Mommies Can't Marry

By Rick Alton

Directed by Thomas McClurg

Mommies Can’t Marry was conceived by Stage Q Artistic Director Thomas McClurg. As a response to the current debate about gay marriage in Wisconsin (and the nation), McClurg formed the “Mommies Project” in an effort to bring the debate about gay marriage to the stage. McClurg and the “Mommies” team hope to schedule performances in several cities throughout the state. The play will open in Madison and then make its way around Wisconsin to selected cities, returning to Madison for additional performances in April.

Madison playwright Rick Alton attended the first meeting of the “Mommies Project” and offered to write a play, based on McClurg’s ideas. Mommies Can’t Marry is Alton’s first play. His writing style is gripping, informative, and funny. The play features three gay, lesbian, and straight couples who are facing relationship, commitment, and legal issues about marriage. Humor and wit are used to examine the myriad of views regarding who should (or should not) be allowed to marry. (The play is intended for mature audiences.)

Produced by StageQ at the Bartell Theatre, 113 East Mifflin Street, Madison, Wisconsin

Performances: January 15-16, 2005.

Saturday, January 15, at 2:00pm, and Sunday, January 16, at 5:00pm. Another set of performances will occur in April, 2005. Additional performances may be scheduled in Milwaukee and other cites around Wisconsin between February and May, depending on actor and venue availability.

Tickets are $15.00 per person and may be purchased online at Reservations may be made online or through the Stage Q information and reservation line (608.661.9696). VISA and MasterCard are now accepted at the box office.

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