Who is Restore Our Humanity and why is Plan-B raising funds for them with MARRY CHRISTMAS?

Plan-B Theatre celebrates the first anniversary of marriage equality in Utah December 20-23 with the world premiere of Elaine Jarvik’s MARRY CHRISTMAS. From Restore Our Humanity: “When Restore Our Humanity sought to bring marriage equality to Utah back in 2012, such an expedited timeline was completely unedpected. When Judge Robert Shelby ruled in favor of marriage equality in Kitchen v. Herbert, nearly 1,300 LGBTQ couples were able to legally marry before the State of Utah was able to obtain a stay on the order. The next step in the case was to move on to the District Court in Denver. A win there helped secure marriage equality for the other states of the 10th Circuit Court. The State of Utah continued to deny the reality of marriage equality and chose to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. When the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari (cert.), marriage equality won! Now LGBTQ persons in Utah may freely marry the partner of their choice and share in the same benefits heterosexual couples have been granted for more than a century. While the case may be won, there is still work to do in raising the funds to pay for all the effort put forth over two grueling years of legal battles. Please join us in celebrating victory for LGBTQ Utahans, let’s raise the funds to pay a debt we all share for this victory, a debt that currently stands at $731,024.81.” From Plan-B Theatre: “This is personal. Two Plan-B staff members and two Plan-B board members were among the nearly 1,300 couples married during “the 17 days” – in fact, each couple...

Playwright Elaine Jarvik on MARRY CHRISTMAS (2014/15 Season, Add-On #1)

Elaine Jarvik has previously written for Plan-B’s SLAM and Script-In-Hand Series. Her play MARRY CHRISTMAS runs December 20-23 as a fundraiser for Restore Our Humanity.  This blog post also appears in the current issue of QSaltLake. MARRY CHRISTMAS is a simple boy-meets-boy (and girl-meets-girl) story. You know the kind: Two people fall in love and get married and then the Attorney General asks the Supreme Court to intervene. As conceived by Plan-B’s Jerry Rapier, the play is a look back at the 17 days last winter when gay marriage was legal in Utah. Because I used to be a newspaper reporter and am now a playwright, Jerry asked me to interview couples who got married during those two and a half weeks and then to write a play based on those stories, from the giddy beginnings on December 20 to the cliff-hanger ending that still hasn’t been resolved. I’ve loved talking to these couples. Take, for example, Shelly Eyre and Cheryl Haws, who’ve been together for nine years, got a marriage license in Provo on December 26, and suddenly discovered that a picture of them kissing was on the national news. “Most of our friends have never seen us kissing,” says Shelly. “We look like Relief Society ladies. What I always say is, I don’t know why people are so upset about our lifestyle; my life doesn’t even have a style. My lifestyle is more like yours.” MARRY CHRISTMAS could have a cast of thousands, because every one of the couples that married last winter has a story worth telling. We hope the ones we’ve picked will give the...

MARRY CHRISTMAS

A world premiere by Elaine Jarvik December 20-23, 2014 SOLD OUT! Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC Running time 1 hour  |  No late seating ***A wait list will form 30 minutes before each performance (Saturday, December 20 at Noon and Sunday, December 21, 22 and 23 at 7pm) in the Rose Wagner box office – you must be in the box office, in person, at that time in order to get on the wait list, which is first-come, first-served. If you arrive before that time and leave for any reason you forfeit your place in line. Pre-paid standby tickets will be sold to those on the wait list, in chronological order, approximately 15 minutes before show time, based on availability. Those we are unable to seat will receive an immediate refund.*** This season’s Script-In-Hand Series offers something special for the holidays: MARRY CHRISTMAS! Celebrate the first anniversary of marriage equality with us as we share real-life marriage stories from “the 17 days” and the effect of the historic 10th Circuit Court and Supreme Court decisions regarding Kitchen v. Herbert. 100% of tickets sales benefit Restore Our Humanity to help with the $731,024.81 legal bill that brought marriage equality to Utah. Featuring Tyson Baker, Kim Blackett, Carleton Bluford, Anita Booher, Joe Debevc, April Fossen, Mark Fossen, Nell Gywnn, Tito Livas, Vicki Pugmire, Scott Smith, Yolanda Stange, Jason Tatom and Sarah Danielle Young. Stage managed by Michael Scott Johnson. Directed by Jason Bowcutt. Bios  |  From the Playwright  |  Press     ...

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