Walking Shadows Theatre Co. and Out North present:
AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE AND RECEPTION:
by Topher Payne
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3 PM
Perfect Arrangement was inspired by the “lavender scare” of the early 1950s, in which hundreds of Americans were fired from government jobs amid accusations of “moral corruption”- an official euphemism for homosexuality. Perfect Arrangement introduces us to the U.S. Department of State employees assigned to develop the criteria for identifying and removing these security risks: Director of Personnel Bob Martindale and his secretary, Norma Baxter.
Unbeknownst to the Department, Bob and Norma are themselves closeted - they’ve married each other’s partners, Jim and Millie, as a cover. In order to maintain the façade for visitors, the Martindales and the Baxters have created lives as perfect as a 50s sitcom- right down to the corny jokes and occasional product placements. But when an employee discovers their secret and threatens exposure, the group discovers how difficult maintaining the illusion can be.
Walking Shadows Theater Company and Out North Contemporary Art House are proud to present an encore performance of “Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne in support of Identity, a local nonprofit with a mission to advance Alaska’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community through advocacy, education and connectivity. Identity’s mission of equality and acceptance are themes that are explored in Mr. Payne's timely and provocative play. This benefit performance is being done with special permission from Mr. Payne.
Last week the State of Alaska announced that it joined the amicus brief supporting the ban on same sex marriage. The decision to oppose the ruling on Hamby v. Walker, which granted LGBT Alaskans the right to marry is wrong and discriminates and demeans LGBT Alaskans and their families. The action on the part of the State denies a specific minority group the fundamental right to marry. This performance is our way of joining hundreds of others in standing up against this State action by holding a fundraiser to support Identity, a local organization that works towards educating and advocating for the rights of LGBT Alaskans. All proceeds from the performance will go to benefit Identity.
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