I wanted to attend my theatre friend Ben Abbott’s performance in Berkeley tonight, described in this press release:
Questions of the Heart: Gay Mormons and the Search for Identity
By Ben Abbott
Time and Materials
adapted by Elijah Guo from the poems of Robert Hass
Zellerbach Room 7
March 31 and April 1, 2011 at 8 pm
April 2, 2011 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Spring 2011 will see a double bill of exciting undergraduate work. Elijah Guo and a team of writer-actors will create stories based on their interactions with the language and beauty of Berkeley professor and poet Robert Haas’s brilliant collection Time and Materials for the stage, and Ben Abbott will look at intersections of gay and Mormon identity from original interviews with the community and those who touch and are touched by them in Questions of the Heart: Gay Mormons and the Search for Identity. Both are senior honors thesis projects.
Unfortunately, the play had sold out by the time I looked into getting tickets. I also felt it was important (personally, to me) to keep the container of an intensive weekend school class that ran today from 10am to 5pm and will continue tomorrow with the same hours… so I came home. However, I found an interview that Ben did with a friend about his piece, linked to here – and a review of sorts, here, so now I have them for posterity.