Moises Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project of New York City, responsible for The Laramie Project, spearheads yet another progressive, globally aware theatrical effort, this one pitched to help spread the message of marriage equality. Participating theaters across America join together on this particular day to present a series of short plays that raise awareness in support of an issue that transcends borders. Some of the noted playwrights involved include Edgar Award winner Jeffrey Hatcher, Tony Award nominee Kaufman, Tony Award nominee Neil LaBute, Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Paul Rudnick and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright, and their works offer heartfelt and funny celebrations of the courage it takes to be in a relationship — any relationship.
Actors Bridge Ensemble hosts the local Nashville event, to be joined by representatives from other theater companies, including Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project and Rhubarb Theater, with expected appearances by guest actors. The readings are hosted by noted Nashville actor-singer Mike Eldred. Audience members will be able to watch a live streaming introduction before the performance, broadcast from the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, where Standing on Ceremony begins previews that evening. Attendees will also be able to participate in a post-performance Q&A by submitting questions via Twitter in real time.
To date, theaters and universities in 19 states are confirmed to participate in this project, including states where both gay marriage and civil unions are banned — like Tennessee, for instance.