The Coming Out Monologues: Bringing a brave community together

Members and allies of Calgary’s Queer community celebrate resilience together at Fourth Annual U of C Coming Out Monologues

There is nothing more beautiful than a packed amphitheatre full of people who emanate positivity and unconditional support for each other; the U of C Boris Roubakine theatre was packed with such a crowd last night. The smiles, tears, and laughter that the audience shared as the brave participants performed was a perfect reminder of why our community is so valuable and how live theatre can reach behind our walls.

Members of our This is How I Left cast with James Demers (monologue performer) and his partner Sarah at The 4th Annual Coming Out Monologues. James spent a rehearsal with our Ensemble enlightening us about transgender issues.
Members of our This is How I Left cast with James Demers (monologue performer) and his partner Sarah at The 4th Annual Coming Out Monologues. James spent a rehearsal with our Ensemble enlightening us about transgender issues.

Each performer opened a window to their soul for complete strangers in the hopes that their experience would resonate, and they certainly did. Participants made themselves vulnerable because they believed their coming out story should be told and they were right to think this. The experiences shared on stage were simple and complex, funny and tragic, and all of them immensely meaningful. The perseverance of the queer community through incredibly tough circumstances rang out loud and clear last night and we were deeply moved.

What happens when your parents no longer speak to you when you come out?
How does a gay daughter accept her gay father?
How do walls we’ve built to protect ourselves finally come down so we can truly love?
When do we start being capable of accepting ourselves?
Will anything ever feel “exactly right”? 

These and many other questions asked last night mirrored to us our humanity and its unresolvedness.  They reminded us that no matter who we are, who we love or how much struggle we’ve been through to get where we are, we share common ground—pain, pleasure, love, friendship—and we do so together. That togetherness was exactly what queer allies and the queer community alike came together to reinforce at these performances.

We at Third Street Theatre were so honoured to participate in the Fourth Annual U of C Coming Out Monologues. The leadership team’s support for our company and what we strive to do is a testament to the inclusivity of the Monologues and the hospitality of this community. Special thanks to Aleesha Bray & Mads Hardy!

We strongly believe that through the intimacy of live theatre, people’s lives can be transformed and common ground between contrasting opinions can be explored. We are so grateful for our Calgary community and we look forward to sharing many more brave stories starting with This is How I Left, March 28-31, 2013.

– The Third Street Team

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