Trustus Theatre’s Side Door Theater will play host to “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays” continuing Tuesday night, Jan. 6, and playing through Sunday. The play consists of nine short scenes and monologues centered around same-sex marriage.
The play explores many sides of the issue in scenes and monologues written by playwrights including Moises Kaufman, Doug Wright and Paul Rudnick. One scene focuses on a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, while others examine the common struggles of any couple getting married, like last-minute jitters and writing vows.
The play, which premiered in New York in 2011, also shows the difficulties some same-sex couples faced when marriage was not as widely available as it is today – 36 states, including South Carolina, issue licenses to same-sex couples today, but only six did at the time of the play’s premiere. One scene depicts two women set to marry in Iowa, although one bride is unhappy she cannot have a beach wedding in California, which did not permit same-sex marriage at that time.
The play is sponsored by SC Equality and the SC Gay and Lesbian Business Guild. Tonight’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $20. Tickets for the play’s Wednesday evening performance and Saturday and Sunday matinees are also available for $20 at trustus.org.
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Amanda C. Coyne