Laura Benanti, Cynthia Nixon and More to Appear at Freedom to Marry's 10th Anniversary Celebration, 4/28
Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on April 28 in New York City.
The organization is the largest funder of marriage campaigns in the United States, investing tens of millions of dollars to win the freedom to marry in 17 states and Washington, DC, help grow public support to record levels (59% of Americans), overturn federal marriage discrimination, and lay the groundwork for a nationwide victory before the U.S. Supreme Court. Freedom to Marry paved the pathway for both President Obama and the Democratic Party Platform to support marriage for same-sex couples, and has been hailed as one of the most successful social change campaigns in the past several decades. The celebration also commemorates 10 years of marriage for gay couples in the United States beginning in Massachusetts in 2004.
The event, called "Cheers to Ten Years", celebrates Freedom to Marry, which was founded in 2003 by Evan Wolfson, who was named by Time magazine one of the "100 most influential people in the world" and dubbed the "godfather of gay marriage."
The celebration will include a reception and theatrical showcase produced by Peter Spears and will debut "Until We Could," a short film based on an original poem for Freedom to Marry by 2012 Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco. The film is by Sundance directors David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) & Yen Tan (Pit Stop) with voiceovers by Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) & Robin Wright (House of Cards) -- and was just announced as an official selection for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Also featured will be an original composition by Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa (I Am Harvey Milk, Big Fish, The Addams Family) performed by Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, The Sound of Music Live), and a choreographed dance by MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham's company Abraham.In.Motion.
Master of Ceremonies is Cynthia Nixon (Sex & the City, Hannibal) with remarks by political strategist Margaret Hoover.
It all takes place on Monday, April 28, 2014. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Signature Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride