Mad Cow Theatre joins gay-marriage equality event

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Orlando's Mad Cow Theatre will participate in "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays" this Monday, Nov. 7.

Simultaneous performances and readings of the plays will take place at theaters worldwide, organizers say.

"Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays," will premiere off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre later this fall.

On Nov. 7, Mad Cow Theatre and producers Joan Stein and Richard Frankel will join with the Tectonic Theater Project to raise the curtain on the play's message of marriage equality.

The Mad Cow performance will begin at 8 p.m. Audience members will be able to watch a live streaming introduction before the play, as well as a post-performance question-and-answer session from the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, where "Standing on Ceremony" begins previews that night. Attendees will be able to participate in the Q&A, regardless of their locale, by submitting questions via Twitter in real time.

The Central Florida cast of "Standing on Ceremony" will be directed by Thomas Ouellette and includes such Central Florida notables as Sarah Catherine Barnes, Juan Cantu, Elizabeth Dean, Stephan Jones, Emily Killian, Ame Livingston, Elizabeth Maupin, Peg O'Keef, Robby Piggott and Eric Zivot.

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 the U.S., theaters as far flung as Sydney, Australia will also participate.

"After the success of 'The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,' we are thrilled to partner with 'Standing On Ceremony' to facilitate another national convening with this beautiful collection of plays about a timely and urgent issue," said Moisés Kaufman, artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project and contributing "Standing On Ceremony" playwright.

Other contributing playwrights: Heideman Award winner Jordan Harrison, Edgar Award winner Jeffrey Hatcher, Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman, Emmy and WGA Award winner Joe Keenan, Tony Award nominee Neil LaBute, Sundance Jury Prize winner Wendy MacLeod, Obie Award winner José Rivera, Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Paul Rudnick, and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright.

A VIP reception will begin at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Mad Cow Theatre, 105 S. Magnolia Ave. The reading begins at 8 p.m. Regular tickets are $10. VIP packages, including the pre-show reception and priority seating are $30.

Purchase tickets at or by calling the Mad Cow Theatre box office at 407-297-8788, Ext. 1. Proceeds from the performance at Mad Cow Theatre will benefit Equality Florida, a civil-rights organization dedicated to securing equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Tectonic Theater Project has presented the groundbreaking plays "The Laramie Project," "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" and "I Am My Own Wife," which have sparked national discourse about their subjects and have inspired artists and audiences worldwide.

In 2009, Tectonic Theater Project brought "The Laramie Project" to 100 cities across America, when it was performed simultaneously by high schools, universities and professional theaters.

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