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Minetta Lane Theatre (New York, NY)
16 Minetta Lane

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Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays is an exciting, provocative evening of new plays by some of America's most illustrious playwrights. Responding to the on-going battle for marriage equality throughout the United States, these American writers have created an evening that is at once as insightful and stirring as it is funny and heartwarming.



Standing On Ceremony is conceived by Brian Shnipper and features new works from playwrights including Jordan Harrison, Moises Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright. A veritable battalion of great actors has performed the plays including Matthew Broderick, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Alfre Woodard, Jason Ritter, Jason Alexander, Jean Smart, Judd Hirsch, Bradley Whitford, Julie Hagerty, John Benjamin Hickey, Camryn Manheim, Amy Brenneman, Jon Tenney and Debra Messing.



Standing On Ceremony is a theatrical event that serves as a lightening rod for raising consciousness - an advocacy piece that will also enjoy a long theatrical life as a funny, heart-felt and illuminating evening that celebrates the courage to be in a relationship - any relationship.



Standing On Ceremony will include a rotating cast of all-star actors to be announced shortly.



The nine short plays that make up Standing On Ceremony include:



- The Revision by Jordan Harrison, an amusing look at how two men might rewrite their vows to more accurately reflect the limited options available to a gay couple.



- This Flight Tonight by Wendy MacLeod, which asks if there is any hope for happiness when a lesbian marriage begins in Iowa.



- On Facebook by Doug Wright, adapted from an actual Facebook thread chronicling one long fight among friends on the subject of gay marriage.



- White Marriage by Jeffrey Hatcher, in which a wife and husband discuss his "gay" sense of humor.



- This Marriage Is Saved by Joe Keenan, a satiric vignette about a disgraced evangelist and his wife who insist that his extra marital flings has only strengthened their marriage.



- Strange Fruit by Neil LaBute, the story of two men in love whose plans to get married "the old-fashioned way" are stymied when reality rears its ugly head.



- The Gay Agenda by Paul Rudnick, a sadly hilarious plea for understanding by an Ohio homemaker and member of Focus on the Family.



- London Mosquitoes by Moisés Kaufman, a poignant story in which a widower tries to make sense of the loss of his long-time lover.



- Pablo and Andrew at the Altar of Words by José Rivera, a moving play about two men who use their marriage vows to "say the things we never really say".

STAGE TUBE: A STANDING ON CEREMONY Proposal!STAGE TUBE: A STANDING ON CEREMONY Proposal!
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 12, 2011

Immediately following the 8:00 PM performance of Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, the show's cast helped a fan surprise her longtime girlfriend with a marriage proposal, marking the show's first same-sex engagement - view a video of the surprise below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Brian Shnipper on Creating STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYSBWW Interviews: Brian Shnipper on Creating STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS
by Nicole Rosky - November 28, 2011

Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, which opened at the Minetta Lane Theatre on November 13, assembles some of America's most illustrious and Award-winning playwrights, including Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright, all responding to one of the defining issues of our day -- the on-going battle for marriage equality throughout the United States - in a heartfelt, funny and altogether illuminating evening of short plays that celebrates the courage to be in a relationship - any relationship. (more...)

BWW TV: Opening Night of STANDING ON CEREMONY!BWW TV: Opening Night of STANDING ON CEREMONY!
by Broadway Beat - November 26, 2011

The Off Broadway production of Standing On Ceremony kicked off its open-ended run on November 7 and opened on Sunday, November 13, 2011. Broadway Beat was on hand to cover the show's opening night! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Mark Consuelos Talks STANDING ON CEREMONYSTAGE TUBE: Mark Consuelos Talks STANDING ON CEREMONY
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 23, 2011

The Off Broadway production of Standing On Ceremony kicked off its open-ended run on November 7, and featured an introduction from EVan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry. Conceived by Brian Shnipper and directed by Stuart Ross, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays began as a series of benefit events in Los Angeles, taking on a life of their own as an inspiring theatrical evening. Click below to check out an interview with star of the show, Mark Consuelos, below. (more...)

Photo Coverage: STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS Celebrates New York PremierePhoto Coverage: STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS Celebrates New York Premiere
by Peter James Zielinski - November 14, 2011

The Off Broadway production of Standing On Ceremony kicked off its open-ended run on November 7. Conceived by Brian Shnipper and directed by Stuart Ross, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays began as a series of benefit events in Los Angeles, taking on a life of their own as an inspiring theatrical evening. The New York cast features Craig Bierko, Mark Consuelos, Polly Draper, Harriet Harris, Beth Leavel and Richard Thomas. The production opened officially last night, November 13, and BroadwayWorld was there! (more...)

