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Gay Marriage Plays Coming To New York City

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, a series of plays conceived Brian Shnipper, will begin a run at the Minetta Lane Theatre on October 18, with an opening scheduled for October 24.

The Associated Press reports:

A collection of nine short plays by playwrights including Neil LaBute, Doug Wright, Paul Rudnick and Moises Kaufman that all deal with gay marriage will be making its off-Broadway debut next month.

Producers said Sunday that “Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays” will be brought from Los Angeles and staged at the Minetta Lane Theatre starting Oct. 18. Opening night is set for Oct. 24

The plays were created to raise money and awareness in support of marriage equality and a portion of each ticket will be donated to pro-gay marriage organizations.

A rotating cast of actors will be announced later.

In addition to LaBute, Wright, Rudnick and Kaufman, the other playwrights are Jordan Harrison, Wendy McLeod, Jeffrey Hatcher, Joe Keenan, and Jose Rivera.

About the plays:

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.

Preview performances begin Tuesday, October 18, with an official opening night set for Monday, October 24, at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, NYC). For more information click HERE