More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
'Standing on Ceremony' takes marriage equality to the stage
Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays is a series of eight plays written by eight writers that explores a unique look at marriage before, during and after the “I Do.” Written by a bevy of A-list writers including two Pulitzer Prize recipients, four Obie recipients, one Emmy recipient and three Tony nominees, Standing On Ceremony celebrates the importance of marriage equality and stars a handful of talented actors. The plays are described as vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships and the often hilarious power of love. Proceeds from the show are donated to Freedom to Marry and other organizations promoting marriage equality.
Writers of the eight short plays that make up Standing on Ceremony include Mo, Jordan Harrison, Joe Keenan, Wendy MacLeod, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award recipient for Best Play Doug Wright, Neil LaBute, Obie Award recipient Paul Rudnick, Obie, Tony and Drama Desk nominee Moisés Kaufman and two-time Obie Award recipient José Rivera.
To learn more about the writers and their works, click here.
Like the acclaimed writers, the star-studded cast is made up of talented award recipients and nominees including Tony and Drama Desk nominee Craig Bierko, Emmy nominee Mark Consuelos, Emmy nominee Polly Draper, Tony and Drama Desk Award recipient Harriet Harris, Tony and Drama Desk Award recipient Beth Leavel and Emmy Award recipient Richard Thomas. Visit here to learn more about the cast of Standing On Ceremony.
Organically, each play has a life of its own, but celebrates and explores in some way the importance of marriage equality. Through a range of emotion, Standing On Ceremony moves its audience to tears, laughter, intrigue and contemplation surrounding the issues of marriage. It can be described as giving humanity to a rather taxing issue.
A number of noted critics have given the show rave reviews:
“POIGNANT AND FUNNY! Funny, moving and as varied as the playwrights."—Associated Press
“LAUGHTER AND TEARS. This moving and funny program puts a human face on a hot-button issue—from the satire of Rudnick to the bittersweet of Kaufman to the detailed and humorous portraiture of MacLeod and Gaffney."—Backstage
Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays is directed by Brian Shnipper and is showing at Minetta Lane Theatre on East 6th Avenue between 3rd Street and Bleecker. GLAAD is happy to note that proceeds from the show will benefit Freedom to Marry and other organizations that support marriage equality.
For more information on the plays and how you can get tickets to see this rich celebration of marriage equality, visit http://standingonceremony.net/
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage