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Marriage amendment inspires locally-written play

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Brendan Carter and Tony Moore star in Ron Hasson's 'One Up.' Brendan Carter and Tony Moore star in Ron Hasson's 'One Up.'
The cast rehearses for 'One Up' at the Brown Coat Pub & Theatre. The cast rehearses for 'One Up' at the Brown Coat Pub & Theatre.
'One Up' runs until June 30 at the Brown Coat Pub & Theatre. 'One Up' runs until June 30 at the Brown Coat Pub & Theatre.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A locally written play about a non-traditional love story has debuted at the Brown Coat Pub & Theatre.

Playwright Ron Hasson says Amendment One inspired him to write his play One Up.  The amendment defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

In the show, two men, one gay and one straight, deal with their feelings for each other.  At the same time, some of the characters are organizing a rally against Amendment One.

"A vote to deny a personal, private freedom to a whole class of citizens was the last thing I expected to inspire a play," said Hasson in a news release.  "But when it happened, the writing started. I guess I wanted to put my perspective into the mix."

While there is a political undertone to this play, the cast says it doesn't push one particular agenda.

"It's almost like a polite debate about it," said actor Tony Moore.  "So you have people asking questions to the other characters, so you see all sides of it.  I think the best part for people that have strong opinions is to come see a show that might not change your opinion, but you might be able to better sympathize with what you may not agree with."

One Up

  • June 21-22, 28-29
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • June 23, 30
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Brown Coat Pub & Theatre
  • 111 Grace St.

For tickets, call (910) 233-9914.

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