I saw some of the best drama I've seen in ages - and the actors were all kids. ... as they stand on stage with their words of compassion and fear, bewilderment and hope, yearning and dreams... This is the sort of drama that should get extended runs, playing to audiences around the country, with kids from Kansas and Louisiana and Alaska taking on these roles. This is about opening hearts, one audience member, one cast member, at a time."
"Get in your cars (or hop a plane) and go see 'Prop 8 Love Stories'. Brian Glenn Bryson, director and creator, along with an amazingly talented group of kids have developed an awesome piece of theater and it is not to be missed." -Jennifer Light, President of Bay Area Creative Services Staffing firm, Berkeley
I cannot begin to tell you how many ways it touched me. I laughed and cried several times in the evening. It wastruly amazing. This is one of those once in a lifetime shows that should tour the high schools. Thank you for your brilliant work. I will never forget it.
-Kim Connolly, Clinical Program Manager, Braun School
"I just got back from this--man, what anAMAZING show! Definitely seeing again :)" - Grace Asheley Welch, Casa Grande H.S. Student, Petaluma
"Do yourself a favor and go see thisamazingmarriage equality play - great for the whole extended family or also a romantic date night - whether LGBT or S - it is written and performed by the most talented teenagers you will ever see with original music - I promise - you WILL thank me for telling you to go." - Molly McKay Attorney & Civil Rights Activist / Interviewee, Oakland
"Brilliant. Youth theater that is surprisingly heartful and well crafted. Please go."
- Melecio Estrella, Professional Dancer / Interviewee, Oakland
"We were blown away! You all have created an important work and I want to help it reach as wide an audience as possible."
-Gary Carnivele, Outbeat Radio KRCB 91FM
"A thoroughly professional, polished production that is touching, thought-provoking, and humorous." - Nancy Wilson, MENSA member
The play is AMAZING. I wanted to smooch every one of those kids' faces. Thank you for creating such a hopeful work of art!
-Angela Garcia, Social Worker/Interviewee, Petaluma
Great work!!! I think it's the next Laramie Project.
- Dr. Davina Kotulski, Psychologist / Interviewee, Oakland
"Fabulous!!! It was most profound and awe-inspiring! Loved the whole experience! Can't wait to see it again!"
Phyllis Lyon(Born in 1925) is the first woman to legally marry another woman in the United States.
12-year-old Ceilidh Austin interviewed Phyllis Lyon at her home in San Francisco in the spring of 2010. Ceilidh portrayed Phyllis, word for word, in "Prop 8 Love Stories".
On February 12, 2004 Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the United States in a ceremony in San Francisco. They were married again on June 16, 2008.
Del Martin died on August 27, 2008. Phyllis Lyon issued this statement: "Ever since I met Del 55 years ago, I could never imagine a day would come when she wouldn't be by my side. I am so lucky to have known her, loved her, and been her partner in all things. I also never imagined there would be a day that we would actually be able to get married. I am devastated, but I take some solace in knowing we were able to enjoy the ultimate rite of love and commitment before she passed."
Molly McKay & Davina Kotulski
Molly is an attorney and a civil rights activist. Davina is a clinical psychologist and author ofWhy You Should give a Damn About Gay Marriage.
Molly McKay(center right) was interviewed and portrayed by 16-year-old Audrey Maye Tatum (far right), and Davina Kotulski (center left) was interviewed and portrayed by 13-year-old Tressa Edwards (far left). The interview took place at Molly & Davina's home in the spring of 2010 in Oakland, CA.
Prop 8 Love Stories features original songs by Audrey Maye Tatum.
Sally Miller Gearhart (born 1931) is the first open lesbian in higher education to be given a tenure track position (1974). In 1978 Gearhart fought alongside Harvey Milk to defeat Proposition 6.
12-year-old Olivia Henry interviewed and portrayedSally.
Robert & Maben Rainwaterare historical building contractors living in Sebastopol.
Thanks to the temporary generosity of the State of California, Maben and Robert are now legally married. They have three adopted kids. Two from Romania: Alexandru & Nicholas; And one from Las Vegas: Kira. Robert & Maben also provide time for their School Board, Parent Council, Soccer and Baseball.
