Gay marriage anthology opens in October
“Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” a collection of short plays about same-sex matrimony, has lined up an open-ended run that opens in October at the Minetta Lane Theater.
The anthology of one-acts — by writers including Neil LaBute, Paul Rudnick, Doug Wright and Moises Kaufman — preemed last season as a series of benefit events in L.A. The Gotham incarnation, produced by Joan Stein and Richard Frankel, will feature a rotating cast of star thesps in a reading-style presentation.
Jose Rivera, Jordan Harrison, Wendy MacLeod, Jeffrey Hatcher and Joe Keenan also have penned vignettes for the evening. Stuart Ross helms the show, which is conceived by Brian Shnipper.
Producers plan to donate a portion of the Off Broadway B.O. to marriage equality orgs.
The production’s rotating cast structure recalls the model for “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” the current Off Broadway outing that has carved out a long run of nearly two years with a regularly refreshed cast list and a femme-centric appeal. An earlier Off Broadway show about another topical issue, the death penalty-focused docuplay “The Exonerated,” also attracted attention with a similar casting strategy.
Initial roster of actors for “Ceremony” remains to be announced. Production begins previews Oct. 18 ahead of an Oct. 24 opening.