STANDING ON CEREMONY: The Gay Marriage Plays Open TonightSTANDING ON CEREMONY: The Gay Marriage Plays Open Tonight
by BWW News Desk - November 13, 2011

Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, which is now in previews and opens at the Minetta Lane Theatre tonight, November 13, assembles some of America's most illustrious and Award-winning playwrights, including Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright, all responding to one of the defining issues of our day -- the on-going battle for marriage equality throughout the United States - in a heartfelt, funny and altogether illuminating evening of short plays that celebrates the courage to be in a relationship - any relationship. (more...)

Photo Flash: STANDING ON CEREMONY Production Shots!Photo Flash: STANDING ON CEREMONY Production Shots!
by BWW News Desk - November 11, 2011

The Off Broadway production of Standing On Ceremony kicked off its open-ended run on November 7, and featured an introduction from EVan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry. Conceived by Brian Shnipper and directed by Stuart Ross, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays began as a series of benefit events in Los Angeles, taking on a life of their own as an inspiring theatrical evening. The official opening night set for Sunday, November 13 and a premiere cast that includes Craig Bierko, Mark Consuelos, Polly Draper, Harriet Harris, Beth Leavel and Richard Thomas. Check out production shots from the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Craig Bierko, Beth Leavel, et al. in STANDING ON CEREMONYPhoto Flash: Craig Bierko, Beth Leavel, et al. in STANDING ON CEREMONY
by BWW News Desk - November 8, 2011

The Off Broadway production of Standing On Ceremony kicked off its open-ended run last night, November 7, and featured an introduction from Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry. Conceived by Brian Shnipper and directed by Stuart Ross, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays began as a series of benefit events in Los Angeles, taking on a life of their own as an inspiring theatrical evening. The official opening night set for Sunday, November 13 and a premiere cast that includes Craig Bierko, Mark Consuelos, Polly Draper, Harriet Harris, Beth Leavel and Richard Thomas. Check out photos from the first preview below! (more...)

Beth Leavel, Richard Thomas Join Cast of STANDING ON CEREMONYBeth Leavel, Richard Thomas Join Cast of STANDING ON CEREMONY
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2011

Joan Stein and Richard Frankel, producers of Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, announced today that Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) and stage and screen veteran Richard Thomas (most recently seen in Race) will complete the show's premiere cast. They join previously announced cast members Craig Bierko (The Music Man), Mark Consuelos ('All My Children'), Polly Draper ('thirtysomething') and Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) in the production, which begins previews on Monday, November 7 with an official opening night set for Sunday, November 13 at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, NYC). (more...)

BWW TV: STANDING ON CEREMONY, THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS Press Preview!BWW TV: STANDING ON CEREMONY, THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS Press Preview!
by Broadway Beat - October 18, 2011

Joan Stein and Richard Frankel, are presenting Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, featuring Tony Award-nominee and Theatre World Award winner Craig Bierko (The Music Man), Daytime Emmy nominee and frequent 'Live with Regis and Kelly' co-host Mark Consuelos, Emmy Award-nominee Polly Draper ('thirtysomething') and Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) Previews on Monday, November 7 with an official opening night set for Sunday, November 13 at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Today, the company met the press and Broadway Beat was on hand to capture the performance preview and interview the show's stars! (more...)

Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays by Kaufman, LaBute & More to Play Off-Broadway This FallStanding On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays by Kaufman, LaBute & More to Play Off-Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - September 12, 2011

Joan Stein and Richard Frankel (Producers) announced today that they will bring the new theatrical event Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays to the New York stage this fall, directed by Stuart Ross. Responding to one of the defining issues of our day -- the on-going battle for marriage equality throughout the United States -- some of America's most illustrious and Award-winning playwrights, including Heideman Award winner Jordan Harrison, Edgar Award winner Jeffrey Hatcher, Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman, Emmy and WGA Award winner Joe Keenan, Tony Award nominee Neil LaBute, Sundance Jury Prize winner Wendy McLeod, Obie Award winner José Rivera, Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Paul Rudnick, and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright, have created a heartfelt, funny and altogether illuminating evening that celebrates the courage to be in a relationship - any relationship. (more...)

 
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