CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Dramatic Club Theatre hopes to expand the conversation about gay marriage with its fall program, the 2017 Short Play Festival.

The program consists of short plays and monologues about gay marriage and will feature the collection “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.” The CDC plans to explore gay marriage in settings that include professional life and divorce, with an emphasis on the impact of the 2015 Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage.

“We are presenting the ‘Standing on Ceremony’ collection together with other short plays about gay marriage to explore what the institution of gay marriage, and the work and struggle to get there, continues to mean to so many in light of that great milestone,” co-producer and co-director Edgar Hidalgo said.

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Additionally, 50 percent of the proceeds from each performance will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The GLSEN aims to create safe and affirming schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

This will be the second time that the CDC Theatre produces a benefit event.

“My hope is that a benefit/charity event such as these will become an annual event at the CDC Theatre,” Hidalgo said.

The event will be directed by five directors, David Christopher, Alan Van Antwerp, Mary Webb, Howard Whitmore and Hidalgo. Elizabeth Howard serves as co-producer. The cast consist of fifteen actors that will rotate through comedic and dramatic performances that last between four and 10 minutes.

“The audience will laugh, shed the occasional tear, laugh again and celebrate the love, heartache, absurdity and triumph of gay marriage,” Hidalgo said.

The collection will be run from September 7 to September 9 with performances at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.