Recognizing Ourselves: Ceremonies of Lesbian and Gay Commitment

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OLD SYMBOLS, NEW TRADITIONS

It started off as a theatrical performance, a series of sketches generated by the ensemble at Theatre Rhinoceros, a gay/lesbian repertory theater company in San Francisco. Jumping the Broom, the production that played at the theater in the fall of 1993, celebrated and lampooned the politics and culture of gay weddings and relationships, offering vignettes and monologues on domestic partnership, formal weddings, making contracts and wills, and a host of other topics suggested by the wider theme of gay marriage. While the show was ignored by the mainstream press during its successful run, it was lauded by gay critics and played to enthusiastic audiences from around the Bay Area. 1

Associate artistic director Doug Holsclaw's expectation at the start of the three-year process leading up to the final production was that the

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