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Occurs on Saturday October 7 2023

Approximate running time: 2 hours


ArtSpring Theatre
100 Jackson Ave.
Saltspring Island BC V8K 2V8

Event Notes


Scott Merrick’s final performance before his Celebration of Life is a readers’ theatre presentation of Gently Down the Stream, written by acclaimed playwright Martin Sherman. Beau meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer, at the dawn of the internet dating revolution. After a life of disappointment and hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it. Beau is determined to keep his expectations low. But Rufus comes from a generation of men who believe happiness is as much their right as anyone else’s. What Beau assumed to be another fling grows into one of the most defining relationships of his life. Gently Down the Stream is a remarkably moving love story, reflecting the triumphs and heartbreaks of the entire length of the gay rights movement, celebrating and mourning the ghosts of the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.

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