Yes, the radio broadcast/podcast was what I was listening to when I realized I needed to see the play. I snagged one of the last tickets. It was presented in a small, black box theater—there were just 75 of us in the audience. I think the average age of the audience members was 60-65 years old, which surprised me. There were only a few same-sex couples who sat together—a few more split up to watch, which made me sad, but that’s the reality for some in Salt Lake City.
The gut-wrenching climax occurs when the audience comes to understand that the stake president presiding over the “court of love” is actually the protagonist’s father, and that the protagonist has decided to attend the court* in order to “be there” for his father in a way the father has not been able to be there for him, although the father is torn apart by the situation.
In the end, we see that both men are deeply hurt by the church’s policies, and that the church, despite its lip-service to the idea that Families are Forever, brings about a great deal of human suffering in the name of who-knows-what (“patriarchal order?”). The play is not an angry, one-sided protest against the church, it is a thought-provoking work of art that asks deep questions and reveals uncomfortable realities.
Very well done.
*(Attendance at a church court proceeding is not mandatory, and quite often the person who is called into a court has been alienated from the church for some time and chooses not to attend.)