Hands of Sodom is over

10/13/08

Well, Hands of Sodom is over. This show was really an interesting one, and I feel very lucky that I was a part of it. For those of you who haven’t been following along, it was the story of a girl during her senior year of High School in Utah, and how she comes out as a lesbian. The play is in 2 acts, and each act is really a story in and of itself, with 2 different possibilities of how events could play out.

This of course is not a popular theme in Utah, as it goes much further than just being about homosexuality, but I felt truly expressed, and perhaps even exposed, the true under-culture of Utah. It’s the side that no-one sees, and is never talked about. The side of closet drinking, and verbal, mental, emotional and physical abuse. What many people never see, and most never talk about, is the extreme oppression and pressure of a culture that is so centrally focused on a neo-conservative, restrictive religion. I belive that the area breeds a need, and almost a necessity to conform to what I like to refer to as the “Mold”. The perfect household of Father, Mother, and kids. The Father is the patriarch of the household, and makes all the final decisions. Mother keeps the house and nurtures the kids. Both Father and Mother hold callings in the church, and provide shining examples to all those who watch them (as everyone does). Each of the kids is prepping for a mission while attending seminary, institute, and serving callings in the church.

But while on the surface everything is perfect and “hunky-dory,” It’s virtually impossible to live within the confines of such demands. It’s this situation that drives so many to become closet (insert chosen vice here). Which is what Hands of Sodom truly speaks of to me. It brings to light the hypocrisy and facade of the Utah culture.

Anyway, I went on a big tangent there, but the point is I loved the show so much, and can’t give enough congrats to the playwright, Laekin Rogers, one of my best friends that I’ve known since High School. I’ll have to end this one for now, (the usual show-withdrawals are starting).

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by laek on October 30, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you eric.

    Reply

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