One of the great bonuses available in Geek Theatre for an actor is the chance to get to play the same character in several different plays, since geek genres lend themselves so well to sequels, trilogies, serials, etc. This is both a rare gift as an artist and also in real life…..those of us who worked on all 3 Team of Heroes plays got really really close and we still hang out, which can be rare once a play is over. Our assistant director even officiated Madam Mayhem’s wedding
So one day the actor that played The Cap’n (Jason Sharp) approached me and said he had a crazy idea. He wondered if I would be willing to marry him and his fiancé Jayson Potter with a puppet officiant. Naturally, I was totally on board with this (and I was already ordained, so that was no problem). We met a couple of times to talk about what sort of officiant and ceremony they would like, I sent them some sketches to choose from, had faux fur swatches sent to them so we could make sure we matched their ceremony colors, etc. And that eventually led to The Right Honorable Ruth Monster Ginsberg.
|Jason Sharp, The Right Honorable Ruth Monster Ginsberg and Jayson Potter. |
Photo by Ian Johnston, Dangerpants Photography
The hardest part about the whole thing was keeping it a secret. But somehow, we managed it. We had The Right Honorable Ruth Monster Ginsberg hidden in a box on the ceremony platform and after the Processional, I did the Welcome/Invocation and then paused and said it was now my privilege to introduce the actual Officiant and then, yeah, I brought out the puppet. We had no idea what that moment was going to be like, by the way. I think we were all a little afraid someone was going to storm out or something. But no, everyone totally embraced it.
Jayson and Jason were fully commited to the idea too, it wasn’t just tacked on. They had me work in a bit where they asked if this was even legal, so that Ruth could recite all the states where same-sex marriage has been legalized; they asked for me to have her linger awkwardly close to them after she gave them permission to kiss…and I constructed the part of the ceremony where you define marriage as “The ABCs of Marriage,” so it all made tons of sense…in a crazy geek way, of course.
I really don’t think this would ever have happened if we hadn’t spent three years working together on a superhero play.