Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays

Richmond Triangle Players Engage Marriage


Richmond Triangle Players and TheatreLAB demonstrated the power of theater to engage, challenge, enlighten, and uplift audiences in five staged readings of "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays" between October 31 and November 3, 2013.  Performed in Virginia for the first time, this production deepened the conversation in Virginia about marriage and helped to support the marriage equality work of Equality Virginia, ACLU Virginia, and POFEV, which together received all proceeds from the performances.

"Standing on Ceremony" is a compilation of nine short one-act plays by A-list writers Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright on the theme of gay marriage.  The nine separate shorts explore love and marriage in scenes that range from funny to touching, each in a different way showing the universality of love. 


The staged readings in Richmond, which can be seen in the pictures by Julie Flenner reposted here from the event's Facebook page, were particularly engaging due to the generosity of Richmond Triangle Players and TheatreLAB, of directors John Knapp, Deejay Gray, and Shanea N. Taylor, and of many of Richmond's finest actors, each of whom volunteered their time and talents to bring the readings to the stage: Amy Berlin, Andrew Etheredge, Anne Carr Regan, Anthony Morales, Barry Bell, Bruce J Levy, Burdette Robinson, Brian Baez, Carolyn Rose Mohr, Chandler Hubbard, Chris Hester, Christy Mullins, Cynde Liffick, Dan Cimo, Danielle Williams, David Rike, Deejay Gray, Denis Riva, Dexter Ramey, D.j. Cummings, Donna E. Coghill, Elizabeth Brinkley, Fern Rivadeneira, Heather Falks, Jason Campbell, John Knapp, Julie Fulcher-Davis, Kathy Northrop Parker, Katie McCall, Kyle Cornell, Lanaya Van Driesen, Lelia Pendleton, Leslie Pumphrey, Lorri Lindberg, Maggie Bavolack, Mollie Sweeney Morton Ort, Morgan Barbour, Nancy McMahon, Ramón Licairac, Rick Brandt, Rosemarie Owen, Sasha Wakefield, Shanea N. Taylor, Stevie Rice, Teirra Jackson, Terri Moore, Thomas E. Nowlin, Tim Gillham, and Todd Schall-Vess

Staged readings and full productions of the plays by local theater groups have been getting rave reviews across the country in cities from New York to Cleveland to Minneapolis to Houston to Los Angeles.  The review of the New York production also provides a wonderful summary of the plays here that shows the diversity and power of the plays both to touch us and provoke us to deeper understanding and empathy for our common human experience of love. 

POFEV (People of Faith for Equality in Virginia), P.O. Box 4919, Richmond, VA 23220 •