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Organizers add 3rd show for popular ‘Coming Out Monologues’

UToday HomeMarch 11, 2013

By Casey Blais

The cast and crew from Coming Out Monologues, March 2012.The cast and crew from Coming Out Monologues, March 2012.The fourth incarnation of the Coming Out Monologues returns to the University of Calgary March 13, 14 and 15 — bigger and better than ever before.

Made up of theatre, song, dance, rap, spoken word and more, the Coming Out Monologues is a theatrical event that provides individuals with the opportunity to share their stories and experiences as they relate to the idea of coming out.

“It’s a fun and interactive evening that’s really for everyone,” says Aleesha Bray, one of the organizers of the event. “The Coming Out Monologues is all about learning through sharing stories. People think that their stories might not have similarities, but there can be a lot of similarities in peoples’ experiences and that can be a real connection point for community building.”

The popularity of last year’s performances, which were sold out in advance, inspired organizers to add a third show this year.

“We have expanded the show quite a bit in creating all original monologues,” say Bray. “Each performance is the performer’s original story. It really shows the diversity of experience of coming out.”

This year, the Coming Out Monologues will also include a free educational panel session held on Saturday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Panel topics will cover a range of issues that affect the GLBTQA community at-large. Experts from campus and the greater Calgary community will discuss ally-building, inclusive language, homelessness, youth and homophobia and the importance of gay/straight alliances in high schools. The event — presented by Leadership and Student Engagement, with the support of dedicated students and community volunteers — is free and open to the public. Register for the panel discussion on Facebook.

The Coming Out Monologues takes place March 13 - 15 at the Boris Roubakine Theatre, Craigie Hall C 105. Doors open at 730 p.m.: Show at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available online. It is recommended you buy tickets early for this event as organizers expect the performances will sell out.

Half of the proceeds from this year’s performances will go the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, an organization that offers a variety of counselling and education services on sexual health for people of all ages.


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