Steinbach Neighbours for Community presented Still Listening:Voices Among Us tofull houses on October 28 and 29, 2016 at the SRSS Theatre in Steinbach.
Voices Among Us is a collection of stories as told by people living in our community. These stories, delivered through theatre, poetry and music, represent a wide range of people, some who identify as LGBTTQI*; other accounts come from family, friends and allies. Each story is being lived by the person who was willing to share their narrative with us and with you, our audience.
The play was well received, and comments included large measures of gratitude for the strides being made in making room for conversation in our community.
Steinbach Neighbours For Community, along with Steinbach Pride, invited the public to attend a vigil in response to the June 12th massacre in Orlando, Florida, in which forty-nine people were killed and more than fifty wounded while attending a gay nightclub. The event, which drew 200 people, included speeches from several local and provincial spokespeople, as well as the reading of the names of the victims.
Steinbach Neighbours for Community brought “Listening for Grace” to the city in an endeavour to open up a grace-filled dialogue about the LGBTTQ* presence in our community. Produced by Ted Swartz, Listening for Grace is a compelling and enlightening play that follows the story of a widowed father whose son has just come out as gay. Through his relationships with his son, an estranged cousin, people in his church and a pastor who deals with issues of sexuality in the Bible, the main character is challenged by many different viewpoints and experiences.
The advance billing was so well received that SNFC had to add a second show. About 375 people attended.