Actors take a stand on gay marriage in Palm Springs Pride play

October 31st, 2013 | by Will Dean | Comments

Who doesn’t love a wedding — the sweet romance, tears and over-the-top drama that surrounds it?

It’s especially fun if you’re a guest or a member of the audience watching “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.”

This collection of short plays explores what happens before, during and after several gay couples take the plunge. It will be performed Nov. 1 and 2 as a Greater Palm Springs Pride event at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater. It’s the second year for the show, which has won three Desert Theater League awards.

Written by critically acclaimed and award-winning writers — Mo Gaffney, Neil Labute and Wendy Macleod among them — the plays are sure to entertain and reflect what’s happening across the U.S. as marriage equality continues to gain acceptance.

Keith Coleman directs the production, which stars Francesca Amari, Mona Caywood, Jerome Elliott, Charles Herrera, Robert Julian and Jeanette Knight. Considering that same-sex marriage is legal in California again and spreading, we asked the cast to complete this sentence: Now that gay couples can wed in 13 states and the District of Columbia, the marriage institution is …

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“ … still inaccessible to millions of individuals. While we celebrate our many recent victories, plays like ‘Standing on Ceremony’ remind us to remain vigilant and proactive. …”
Jerome Elliott


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“Right on! The marriage institution is an even greater demonstration of love.”
Mona Caywood




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“ … happily, evolving, along with our collective consciousness.” Jeanette Knight




BLOG -- Revised Francesca“‘ damaged and goes against natural law. It horrifies me. I have gay friends, but I cannot understand why they insist on legalizing marriagebetween gays. Marriage, as it states in the bible, is a covenant between a man and a woman. I wouldn’t care if they have civil unions or domestic partnerships, but marriage is a holy sacrament between a man and a woman and should not be sanctioned by our great country.’” Francesca Amari, as her “ignorant, conservative” character Beverly



BLOG -- Standing Robert_Julian“‘ … finally available to all. It’s about time people stopped being so idiotic about something so basic and so simple, if they would just let it be.’ That’s what my character Tom has to say in ‘Strange Fruit.’ And he’s right. But we’re only legal in 13 states, so there’s still a lot of work to be done.”
Robert Julian


“Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays”
Where: Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs
When: 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday (Nov. 1 & 2)
Tickets: $39 & $29

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