EX-GAYS: NOT A STR8 REMOUNT
September 14 - 30, 2017
at SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 West 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Written by Eric F. Avery
Directed by Laura Leffler
Created with Umbrella Collective and the ensembles
It's CAMP. It's SATIRE. It's a CAMP SATIRE.
Set in fictional Camp Str8-N-Arrow, Ex-Gays: Not a Str8 Remount follows Pastor Brian and the rest of the camp staff as they help campers turn off their homosexual feelings and turn on their love of the heterosexual life. Through the lens of satire, Umbrella Collective takes a humorous and thoughtful look at the devastating effects of homophobia and religious zealotry.
Ex-Gays is a little miracle. It works as a comedy, it works as a drama. It also works as an act of protest against not just the extreme (though very real) sites of "conversion therapy," but against more common microaggressions and exclusionary assumptions. It's a polished production that hits a raw nerve, and it's a powerful experience. - Jay Gabler, City Pages
Learn more about the Counselors of Camp Str8-N-Arrow* at campstr8narrow.weebly.com
*Special Note: Camp Str8-N-Arrow is camp in the way that Richard Simmons is camp.
CONTENT WARNING: Ex-Gays: Not a Str8 Remount is satire. While Camp Str8-N-Arrow is not real, many of the themes discussed during the show are very real. And very harmful. These themes include homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and religious zealotry. The production also contains frank sexual language. Also, cake. Recommended for audiences 16+.
Here's what folks said about the original 2011 production:
The show was wonderful. Hilarious, campy, silly, full of improv and scripted moments, but also packed a punch, revealing the devastating emotional consequences of this kind of thinking and the damage it can do to people who are duped by misguided religious zealotry. It's a solid, well-produced and executed piece of sociopolitical art. I absolutely recommend it.
- Adam Whisner, MN Playlist
Ex-Gays is a well-constructed, adroitly paced evening of theater. [...] its a conversation in both comedy and drama that well all be better off continuing to have. Highly recommended
- Matthew Everett, TC Daily Planet
I can absolutely guarantee that if you see this show, when you go home, you are going to want to frost a cake.
- Lawrance Bernabo, Duluth News Tribune
Camp Associate Pastor Brian . . . Eli Purdom
Camp Associate Pastor Kim . . . Katherine Skoretz
Camp Music Director Patsy . . . Amber Davis
Camp Art Instructor Virginia . . . Alyssa Davis
Camp Psychologist Peter . . . Nick Wolf
Camp Technical Director Pam . . . Shannon McCarville
Camp Admin Assistant Sam . . . MJ Kedrowski
Camp Intern Alex . . . Courtney Stirn
Camp Intern Harper . . . Nissa Nordland
Camp Intern Ricky . . . Matthew Englund
Writer . . . Eric F. Avery
Director . . . Laura Leffler
Assistant Director . . . Meghan Gunderson
Designer . . . Hannah K. Holman
Marketing Manager . . . Alana Horton
ASL Interpreters . . . Asher Edes, Ico Ahyicodae
September 14 at 7:30 PM
September 15 at 7:30 PM *
September 16 at 7:30 PM *
September 17 at 2:00 PM
September 18 at 7:30 PM
September 21 at 7:30 PM
September 22 at 7:30 PM *
September 23 at 7:30 PM *
September 24 at 2:00 PM
September 28 at 7:30 PM
September 29 at 7:30 PM *
September 30 at 7:30 PM *
* ASL Interpretation will be offered Fridays and Saturdays.
Audience members using ASL services are welcome to use the code CampASL for discounted tickets.