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MC to participate in national theatre event

Barry McNamara
Monmouth College will be the only site in Illinois hosting “Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” a national theatre event to raise awareness and funds in support of marriage equality.

Free and open to the public, the evening of theatre will be presented on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Morgan Room of the college’s Poling Hall.

Audience members will be able to watch a live streaming introduction, as well as a post-performance Q&A broadcast from the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City, where “Standing on Ceremony” begins previews that night. Regardless of their locale, attendees will be able to participate in the Q&A by submitting questions via Twitter in real time.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our theatre department to partner with two outstanding New York theatre companies as they premiere a groundbreaking new work,” said assistant professor of theatre Janeve West, who is directing the MC production.

The Monmouth cast includes community members Martin Holland and Clay Kilpatrick; MC faculty members West, Trudy Peterson, Hannah Schell and Kate Zittlow-Rogness; and MC theatre majors Nick Munson of Moline and Mike Bennett of Monmouth.

“Standing on Ceremony” producers Joan Stein and Richard Frankel have joined with Tectonic Theater Project (TTP) to help take their play’s message of marriage equality across the globe.

Moisés Kaufman, TTP’s artistic director, said, “After the success of ‘The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,’ we are thrilled to partner with ‘Standing On Ceremony’ to facilitate another national convening with this beautiful collection of plays about a timely and urgent issue.”

Responding to one of the defining issues of our day – the ongoing battle for marriage equality throughout the U.S – such playwrights as Tony Award nominees Neil LaBute and Kaufman and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright have contributed to this humorous and enlightening presentation. 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.

Due to adult content and language, viewer discretion is advised. More information is available at or the “Standing On Ceremony” Facebook page.