N.Y. Scene November 2011: Emery Awards & After Party, DJ Tracy Young’s Birthday Bash & Gay Marriage Plays

Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays – Minetta Lane Theater – November 13, 2011

On November 13, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays celebrated its opening night Off Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theater with special celebrity guests, including Kelly Ripa and Jerry Seinfeld. The nine 10-minute plays were read by a six member cast: Craig Bierko, Richard Thomas, Polly Draper, Beth Leavel, Harriet Harris and Mark Consuelos in a format reminiscent of The Vagina Monologues. Since the set was bare bones and the cast read the script from music stands, all attention could be focused on the message of the plays, which celebrated same sex marriage from different viewpoints.

Paul Rudnick‘s contributions are especially humorous. In “The Gay Agenda,” he lampoons opponents of same sex marriage, and in “My Husband,” an overly competitive mother becomes sick of being upstaged by her friends, who have all publicly bragged about the opulent wedding ceremonies of their gay and lesbian children, so she places a fake wedding announcement in the paper for her gay son.

The entire cast participated in Doug Wright‘s “On Facebook,” which was inspired by an actual debate that took place on Facebook after Maine’s same sex marriage law was repealed.  

Kelly Ripa / Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinsky

Jerry Seinfeld / Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinsky

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinsky

While its Off Broadway run has ended, the play, which originally debuted in California, is one that could be easily produced with different casts in theaters and universities all over the country. With its spartan production and poignant and heartwarming message, let’s hope the producers bring this play to a wider audience.

All photos by Grace Chu unless otherwise noted

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