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The Architecture of Family & the Art of Self Discovery
All Pilgrims Church
Seattle, WA
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The Architecture of Family & the Art of Self Discovery
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Stephen was born into a fundamentalist home, the son of a Baptist preacher.  Though he gave the appearance of being the perfect preacher's son, he knew early on that he was gay.  He stayed closeted out of fear and shame, eventually attending and graduating from militantly fundamentalist Bob Jones University with his high school sweetheart Brenda.  The two married shortly after graduation and started a family. Eventually Stephen confessed his orientation, and after years of incredibly destructive conversion therapy trying to "fix" Stephen and save their marriage, they divorced.

For some families, this is where the story ends: everyone walks away bitterly, feeling hurt and betrayed. In the Marshall family, though, this is where the story truly starts.

Soon after the divorce, Stephen met his now-husband James, and they have been happily partnered and married for over 15 years.  Through those years, Stephen, James, and Brenda created a strong, new relationship based on honesty, love, and support while raising Stephen and Brenda's two sons.

Culture in the United States has been growing increasingly divisive, but Stephen's family proves that reconciliation and mutually supportive relationships can be created and nurtured over tremendous rifts if people are willing to listen, love, and forgive.

We want this story to be an example to broken families, even deeply shattered ones, that it is possible to heal and love each other.


The Architecture of Family & the Art of Self-Discovery is a production that will show Stephen's journey and the family's transformation through interview video clips, original choral compositions performed live, and sets designed to usher the audience into the narrative.

We hope to see you there.


All Pilgrims Church (View)
500 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Choral
Social > LGBT

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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