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'Sunlight': World Premiere
Fri 11 November 2016, 19:30 – 21:30 GMT
A new play exploring society's conceptions of sexuality and gender
"You must stay in the sunlight, because the darkness will kill you."
Deeply wounded from their upbringing in dysfunctional families, two young people seek to make their way in the world. Michelle and Bobby have never met, but their stories are remarkably similar. After experiencing isolation, broken promises, and pressure to conform to other people’s expectations of sexuality and gender, they each attempt to break free from society’s constraints and their own past to find true relational intimacy. Tragically, the backlash only gets worse, and nobody seems to understand. Based on true events, ‘Sunlight’ is an emotive and brutally honest account of life in the modern world.
The performance begins at 7.30pm
Ticket holders are welcome to attend an informal drinks reception from 6.30pm.
About the Writers:
Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked received international acclaim with her debut album, The Texas Campfire Tapes, a bootleg recorded around a festival campfire on a Sony Walkman cassette recorder. Her US debut came with the release of her 1988 album, Short Sharp Shocked, on college radio rotations around the country. Twice Grammy-nominated, she has been generating compelling lyrics and mnemonic melodies for thirty years. She is an outspoken advocate of artist rights and a fierce copyright defender, and continues to make music as an independent artist. Recently relocated to New York City, her latest album, Soul of My Soul (2009), is available on iTunes.
Prof. Bobby Lopez
Having previously served as Professor of English Literature and Classics at California State University, Robert Oscar Lopez is now Professor of Humanities at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bobby was raised by a lesbian couple, an experience which informs his writing of Sunlight. He is author of The Colorful Conservative, Johnson Park, Melville Affair and Gay Wars. He continues to be active as a researcher and writer, with over 100 columns in American Thinker, Federalist, First Things, Daily Caller, Barbwire, Ethika Politika, and elsewhere. He serves as President of the International Children’s Rights Institute.
About the Actors:
Michael J. Mainwaring
Michael J. Mainwaring has extensive experience in the theatre. He has done acting, musical performance, and dance in such venues as the Olney Theater, the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, Harbour Lights Theatre, and Strathmore Hall. In 2006, he performed a duet on stage for President and Mrs. George W. Bush. He feels privileged to have worked with notable celebrities like Rita Moreno, Tom Selleck, and Boyz II Men.
Amber Flores is a professional actress in the Dallas- Fort Worth area. She has been seen onstage with Trinity Shakespeare Festival in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, and Merry Wives of Windsor. Other shows she's done include: Godspell at the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas and Lovers and Executioners (Constance) at Circle Theatre, both in Fort Worth, Texas. Amber is proud to be a graduate of TCU with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and honoured to be represented by the Mary Collins Agency. She is happily married as of September 2016.