Standing On Ceremony Ends Off-Broadway Run Dec. 18

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and Michael Gioia
18 Dec 2011

Harriet Harris and Craig Bierko
Harriet Harris and Craig Bierko
Joan Marcus

Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, which officially opened Nov. 13 following previews that began Nov. 7 at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre, plays its final performances there Dec. 18 at 3 PM and 7 PM.

Upon closing, the show will have played 7 preview performances and 41 regular performances. 

The producers now plan to take the play to markets where "marriage equality is not yet a reality, in an effort to help invigorate audience members in battleground states and raise money for marriage equality organizations," according to a Nov. 29 press statement.

“We were delighted by the reception this play received in New York,” producers Joan Stein and Richard Frankel said in a recent statement, “but it is now clear to us that its message is most vital and urgent in the forty-four states where same sex couples are still denied equal marriage rights.  We are committed to finding this play a home in those places where it’s needed most.”

The premiere cast comprised Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Richard Thomas (most recently seen on Broadway in Race), Tony Award nominee Craig Bierko (The Music Man), Tony Award winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Daytime Emmy nominee Mark Consuelos ("All My Children") and Emmy Award nominee Polly Draper ("thirtysomething").



Directed by Stuart Ross, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays includes a mix of short plays that address the on-going battle for marriage equality throughout the United States. Among the writers whose works are featured are Obie Award winner Mo Gaffney, Heideman Award winner Jordan Harrison, 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.

Conceived by Brian Shnipper, Standing On Ceremony began as a series of benefit events in Los Angeles, taking on a life of its own as an inspiring theatrical evening. Read the recent Playbill magazine feature about the show.

The show was produced Off-Broadway by Joan Stein, Richard Frankel, Annette Niemtzow, Fakston Productions, Harley Medcalf, Jon Murray, Harvey Reese, in association with Diana Buckhantz and Niclas Nagler. Joe Watson was executive producer.

The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.standingonceremony.net.