Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rights of Passage: Play in Progress

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On Sunday April 3, 2011 we held our third public reading of Rights of Passage. We are happy to report, and our invited audiences agree, the play has taken another huge leap forward. One of the greatest challenges is sharpening the structure of the storytelling in a manner that allows for global LGBT human rights perspectives to unfold with clarity and compassion.

The two-act play continues to be anchored by the life of its central character, a gay Hindu named Wayan. From time to time, his narrative his suspended so that stories from around the world may filter in. The journeys in the play, unfold in three key “rites” of passage - childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We continue to work on the inspiring nuances of our characters who are based on the many LGBT citizens we’ve met, interviewed and/or researched since we began working on Rights of Passage in 2008. The next and final public reading is coming up this summer. After that, we prepare the production draft which will have it’s world premiere at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in August 2012.

Direct from Java!
As previously reported on this blog, our guest from Java, Didik Nini Thowok arrives in the US shortly for his performances of Gender Mystic April 21-24, 2011. His solo dance and mask work is heralded the world over and we’ll have him with us for four shows. For tickets and more detailed info hop on to This event is produced in association with the Asian Art Museum which by the way has a breathtaking Bali exhibit that is a must see. Plus, Didik will be doing a special lecture/demonstration event there on Saturday afternoon April 23, 2011 at 1pm. It’s all happening this month!

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