My Big Gay Italian Wedding, by Anthony J. Wilkinson, will return for a limited run Off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street. Previews begin November 3.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding satirizes the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage while drawing on larger than life gay and Italian characters. Anthony Pinnunziato, a gay Italian-American from a large chaotic family, wants to marry his boyfriend Andrew Polinski in a traditional Italian ceremony. Anthony's overbearing mother won't give her blessing unless Andrew's estranged mother also gives her blessing and the ceremony is performed by a priest. Matters are further complicated by Andrew's ex-boyfriend, intent on breaking up the couple.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding premiered at the Actor's Playhouse in November 2003. On September 12, 2009, a revised and updated version of the play played a benefit performance at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, and then moved to St. Luke's Theatre in Manhattan in May 2010 for a sixteen month run.

During the run, the show hosted major celebrities to raise money and awareness for marriage equality and the Trevor Project. In January of 2011, Samuel French signed on to represent Wilkinson and license the show. So far the show has played in El Paso, Omaha, Louisville and is scheduled to play in five other major cities in 2013 including Los Angeles in January. Last spring My Big Gay Italian Wedding played in Edinburgh, Scotland during the Fringe Festival and for six weeks in London. After receiving high accolades the show was picked up for a UK tour that commenced in France this past May. The show continues to make its way across the globe and is scheduled to open in Hong Kong in October.

Beyond Broadway: "My Big Gay Italian Wedding"

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