Yesterday, theaters across the country brought the issue of marriage equality to the stage with a special one-night-only performance of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, a collection of nine one-acts by Neil LaBute, Paul Rudnick, Moises Kaufman and other playwrights.
Vignettes performed as part of the show included Joe Keenan’s “This Marriage Is Saved,” in which an evangelist decides his tryst with a hustler has actually strengthened his relationship with his wife, Kaufmann’s “London Mosquitoes,” where a widower tries to make sense of the loss of his partner, and Doug Wright’s “On Facebook,” which was adapted from an actual Facebook thread following a long debate on gay marriage.
Dozens of playhouses took part in the theatrical event, including Paper Lantern Theatre in Greensboro, NC, Brown University in Rhode Island, and the American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL. In Los Angeles., it was staged at the L.A. Gay Center‘s Renberg Theatre, with a cast that included Jean Smart, Peter Paige and Mo Gaffney.
While yesterday’s nationwide performance was a one-off, the play continues at New York‘s Minetta Lane Theatre with Craig Bierko, Harriet Harris, Richard Thomas, Polly Draper and Mark Consuelos. Opening night is November 13 and the play is scheduled to run through February 26.
Check out what the talents involved have to say below.