CDC Theatre presents “Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays”

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Rehearsal scene from
Rehearsal scene from "Standing on Ceremony"

An exciting special event has been planned for the 99th season at CDC Theatre in Cranford, the oldest continuously producing community theatre in New Jersey. CDC Theatre will begin the fall portion of its season with the 2017 Short Play Festival, presenting a program of short plays and monologues about gay marriage.

Rehearsal scene from "Standing on Ceremony"
Rehearsal scene from “Standing on Ceremony”

The program features the anthology Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. Originally produced in Los Angeles and New York in 2011, the work includes short plays and monologues by such renowned playwrights as Mo Gaffney (The Kathy & Mo Show), Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project), Neil LaBute (Fat Pig), and Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey).

Edgar Hidalgo, who serves as a co-producer and one of five directors lending their talents to the festival, explained: “One of CDC Theatre’s goals with this special event is to expand on the conversation that Standing on Ceremony started six years ago. In 2015 the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell made gay marriage the law of the land, and we are presenting the Standing on Ceremony collection together with other short plays about gay marriage to explore what the institution of gay marriage, and the work and struggle to get there, continues to mean to so many in light of that great milestone.”

Rehearsal scene from "Standing on Ceremony"
Rehearsal scene from “Standing on Ceremony”

Rounding out the directing team are David Christopher, Alan Van Antwerp, Mary Webb, and Howard Whitmore. Elizabeth Howard also serves as a co-producer.

For this special event, CDC Theatre has partnered with the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Fifty percent of the ticket profits will be donated to GLSEN.

The show will run three nights only, September 7-9, with performances at 8pm. Visit www.cdctheatre.org for tickets and further information. Funding has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.