‘Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays’

| March 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

Artists Rep offers a special run of

‘Standing On Ceremony – The Gay Marriage Plays
Nine, 10-minute plays by renowned playwrights

In partnership with Basic Rights Oregon

Artists Rep will add a short run of Standing On Ceremony to their 11/12 Season with eight performances of plays written by some of America’s most illustrious playwrights.  This run is a follow up to a one-night event last November where over 30 theatre companies internationally presented the plays in solidarity to increase public awareness about marriage equality. Enthusiastic audiences from that event encouraged Artists Rep to bring the show back. Performances will be offered April 6 through April 21.

Standing On Ceremony consists of nine, 10-minute plays written by a variety of very well-known playwrights on topics and issues surrounding gay marriage, performed in a staged-reading format by local performers.

The playwrights whose short plays are featured in the Standing On Ceremony anthology are Heideman Award winner Jordan Harrison, Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman, Obie and Cable Ace Award winner Mo Gaffney, 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.

Click here, to learn more about the playwrights.

To produce these plays rights-holders require that a portion of the proceeds be donated to a local organization working toward marriage equality and request that a wedding cake be served after each show. Standing On Ceremony is the brainchild of Los Angeles’ Brian Shnipper who began producing it in 2009, as a series of benefit events.

Artists Rep’s Standing On Ceremony will be directed by Jon Kretzu and Stephanie Mulligan. Casting is underway. Artists Rep has partnered with Basic Rights Oregon, who will share the proceeds of this production.

“This compelling collection of plays is a powerful way to open up the conversation on why marriage matters,” said Juan Martinez, Development Director at Basic Rights Oregon who attended the benefit performance in November. “Basic Rights Oregon is proud to be working with Artists Rep to shine the light on this issue through this presentation that will undoubtedly change hearts and minds.”

More information specifically about Standing on Ceremony can be found here:


“Standing On Ceremony – The Gay Marriage Plays”

Written by:                             

Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy McLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick, Doug Wright.

Directed by:                            

Jon Kretzu & Stephanie Mulligan

Conceived by:                        

Brian Shnipper



John Steinkamp
Dave Bodin
Luisa Sermol
Sarah Lucht
Raissa Fleming
Mark Schwahn
John Debkowski
Jared Miller
John San Nicolas
Torrey Cornwell
Laura Widener
Emily Beleele
Sharonlee McLean
Trisha Todd

The rotating cast will feature 14 actors performing throughout the 8-performance run. Casting may be subject to change.

Performance Dates:            

Friday & Saturday, April 6 & 7 @ 10pm

Friday & Saturday, April 13 &14 @ 7:30pm

Sunday April 15 @ 2pm

Friday – Sunday, April  19-21 @ 7:30pm                 

Venue:                                       Artists Repertory Theatre – Morrison Stage (15th and Morrison St.)

Benefit Partner:                   Basic Rights Oregon www.basicrights.org

Tickets:                                      $15 10pm performances; $25 all other peformances

Box Office:                               503.241.1278 or www.artistsrep.org

On the web:                             Website, Facebook, Twitter

The short plays that make up Standing On Ceremony are:

    • 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
    • The Gay Agenda by Paul Rudnick, a sadly hilarious plea for understanding by an Ohio homemaker and member of Focus on the Family.
    • On Facebook by Doug Wright, adapted from an actual Facebook thread chronicling one long fight among friends on the subject of gay 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.
    • A Traditional Wedding by Mo Gaffney, a long-married lesbian couple reminisce about their wedding.
    • My Husband by Paul Rudnick, which puts a hilarious gay twist on the stereotype of the Jewish mother desperate to marry off her children.
    • London Mosquitoes by Moisés Kaufman, a poignant story in which a widower tries to make sense of the loss of his longtime 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.”


Standing On Ceremony is the brainchild of Los Angeles’ Brian Shnipper who began producing it in 2009, as a series of benefit events.  Casting is underway, but will feature a variety of revolving local actors. Artists Rep has partnered with Basic Rights Oregon, who will be the beneficiary of a portion of the production’s proceeds. Wedding cake will be provided for all.

Artists Repertory Theatre

Basic Rights Oregon has partnered with Artists Rep for Standing on Ceremony. The media partner for this production is PQMonthly. Standing on Ceremony is sponsored by the Pride Foundation.

Now in our 29th season, Artists Repertory Theatre is the longest-running professional theater company in Portland.  Artists Rep strives to challenge artists and audiences with plays of depth and vibrancy in an intimate setting.  Artists Rep explores the strengths, frailties, and diversity of the human condition primarily through regional premieres, commissioned works and selected classics appropriate to contemporary issues.


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