Play explains gay life through humor, song
The Rev. Sandra Fairbanks of the Sierra Center for Positive Living in Grass Valley saw the play “Lavender Roses,” about seven lesbians, at a conference in Monterey in July and was floored.
“I’ve always considered myself pretty liberal, but I felt and heard things I’ve never felt before,” Fairbanks said. “They talk about their experiences and how it affected their families. It shows another perspective without making anyone wrong.”
After Fairbanks saw the show, she learned that Lynette Smith-James, president of the local organization Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays also had seen it and was similarly moved. They got together with Christine Allen of the Nevada County Chapter of Marriage Equality USA, and decided to bring it here.
The play shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge in Grass Valley. It is a series of vignettes written by 12 years ago by seven women from Santa Rosa, Calif., about their life experiences. Music will be performed by the nationally celebrated local organist Paul Perry, director of Music in the Mountains.
Two other faith centers, Unity of the Gold Country and the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, also are sponsoring the play.
“They use singing and humor just to say who they are,” Allen said of the cast members. “They are not pushing any kind of a political message. They just say ‘we’re human beings just like you are.”‘
The play is now performed all over Northern California by women who live in the upper part of the state.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4237.
WHAT: “Lavender Roses”
WHEN: Friday – Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m.; performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Elks Lodge, 109 S. School St., Grass Valley.
ADMISSION: $10 at door.
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