Seven Passages:  The Stories of Gay Christians

This play was made in collaboration with actors and a team of writers in 2007, but the interviews were conducted over four years.  It played to sold out audiences at Actors' Theatre Grand Rapids, and then was performed by students of Western Michigan University, under my direction, and we toured it to the Lambeth conference in Canterbury, UK in 2009 where many church leaders had the chance to see and discuss it.  Subsequently a film was made of it, which is available for purchase through Amazon.com.

Multimedia Production Design
Multimedia Production Design

Four moveable screens, live cameras, front and rear projection.

The passages
The passages

The play moved through the seven passages of scripture traditionally used to keep LGBTQ identifying people from being a part of the church.

Winter landscape
Winter landscape

This story tells about a woman who came out as a lesbian after forty years of marriage, and after her daughter committed suicide

A moment of coming out
A moment of coming out

Each character tells their story of coming out. The actors played more than 28 characters.

Animation
Animation

This slide was animated and appeared as the actor spoke the words. A story about oppression of gay men in the dorms of a Christian college.

Reconciling with the church
Reconciling with the church

Here we witness the story of a man who uses his life to reconcile with the church and change it.

Lifelong oppression
Lifelong oppression

Some of the stories we collected were from men and women who had stayed in marriages, hiding their feelings and identities for years. Many of these stories were anonymous.

Beautiful story of finding love
Beautiful story of finding love

In this story of two boys falling in love while camping reveals that no matter how much the church oppresses people, there is a place for love within it.

Deep oppression
Deep oppression

This young woman finds God on her own, through her own seeking. She endured bullying and abuse as a young lesbian woman.