Ten years after their historic wedding, Kevin and Theo host a dinner for their families. In their gorgeously renovated condo, they talk philosophy, overcook lasagna…and reveal the truth of their seemingly perfect relationship. A comedy about the tragedy of loving, starring Maulik Pancholy (Weeds, 30 Rock, Star Trek: Discovery).
Ken Urban’s work grapples with moral questions in theatrically adventurous ways. The Remains, which premieres at Studio in the 2017-2018 season, matches its formal boldness with Urban’s curiosity about the public consequences of private decisions. The seed for the play grew from personal experience, as he and his husband filed for divorce in 2015. “The irony of filing for a divorce just as all 50 states finally recognized my marriage did not escape me, and it raised a host of questions about what it means to be married, what it means to be divorced, and what it means to participate in this kind of social and civic institution as a gay man.” As his questions broadened, the possibility of a play that could encompass these questions began to coalesce.Read More
Covering topics ranging from genocide in Rwanda to the breakup of one of the first same-sex marriages in Massachusetts, Ken Urban’s writing explores the complex nexus of emotion, personal choices, and relationships—a nexus which exerts pressure on his characters and informs profound interactions in plays set far and wide. Complementing the breadth of his subjects is Urban’s extensive scope of dramatic styles, from abstract, dream-like expressions to more naturalistic renderings. What unites Urban’s diverse oeuvre, however, is his dialogue’s musicality and a sustained attention to emotional truths.Read More
Ken Urban’s plays range in their subject matter from genocide to gay divorce to extrajudicial interrogation to more intimate negotiations of monogamy, growing up, and shifting values. His work also ranges in style, dipping into expressionism, realism, and dream-logic in various forms. On stage, these plays take diverse and theatrically exciting forms.Read More
Ten years ago, Theo and Kevin were two of the first men in America with the legal right to marry each other. Now the pair is maintaining a long-distance marriage—Theo works as a lawyer in their hometown of Boston, as Kevin pursues a professorship on the West Coast.Read More
In 2003, in preparation for the Defense of Marriage Act, the Government Accountability Office found 1,138 federal statutory provisions in which marital status is a factor in determining or receiving benefits, rights, and privileges.Read More
On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to oversee a fully legalized gay marriage with the union of Tanya McCloskey and Marcia Kadish. On December 3, 1639, the Massachusetts Bay Colony had also become the first territory in the new world to legalize divorce with the case of Mr. and Mrs. James Luxford. (Notably, the case was only heard and granted because Mr. Luxford had been discovered to been unlawfully married to two women at the same time—his punishment included forfeiting his wealth to Mrs. Luxford and eventual banishment back to England.)Read More