Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays
Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust
New Century Theatre
Now playing through June 16, 2012
Student/educator rush tickets will be available for all performances, beginning one hour before showtime at the New Century Theatre Box Office. Rush tickets are $15 each, cash only, limit 2 per valid school ID.
"Political, heartfelt, funny, smart….The plays are by turns thought-provoking, politically astute and bitingly hilarious. Frank Theatre Artistic Director Wendy Knox offers sharp direction to her ensemble of six actors, playing 26 characters. …a poignant expression of affection and faith. It culminates a deeply felt examination of the issue…This is one of the smartest, most satisfying evenings of theater I've experienced in quite some time."
Star Tribune – Randy Beard READ REVIEW
Hennepin Theatre Trust presents the new theatrical event Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, running May 31–June 16, 2012 at the New Century Theatre. Showcasing funny, heartfelt “mini works” that celebrate the courage to be in a relationship–any relationship, Standing On Ceremony’s smart and witty vignettes were penned by playwrights whose credits include two Pulitzer Prizes, four Obies, one Emmy and three Tony nominations. Wendy Knox of Frank Theatre will direct a stellar cast of six Twin Cities actors including Laura Adams, Shawn Hamilton, Aimee K. Bryant, Jim Lichtscheidl, Mark Rhein, and Shanan Custer. With this production, the Trust is working in cooperation with Minnesotans United for All Families, the official statewide campaign working to defeat the constitutional amendment that would exclude gays and lesbians from marriage in Minnesota.
As part of Standing On Ceremony each actor performs multiple roles in short pieces by an “A List” cadre of writers including the Minnesota-based Edgar Award winning playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, Heideman Award winner Jordan Harrison, Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman, Mo Gaffney, Tony Award nominee Neil LaBute, Sundance Jury Prize winner Wendy MacLeod, Obie Award winner José Rivera, Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Paul Rudnick and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright.
These artists came together to respond to one of the defining issues of our day, the on-going battle for marriage equality. In Minnesota, forces as diverse as the artistic community, the Minnesota Rabbinical Association and the Episcopal Church of Minnesota are aligning to defeat the upcoming November ballet amendment that would change the state constitution.
The Plays of Standing on Ceremony are:
Standing On Ceremony returns to the New Century Theatre after its November 7, 2011, one-night-only Minnesota debut. It was performed simultaneously that evening at more than 40 theatres across the country and in Sydney and Toronto, including the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City which hosted the Off-Broadway premiere, to encourage discussion about marriage equality. Standing on Ceremony, conceived by Brian Shnipper and directed by Stuart Ross, began as a series of benefit events in Los Angeles and took on a life of its own under the auspices of the Tectonic Theater Project with producers Joan Stein and Richard Frankel. Tectonic’s Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director and Greg Reiner, Executive Director, have been involved in other groundbreaking plays including The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife, and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde which have helped spark national discourse about far reaching issues. For more information visit www.standingonceremony.net.
Hennepin Theatre Trust is pleased to be working again with director Wendy Knox of Frank Theatre for Standing on Ceremony. Frank is a professional theatre company recently recognized by City Pages for Best Musical, Best Director and Best Actor. Frank is committed to producing unique work which stretches the skills of the artists involved while simultaneously challenging everyday perceptions through the exploration of social, political and cultural issues.