The Anointed is a two-act play that tells the story of four high-profile ministers, each struggling with their own truths. The paradox for these ministers is that the very secret they wish to conceal could free them and many of their followers, but could also utterly destroy each of their ministries.
The play is inspired by interviews with very prominent, same-gender-loving, African-American spiritual leaders, namely: Bishop Yvette Flunder, Bishop Wyatt Greenlee, Reverend Kevin Taylor, Pastor Joseph Tolton and Marques Moore, an African-American survivor of several ex-gay ministries.
Our vision is for this play to be used as a tool to bring awareness to the African-American, religious and spiritual communities about the magnitude of this issue and to start a conversation about the intersection between sexuality and spirituality within these communities.
We wish to also bring healing to many in the African-American community who have been scarred by spiritual abuses in the church.
The Anointed is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
The Anointed was read as part of Union Theological Seminary’s Disruption & Breaking Free: Sexuality, Theology & The Black Church in New York City on February 16th, 2013 and as part of NYC Black Pride’s programing August 16th, 2013. Click HERE to read about GBM News’ article about The Anointed at Union Seminary and HERE to read GLAAD Media’s post about our NYC Black Pride presentation.
After the reading there was an informative panel discussion, which included Frank Leon Roberts, Rev Melvin Miller, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Edgar Rivera Colon and moderator Josef Sorett. Click the links below to view this discussion and photos of the event.
The Anointed was first developed as a 10-minute piece at The Fire This Time Festival in 2010. The 10-minute version recently won the All Our Art’s Fresh Fruit Festival short play contest.