On Friday, June 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm, the City of Plainfield will continue its celebration of LGBT Pride Month with a staged reading of the comedy Five Husbands Directed by Rodney Gilbert, written by Award-winning playwright and Plainfield resident B.V. Marshall. The presentation will take place in the Theater Space at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, located at 724 Park Avenue in Plainfield.
Five Husbands details the travails of Oliver, the owner of a small boutique who, despite being successful in other areas of his life, prefers to sleep with unavailable men. The new legality of marriage equality notwithstanding, Oliver rejects marriage and celebrates his independence with his best friend Sally, who is equally free–wheeling. When another man from their mutual past returns, it sets in motion a series of events that forces Oliver to examine his fear of commitment to a relationship, the men in his life and his own views towards commitment.
A member of the Dramatists Guild, playwright B.V. Marshall has received fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Victor Bumbalo/Robert Chesley award for LGBTQ playwriting and four playwriting awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His full-length plays include The Red Train Café at Interact Theatre (Philadelphia) and Pride Film and Plays (Chicago), One Legged Race at Playwrights Theatre of NJ, The Balcony Goat (O’Neill Conference semi-finalist) at Luna Stage (NJ), and Henry’s Bridge at Theatre for a New City (NYC). Marshall’s short plays have been produced around the country. Most recently, his play, Incident at Willow Creek won the Bauer-Boucher award from Kean University and received its first professional reading at Writers Theatre of NJ.
“I am proud to support this event which not only showcases the immense talent to be found here in Plainfield, but also provides a platform for our LGBT community to be highlighted,” said Mayor Adrian O. Mapp. “We are committed to building a more unified Plainfield and events such as these serve to pull us closer.”
This reading, hosted by Plainfield Council President Rebecca Williams, is being co-sponsored by the city council and the Office of Community Development under the leadership of Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, and is being produced by Yendor Productions. “I am very excited to be a part of this event for LGBT Pride Month,” stated Council President Williams, the only openly gay member of the city council. “Plainfield has a large and very diverse LGBT population, and we are happy to celebrate our artists with events such as this.” The staged reading will be followed by a reception with refreshments and conversation in the Parish Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the lot across from the Unitarian Society.