism in support of the Rochester LGBTQ community. Sue’s unparalleled contributions and achievements during the AIDS crisis — in politics, business, and the arts, and as a social activist and medical provider — made a lasting difference in the lives of so many. Past and present, Sue stands as a passionate, caring woman who embraces change and continues to create a more just, equitable, and welcoming community for all locally, statewide, and nationally. It is hoped that this scholarship will foster leadership skills in those who will stand on the “shoulders of a giant” like Sue Cowell. 


The Susan A. Cowell Scholarship is for students who identify as LGBTQ and are pursuing post-secondary education in fields aligned with public health, non profit administration, or social justic activism, including social activism through the arts.


Third Presbyterian Church

Traditional worship, Progressive Outlook, and a Heart for Justice in a Complex World.

4 Meigs St,
Rochester, NY 14607

All COVID restrictions / policies in place for the Third Presbyterian Church Guests will be required for this performance. Guests are required to remain masked throughout the event.  Socially-distanced seating is available to the left of the main aisle; self-seating is available to the right of the main aisle. 

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All Ticket Revenue will be donated to the Sue Cowell Scholarship Fund. 

Our Sponsors

Shoulders to Stand On

The Shoulders to Stand On Program, founded by Evelyn Bailey, is committed to documenting, preserving, and archiving the history of the LGBTQ+ Community in the Rochester region and its impact on New York state and the nation in advancing the cause for justice and equal rights.  The STSO Program gives credibility to our community and culture.  

Third Presbyterian Church More Light Group

The More Light statement was adopted by the Church in 1987 and is committed to its principles of full welcome to and advocacy with LGBTQIA+ people.