protest and bomb threats. Deemed by religious zealots as “blasphemous,” the shock and controversy it created before it opened easily overshadowed McNally’s original intention in creating the piece: inclusive love for all people.
The 108 Productions revival started humbly at the Metropolitan Community Church in the Valley in 2006, and its resounding success continued to sold-out audiences for months at the famed Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood, and toured throughout Northern and Southern California. The production has enjoyed hugely successful runs at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the 2008 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and recently returned from a sold-out off-Broadway run at the Rattlestick Theatre in New York.Now in its fourth year of touring, 2010 looks to be even bigger with its intended plans of travel. Typically performed by thirteen young men, this production continues to celebrate the play’s message of embracing diversity by casting both men and women of a large age range, varying religious beliefs and all walks of life. And the messages of the play are finally being felt
Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption is a story about love. It’s a story about hope amidst rancor and discourse. Its a story of bravery shared by a humble group of actors who unknowingly came together four years ago to share a simple play, but were thrust into a movement of change within a community struggling to find its voice.
We will follow the troupe and the playwright, sharing their stories and dialogues with their audiences, supporters and protesters as they continue their tour across the country to communities including Laramie, Wyoming and Orange County, California, across the world to London and the UK, and an invitational performance at the Metropolitan Community Church General Conference in Acapulco in June 2010.
With Terrence McNally’s unequivocal support in the coming months we will be looking to reach out into communities where hate and bigotry are much more prevalent; there is still much mis-conception and mis-representation of our community throughout the country, especially when it comes to the church. This show helps close that gap and will hopefully allow those that don’t already see us for who we truly are, accept us and afford us the rights we ALL deserve. Or at least begin a dialogue that might not have happened.