Third Street Theatre and Hillhurst United Church proudly present:
a play by Jonathan Brower
ONE NIGHT ONLY – special staged reading
“Step into a pivotal moment in the life of Tim, a gay man who has left the conservative church and reparative therapy behind to try and reconcile his faith and his sexuality. Paralyzed by his past, Tim stands at a crossroads where he must decide the future of his faith before it destroys him.”
Oblivion is a semi-autobiographical story that beautifully portrays the complexities and pain around faith and sexuality. In 2015 – a world where queer rights are increasingly finding a voice in Canadian society, it may seem like the most harm is behind us. But sadly, instead of becoming more inclusive, many religious communities are simply upholding their convictions behind closed doors. Behind these doors a war wages against being LGBTQ – painting it irreconcilable with faith. The options are few for LGBTQ people in these churches, and for those who must leave and want to maintain their faith, the road ahead is long and painful.
Meanwhile as inclusive and affirming churches extend a loving welcome to the queer community, those already deeply wounded by a belief system that historically has been anything but loving to them, find this offer difficult to accept. There are many sides to the story, many opinions and convictions that argue for airtime. In an effort to shed light on what it’s like to be in the cross hairs of all these perspectives about how to live the already delicate balance of life, sexuality and spirituality, comes this brave and breathtaking story.
Stay after the reading for Q&A with the artists including playwright and dramaturg/director!
Location: Hillhurst United Church