Sparking Inspiration: 515- The Tour!
March 21, 2012 by Guest contributor
The following post comes from Leah Solo, Coalitions Committee Chair, Minnesotans United for All Families:
Last night, I got a sneak peak of 515- The Tour, an inspiring play that is sure to spark dialogue about the issue of marriage equality throughout Minnesota. 515- The Tour! is a theatrical presentation of 515 laws in Minnesota that discriminate against same-sex couples. Thanks to a Grant from General Mills Foundation, and another grant from Chase through an online Community Giving Program, this play has been produced to go on tour this spring.
My sneak peak at the play was during their final rehearsal before the tour kicks off tonight. The original production was a collaboration between Bryan Gerber, Matthew A. Everett, Sarah Howes, and the Flower Shop Project. This version of the tour was written entirely by Matthew A. Everett.
For Bryan, having this play go on the road is so special because "the show started out as 30 second skits in 2008 that we performed at Project 515 events. Now to see the production receiving incredible support like this and having the ability to travel across the state and see it spark conversations among all Minnesotans about this issue is truly an amazing experience. "
The play, performed by Shannon Troy Jones, Adam Moore, Claire Lloyd, Kelsey Strong, Jessica Dougherty, and Bryan Gerber, includes scenes on issues that confront LGBT couples, such as adoption, health care, and end of life decisions. It is a thoughtful way of asking audience members to think about what it would be like to live in a family or be in a relationship without access to the security of marriage.
"Something many will not know when they learn about 515- The Tour! is that HRC was my biggest inspiration to become an activist on the issue of marriage for same-sex couples,” Said Bryan, who also works during the day as the Administrative Assistant for Minnesotans United for All Families. “One person can make a difference. 515- the Tour! is one way that I'm making a difference and I hope it inspires all Minnesotans to join the conversation and make a difference in their own families and communities.
Want to see this amazing production? Visit www.project515.org/515-players for the tour schedule.
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