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Seven Passages looks at homosexuality and religion

Jan. 25, 2008

KALAMAZOO--University Theatre at Western Michigan University tackles one of the deepest conflicts in contemporary culture with its first production of the spring, Feb. 7-23. Compiled by local playwright and guest director Stephanie Sandberg, "Seven Passages: The Stories of Gay Christians," tells the true stories of more than 100 gay and lesbian Christians living in southwest Michigan.

Show times for University Theatre's "Seven Passages"

Thursday, Feb. 7 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 -- 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 14 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 15 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 -- 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17 -- 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 22 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 -- 8 p.m.

All shows take place in York Arena Theatre at the WMU Gilmore Theatre Complex and will be followed by audience commentary and discussion.

"Seven Passages" is the result of interviews conducted over the last five years with more than 100 local gay and lesbian Christians. The production aims to open and facilitate a dialogue with the Christian community and clear a path for reconciliation. It also offers opportunity for education and evaluation on homosexuality and the church--a starkly relevant issue in today's society.

Guest artist Stephanie Sandberg directs the student cast of "Seven Passages," which includes Andrea Arvanigian, Brenna C. Cronin, Nathan Gregorski, Michael Lopetrone, Carmen Molina, Frank Williams and Scott Wiltsie. The creative team includes WMU students Kaitlyn Anderson, lighting designer, and Diana Conte, stage manager.

General admission seating for "Seven Passages" is $17, $12 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $7 for students. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at www.wmich.edu/theatre, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office, Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Group discounts are available.

Media contact: Jason Nuzzo, (269) 387-3227, jason.a.nuzzo@wmich.edu

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