A powerhouse team of young performers is producing a new theater, music and dance work that examines the lives of same-sex couples and their families. Created by the Flower Shop Project (FSP), inspired by the mission and research of Project 515, with dancer and independent artist Bryan Gerber taking a lead role, the show illuminates the ways in which same-sex couples are denied equal rights and considerations under Minnesota law. The title of the show? In Minnesota, there are at least 515 laws that discriminate against families of same-sex couples.
Local writers Matthew Everett and Sarah Howes, and songwriters Eric Mayson and SvenErik Olsen wrote text and music drawn drawn from the 515 Minnesota statutes. Systemic discrimination, and how to overcome it, is the theme of the evening, which includes dance numbers choreographed by Gerber. Brenna Jones directs.
The ensemble also includes Shannon Troy Jones, Jennifer Kudelka, Claire Lloyd, Adam B. Moore, Kecia Rehkamp, Paul Rutledge, Sarah Wojciechowski-Prill and John Zeiler. In the end, the show hopes to celebrate a world in which all Minnesotans are equally valued and respected under the law.