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Play takes on agony of gay Mormons

By Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times
At the beginning of her new play, “Facing East,” Walnut Creek writer Carol Lynn Pearson places her main characters, a middle-aged Mormon couple, in a cemetery. Their gay son has killed himself.

“This is the grave of my son, Andrew Isaac McCormick,” says his father, Alex. “None of us … knew him.”

The play – opening off-Broadway in New York City this summer – takes on the divide between Mormon family loyalty and the faith’s belief that homosexuality offends God.

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