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Issue dated February 20, 2015

Love and marriage

Program of short plays returns to Cleveland Public Theater

Returning from the 2012-2013 season at Cleveland Public Theater, Brain Shnipper’s Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays tears up the stage from March 6 to 21.

Directed by Craig J. George, Standing on Ceremony is comprised of eight one-act plays by some of the most notable playwrights in the country, including Doug Wright, Paul Rudnick, José Rivera, Wendy MacLeod, Neil LaBute, Moisés Kaufman, Jordan Harrison and Mo Gaffney.

Rudnick, of course, is probably best known for his play Jeffrey, which was turned into a film, as well as his screenplays for Addams’ Family Values and the remake of The Stepford Wives. Kaufman, meanwhile, did Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project with his Tectonic Theater Project.

LaBute has directed a number of films, as well as writing over 20 plays. MacLeod wrote, among others, The House of Yes, turned into a 1997 film starring Parker Posey.

Rivera has written an impressive collection of plays, along with the screenplay to The Bicycle Diaries, and Wright won a Pulitzer Prize for the play I Am My Own Wife, and Harrison has a baker’s dozen of plays under his belt, along with writing for Orange Is the New Black.

Mo Gaffney, meanwhile, had a recurring role on Absolutely Fabulous, the talk shows Women Aloud and The Mo Show along with her work with Kathy Najimy.

Gaffney contributed “Traditional Wedding,” in which a lesbian couple reminisce about their nuptials.

Harrison’s offering is “The Revision,” covering two men rewriting their vows to illustrate the lack of options gay couples have.

Rivera’s “Pablo and Andrew at the Altar of Words” also focuses on marriage vows, and how they can be used to express what normally goes unsaid.

Wendy MacLeod’s “This Flight Tonight” ponders the oddness of marriage equality coming to Iowa, of all places, before the vast majority of the country.

“London Mosquitoes” by Kaufman looks at the ultimate and inescapable result of marriage, a widower pondering the loss of his husband.

Wright took a real Facebook thread in which a group of friends argue over same-sex marriage for his piece, “On Facebook,” while LaBute’s “Strange Fruit” shows how reality can interfere with the best laid plans.

Rudnick contributes two short plays, “My Husband” and “The Gay Agenda.” In the first, a Jewish mother is desperate to marry off her eligible son, the only problem is the lack of available men in his life. In the latter, an Ohio housewife who opposes same-sex marriage can’t understand why her gay neighbors’ voices have taken up residence in her head.

Tickets for Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays are $12 on Thursdays and Mondays, and there are $3 discounts available for students and seniors on Fridays and Saturdays. Performances are at 7:30 pm at the Gordon Square Theater, 6415 Detroit Avenue. For tickets or more information, go to www.cptonline.org or call 216-631‑2727 ext. 501.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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