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Theatre offers play about LGBTQ+ experience


“In these days of so much anti-LGBTQ+ violence and rhetoric, this play offers understanding of the real people and families affected,” said Jan Wolfe, playwright of “Out of the Closet and Into the Fire,” which will be produced at the Black Box Theatre Jan. 7 and 8.

Wolfe, who is from El Paso and wrote the play in 2009,  said all characters are based on real stories told or sent to Wolfe by real people, PFLAG said in a news release. New stories have been added this year and will continue to be added to keep the play relevant.

The two-act production includes stories like “The Wrong Wedding,” “The Boy Within,” “The Mother,” “The Fairy Tale,” “The Bigot,” “The Violinist” and “The Peacock,” among others.

“Out of the Closet and Into the Fire” is “a moving play about the LGBTQ+ experience,” PFLAG said.

Wolfe also directs the play and started Framed Wolfe Productions in 2006. The company has produced improv, theatre and theatre workshops. Wolfe and her husband, Chet Frame, “have many awards for acting, directing and stage design at the El Paso Playhouse and other theatres,” the news release said.

Cast members playing multiple roles include Paul Enriquez, Carlos de La Garzas Garcia, Aaron Setliff, Carmen M. Seda, Lisa Shay Wolfe, Daniella Zalace-Seda and Kate Keyser.

Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. Downtown.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors ages 65-plus. Tickets are available at www.no-strings.org.

All proceeds benefit PFLAG Las Cruces.

PFLAG celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023. PFLAG Las Cruces was started more than 25 years ago “by concerned parents and family members wanting to help build awareness of the needs of LGBTQ + loved ones. We have served to support queer individuals and their families, educate about issues facing the LGBTQ + community and advocate on behalf of queer folx at the local, state and national levels.”

Visit https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-las-crucesdona-ana.