Facing East Performances in June

For those of you in, around, or going to Southern California in June -

Carol Lynn Pearson’s play, “Facing East” will be performed by the International City Theatre in Long Beach June 9 – July 5 (no performance July 4).

If you haven’t had a chance to see this story about Mormons and homosexuality, here’s your chance!

Ruth and Alex McCormick are an upstanding Mormon couple reeling from the suicide of their excommunicated son. Stuck between their faith and their new reality, as they meet their dead son’s partner for the first time, they must come to terms with their own inner demons and the love they lost.

www.internationalcitytheatre.org or 562-436-4610 for tickets

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6 Responses to “Facing East Performances in June”
  1. Sheryl says:

    I saw this in San Francisco last summer. Definitely go see this, no matter what side of the Prop 8 fence you are on. IMHO, all sides of this story are presented fairly and with sensitivity. I hope it will play in the Bay Area again, I would definitely go and take some friends with me.

    Sheryl

  2. Sheri says:

    I just got back from the opening night of Facing East in Long Beach. It was amazing! We wanted to give the actors a standing ovation at the end but because no one else stood we didn’t either. I think we will go back to see it again just so we can be true to what we felt. It was touching, poignant and necessary. If I could afford it I would take all my kids who will be here on Saturday for my daughter’s cancer-Free celebration (she battled cancer starting in Jan 07 and after a stem cell transplant in March 08 she’s now been over a year cancer free so we are throwing her a party;-) The play would be such a perfect opportunity for them to glimpse the other side of the gay marriage issue – they’ve all been Prop 8 supporters – which breaks my heart. I will definitely promote this play to everyone I know. Thanks for mentioning it on this website otherwise it may have come and gone without my being aware it was playing just half an hour away from me.

  3. Sheryl Beckett says:

    Sheri,

    Glad that you enjoyed it. It is such a emotional play. If you can’t take your kids to the play, how about giving them each Carol Lynn Pearson’s “No More Goodbyes.” I think that reading her first book “Goodbye I Love You” and working with (and going to parties of) gays and lesbians helped me become the liberal that I am. I don’t know how anyone can read her books or see that play and not understand that sexual orientation is not a conscious choice. In addition to my son being gay, I have a great nephew that is gay and cousin that is lesbian (I’ve never met her). Makes me wonder about those unmarried uncles of my dad’s.

    Anyway, I encourage everyone who can to go see Facing East. When it was playing in San Francisco last summer, most (perhaps all) of the stake leaders in Carolyn’s stake went to the play. Somehow, I don’t think my stake leaders would have done so (not from some of the talks that were given by stake leaders prior to the election). I always said my ward was very right wing and after talking with a friend in an Oakland ward, I know I’m right. In her ward Prop 8 was not discussed in Sunday School classes and the only thing from the Pulpit was the letter(s) that the bishop was to read. In addition, they had the attorney who wrote the rebuttal to the Pro Prop 8 literature do a fireside.

    Sheryl

  4. Sheri says:

    Sheryl,
    Great advice. I gave all my kids No More Good Byes and Embracing Coincidence for Christmas. I think they have yet to read them (mostly out of fear.) It sounds like your friend in Oakland has a GREAT ward. Was it Morris Thurston who did their fireside? I use his rebuttal (with his permission of course) in my book The Spell of Religion and the Battle Over Gay Marriage, which I’m hoping will be released by the end of this month. I’m waiting on the final proof as we speak. Thanks for all your great feedback and for your actions for equality.
    Blessings to you and yours.
    Sheri

  5. Sheri says:

    P.S. to my last post. I’d written Carol Lynn after seeing the play and mentioned this to her and thought I had here as well, but noticed just now I hadn’t. My husband and I took a lesbian friend of ours to see Facing East. She just happens to be the little sister of one of my best friends from High School (in Utah). She called me the next day to say after watching the play she found a suicide note she had written many years ago and it was chilling to read see how it paralleled the play in many ways. Fortunately her parents were loving and supportive when she came out to them and that’s what kept her from killing herself. I also tell a little of her story in my book.

  6. Laura says:

    There are folks right now trying to bring Facing East to the movie screen so it will be available to a larger audience.

    If you’re interested in the details, drop us a line at mormonsformarriage (at) gmail (dot) com and we can connect you with the folks involved.