Gay Marriage Plays by LaBute, Hatcher, Najimy, Rudnick, Wright and More Get Benefit Run in L.A.

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A collection of short plays about gay marriage, written by a cross-section of American writers, will be presented on six Monday nights this winter starting Dec. 6 as a benefit for marriage-equality groups The American Foundation for Equal Rights and Equality California.

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Producers Joan Stein and Stuart Ross announced that Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays will play Dec. 6, 2010, and Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, 2011. All performances are at 8 PM at Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., in West Hollywood.

Standing on Ceremony features short plays by Jordan Harrison (Doris to Darlene), Jeffrey Hatcher (Tuesdays with Morrie), Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project), Neil LaBute (Reasons to Be Pretty), Wendy McLeod (Schoolgirl Figure), Kathy Najimy (The Kathy and Mo Show), José Rivera (Marisol), Paul Rudnick (I Hate Hamlet) and Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife).

Casting will be announced. Conceived and directed by Brian Shnipper, these evenings of "new provocative plays were created in response to the ongoing battle for marriage equality throughout the United States."

Bruce Vilanch will host the launch event on Dec. 6 to benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Equality California, and subsequent performances will also support marriage-equality organizations.

Expect "an evening that is at once as insightful, and stirring as it is funny and heartwarming," according to the producers. "The truth of the writing is so compelling that the program becomes a fast testimony to the struggle for commitment, compassion and humor for all people who have the courage to work through any committed relationship." Tony Award-winning producer Joan Stein said in a statement. "Rallying the voices of some of our finest playwrights towards this Civil Rights issue became something we had to do, no matter what. By launching these plays we join the national movement for marriage equality."

Producer Stuart Ross added, "If we foster an entertaining and engrossing evening of theatre — regardless of demographics or orientation — so much the better."

After two sold out benefits earlier this year with the New York Theatre Workshop and at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, Standing on Ceremony, which has since been restyled, "is now being launched as a theatre event that will serve as a lightning rod for raising consciousness — an advocacy piece that will also enjoy a long commercial life as a funny, heart-felt and illuminating evening that celebrates the courage to be in a relationship."

Tickets are $50 and $100 and are available online at StandingOnCeremony.net or by calling Tix.com at (800) 595-4849.

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The producing team includes Stein and Ross, and associate producer Allain Rochel.

For additional information visit www.StandingOnCeremony.net.

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