Standing On Ceremony Sets Closing Date Off-Broadway

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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, will play its final performance there Dec. 18.

Harriet Harris and Craig Bierko
Harriet Harris and Craig Bierko Photo by Joan Marcus

The show will have played 7 preview performances and 41 regular performances. 

The producers 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 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 comprises 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.

The performance schedule for Standing On Ceremony follows: Tuesdays-Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 3 PM and 8 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM.

The show is 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 is executive producer.

The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane. For tickets, visit For more information, visit


Producers Joan Stein and Richard Frankel announced Nov. 9 that Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays will offer a special, one-night-only discount to young people for the Nov. 30 at 8 PM performance.

"In an effort to help motivate the younger generation in the fight for marriage equality and expose young people to politically potent theatre," press notes state, $30 tickets will be available to anyone born in 1980 or after by showing a photo ID at the Minetta Lane Theatre box office (18 Minetta Lane) or by visiting and using the code PLAY30 (age will be verified upon entering the theatre).

Following the performance, audience members will be able to enjoy a special talkback hosted by NY1 theatre producer and reporter Frank DiLella and Playbill magazine editor Blake Ross. The two will be joined by members of the cast to discuss the impact that young people and theatre can have on social change, specifically the marriage equality movement.

Last season, Playbill and NY1 partnered with the Tony Award-winning revival of The Normal Heart to help expose young people to Larry Kramer’s powerful play. This series will continue throughout the season with relevant Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

Harriet Harris, Beth Leavel, Mark Consuelos, Craig Bierko, Polly Draper and Richard Thomas
Harriet Harris, Beth Leavel, Mark Consuelos, Craig Bierko, Polly Draper and Richard Thomas Photo by Joan Marcus
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