Play readings planned to benefit Equality Utah

Readings of short plays about gay marriage will be staged by Plan-B Theatre Company simultaneously with other readings nationwide on Nov. 7, 6 p.m., at the Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple, as a fundraising event for Equality Utah.

The event is in conjunction with Tectonic Theater Project and the off-Broadway production of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. The plays will be read by Bill Allred, Brandie Balken, Kirt Bateman, Kim Blackett, Doug Fabrizio, Stephanie Howell, Jay Perry, Teresa Sanderson and Betsy West. The goal is to raise funds in communities to support steps toward marriage equality. Locally, the event goal is to raise $10,000 to support Equality Utah.

The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. because plays will be shown from performances in New York City. Tickets are free and only 57 are available. To reserve a spot, go to planbtheatre.org.

The national plays are written by an A-list lineup of writers who have earned two Pulitzer prizes, four Obies, one Emmy and three Tony nominations.

“Be there as they offer their unique take on the moments before, during and after “I do.” Witty, warm and occasionally wacky, these plays are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships and the often hilarious power of love,” the national organizers said in a press release.

The plays being read are written by Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Moises Kaufman, Joe Keenan, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright. Jerry Rapier will direct the readings.

For more information, go to planbtheatre.org.

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