Dominic Williams (center in tie-dye) & Nadia Tomaszewski (left in stripes) interviewed and portrayed Robert & Maben Rainwater. The interview took place in the spring of 2010 in their home is Sebastopol, California.
Melecio Estrella & Andy Jones of Oakland.
Andy is a UC Berkeley Grad student studying alternative energy. Melecio dances on the sides of San Francisco skyscrapers.
Andy & Melecio are getting married this summer. Neal Falletta-Cowden interviewed and portrayed Andy (far left) and Elizabeth Brown interviewed and portrayed Melecio (red shirt). Elizabeth is in 6th grade. Neal is a junior at Sonoma Academy HS.
The interview took place at Elizabeth Brown's home in the spring of 2010 in Santa Rosa, California.
Bob & Bernice Thorpehad their first kiss in 1945 and were married 11 days later. They were interviewed in their home in Santa Rosa, California in the spring of 2010 by Amanda Pederson (red shirt) and Madison Saboe (black top).
Rabbi Jerry & Joy Danzig The Rabbi and his wife struggled when their son "came out".
Kira Findling and Molly Larsen interviewed them in their home in the spring of 2010 in Santa Rosa, California.
Heidi Doughty & Rhonda Findling with their daughters Sonia (9) & Kira (12). Heidi is a grade school teacher & Rhonda is a college counselor.(Kira is also a cast member who interviewed Rabbi Jerry & Joy Danzig. She interviewed and portrayed Joy.) Dezi, Ecco & Elizabeth interviewed them in their home in the spring of 2010 in Sebastopol, California. Dezi portrayed Heidi; Ecco portrayed Rhonda; Elizabeth portrayed Kira; And Ceilidh Austin portrayed Sonia.
Cinematographers Molly Haas & Randall Brown shot the interview.
Angela Garcia & Nick Egan
Angela is a social worker & Nick is a teacher. Angela & Nick are getting married this summer. Angela struggled when her father came out when she was 14 years old.
Angela was interviewed and portrayed by Jessica Wysocky. Nick was interviewed and portrayed by Ellie Gossage.
The interview took place at Angela & Nick's home in the spring of 2010 in Petaluma, California.
This play is not an argument. It’s not out to make anyone look stupid or wrong. It was not created with the intention of being cruelto anyone. And it’s not about sex.
This play is about people, relationships, love and life. It’s about what we all have in common. It’s about family and community. This play is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of our fellow human beings. It was made with affection and respect for everyone.
Cinnabar Theater(Petaluma) Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm June 25 - 26 Sunday, 2:00pm June 27 TICKETS for Cinnabar Performances: CALL 707.763.8920 or online @ www.cinnabartheater.org
Russian River Hall(Monte Rio)
Friday & Saturday, 8:00pm July 2nd & 3rd 20347 Highway 116, Monte Rio, CA. 95462 707-849-4873 TICKETS: Sold at the Door
The Glaser Center (Santa Rosa)
Friday, July 9th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, July 10th @2:00pm 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707) 568-5381 TICKETSfor The Glaser Center: Advance tickets available at Copperfields Book Stores, Stanroy Music Center, The Last Record Store (in Santa Rosa), Back Door Disc (in Cotati), and on line at www.brownpapertickets.com
The Magic Theatre Fort Mason Center - San Francisco Sunday, July 11th @ 8:00pm Bldg D, 3rd Floor TICKETS: http://www.fortmason.org/boxoffice Purchase tickets by phone at (415) 345-7575
Cinnabar Theater(Petaluma) Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm July 16 & 17
Walking Elephant Theatre Company guides actors 7 to 17 years old out of the classroom and into real-world, project-based education experiences that connect them with their local and global communities to explore important social issues.
Cast members interview relevant community members about "the elephant in the room"- discrimination, bullying, homophobia, habits, corruption, sustainability -to create “word-for-word” documentary theatre and films.
These potent, moving, and hilarious plays and movies, made with integrity and economy, are then presented in theatres, schools, and film festivals around the world.
We do this because it is the most effective approach to education we have ever experienced, and because we believe it fosters a world of empathic human beings at peace with each other and themselves.