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Monday, November 7, 2011, at 8PM

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Tallulah’s Cabaret

Tickets at the door only, by donation

Matt Galloway spoke with Mark McGrinder: listen here.

Studio 180 Theatre joined New York’s Tectonic Theater Project (the company that created and premiered The Laramie Project – Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director; Greg Reiner, Executive Director) for Standing on Ceremony: The National Event.

On November 7, 2011, participating theatres across North America and beyond simultaneously presented their own one-night-only readings of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, a collection of short plays by some of America’s most illustrious playwrights, to raise awareness in support of marriage equality – an issue that transcends borders.

The event started at 8PM with a live-streaming introduction from the Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC, where the off-Broadway production of Standing on Ceremony was beginning previews. Audience members watched a communal post-performance Q&A – again streamed live – in which all audience members could participate by submitting questions via Twitter in real time.

The Toronto reading was directed by Studio 180 Core Artistic Team Member Mark McGrinder, and the cast included Studio 180 Core Artistic Team Members Jessica Greenberg and Kimwun Perehinec, along with The Normal Heart cast members Mark Crawford, Jeff Miller, Sarah Orenstein and Jonathan Seinen.

Over 30 theatres and universities are participated, in 24 states across America including Texas, North Dakota, Florida, Kansas and Michigan, where both gay marriage and civil unions are banned; North Carolina, where the vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage was moved up to 2012; California, where gay marriage was legalized and then overturned by the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008; and many states where marriage equality is not yet a reality. Beyond America, in addition to our own reading in Toronto, theatres in cities as far flung as Sydney, Australia, also participated, making this a truly international event.

Read more on playbill.com or at standingonceremony.net, and visit the Standing on Ceremony Facebook page (details about participating companies are on the event page).