Corpus Christi by Terrence McNally opened over 10 years ago to bomb threats and a fatwa on the playwright's life that has never been lifted; perhaps the world was not yet ready for a passion story about the life of Jesus as a young gay man coming of age in 1950s Corpus Christi, Texas. Many in the gay community believe the play opened the doors to the current conversations we are having concerning equal rights. But how far have we really come? Our 108 Productions' revival of the play nearly four years ago in a small church in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, embraced McNally's message of inclusive love for all people, and we found ourselves thrust into the world spotlight as we toured to international acclaim. After performing Off-Broadway last year in celebration of the show's 10th anniversary and benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation, we were intimately reminded of the shadows of the past.
Fueled by those shadows, as well as recent political events concerning equal rights in the country, we are in current production of a tour through 2010 with a documentary feature, "Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption." With Terrence McNally's unequivocal support in the coming months we are touring to cities that embrace the show and, most importantly, 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. With a cast of 13 men and women of a large age range, varying religious beliefs and covering different walks of life, we have been able to reach across the political boundaries, making this an accessible show for all people. And McNally's intended message of inclusive love for all people is finally being heard.
This performance is part of our 2010 World Tour including London and various cities in the UK, Paris, France, Corpus Christi, and Acapulco, Mexico.
This performance will take place in the Chapel of Grace.
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