Ben Elling, a UNC sophomore who portrays George Washington in the performance, said using a theatrical format captures people’s attention and opens the door for interesting discussion on the topic.
“It’s such a unique way to protest the amendment and get the campus involved,” he said.
Kaplan said her play was inspired by “Prop 8: The Musical,” a video created in 2008 by a group of professionals and celebrities to oppose California’s Proposition 8, which aimed to ban gay marriage in the state.
After writing the play, Kaplan said she started looking for people to help develop the concept.
“I wrote the words and then I sent them to a friend who wrote the music. I have a friend who’s a dancer who helped me with the choreography,” she said.
Following the performance, a panel discussion will be held. Panelists include Maxine Eichner, a law professor at UNC; Brett Webb-Mitchell, an ordained minister and visiting associate professor of English and mass communication at N.C. Central University; and Stuart Campbell, executive director of Equality North Carolina.
Legislators who support the bill have said that putting the measure to referendum will allow voters to decide on it for themselves.
Supporters have also said that if passed, the amendment would protect traditional marriage.
But Danny DePuy, assistant director of UNC’s LGBTQ Center, said the amendment’s broad language would have implications beyond the LGBTQ community.
The performance is not the first act of opposition in Orange County this week. On Tuesday, county commissioners adopted a resolution opposing the amendment, stating the measure clashes with its goal of social justice.
Kaplan said Amendment One is a human rights issue that the community should not ignore.
“This is moving in the wrong direction,” Kaplan said.
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