Texas Tech to Participate in Worldwide Simultaneous Performance of Play
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‘Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays’ aims to raise equality awareness
Texas Tech University’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) will present “Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays” at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Room 169 of the Human Sciences building. The performance is part of simultaneous worldwide presentations of the play to raise awareness and funds in support of marriage equality.
The Texas Tech event is open to the public free of charge, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. “Standing On Ceremony” is a heartfelt, funny and altogether illuminating play that celebrates the courage to be in a relationship — any relationship. Cast members for the Texas Tech reading include undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community members. The reading will be directed by Jeanne M. Haggard, a doctoral student in Fine Arts in the School of Art.
Audience members will be able to watch a live streaming introduction before the play, as well as a post performance Q&A, from the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City where “Standing on Ceremony” begins previews also on Nov. 7. Attendees also will be able to participate in the Q&A, regardless of their locale, by submitting questions via Twitter in real time.
Several campus and community organizations are partnering to host the local event, including FMLA, V-Day Lubbock Coalition, OUTWest Lubbock, Texas Tech Women’s Studies program and the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center.
Several campus and community organizations will provide information tables about their respective groups in the Canyon Room before the show.
To date, more than 25 theatres and universities are confirmed to participate in 19 states across America, including: Texas, North Dakota, Florida, Kansas and Michigan, where both gay marriage and civil unions are banned; North Carolina, where the vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage was moved up to 2012; California, where gay marriage was legalized and then overturned by the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008; and many states where marriage equality is not yet a reality. Beyond America, theatres as far flung as Sydney, Australia, will also participate, making this a truly international event.
The original “Standing On Ceremony” play premieres off Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City this fall.
November 7, 2011
Hosted by FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance) and Directed by PhD Candidate, Fine Arts Doctoral Program, Jeanne Haggard.