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Confessions of a Gay Catholic

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Writer/performer Joe Jennison will bring his one-man show “Confessions of a Gay Catholic” to The Lingonberry, 218 West Water Street in downtown Decorah on Friday, April 27 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at Oneota Coop or at the door the night of the event.
The play is a series of true stories that track Jennison’s relationship with the Catholic Church, from his earliest memories as a 7-year-old until today. The play ultimately details his reconciliation with the church after 32 years away. The play will be followed by a brief talkback and reception with the actor/writer.
Jennison was born and raised in Iowa, the fourth of five children in a close, loving Catholic family. Despite feeling ostracized by the very church he was baptized in, he continues to attend and advocate for the church he loves. He is the director of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group. “Confessions of a Gay Catholic” is his 25th and most personal play to date.

“In 2011, I had a supernatural experience while attending confession,” said Jennison of his one-man show. “And I started to realize that my own personal story and struggle with my faith and my church is far more interesting than any fictional story I’ve ever written. These stories I tell are personal and true and are written and performed with honesty and love.”

Jennison has been writing and performing plays since 1985. His play “A Beautiful Man” was voted Best Play and Best Comedy at the 2003 San Francisco Fringe Festival. He also won the Dean Goodman Award for Best Play that same year. Some titles of his plays include “The Night I Kissed Osama bin Laden,” “Twinsburg,” “Cedar Rapids Famous” and “My Five Husbands,” and have been performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis. “Confessions of a Gay Catholic” was featured most recently in the Theatre Cedar Rapids Underground Play Festival.

The Friday, April 27, performance and reception at The Lingonberry is open to all, but seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at the Oneota Community Coop in downtown Decorah or contact: Shirley Vermace 563.419.2999 or Ruth Jenkins 319.504.5128.