The Ottawa Fringe Festival starts this Thursday and runs through June 26th. One of the plays, entitled Complex Numbers, deals with open relationships. Complex Numbers is written by Nadine Thornhill and directed by Ken Godmere of Silent QUEMB Productions.
The play is described as "an unconventional romantic comedy about making love work." Thornhill was inspired by Opening Up and strove to depict "an honest yet positive story about an ordinary couple that have chosen to open up their marriage." The synopsis reads:
As a mathematician, Fiona knows how to find answers for complicated problems… except when it comes to her relationships. As she tries to solve the equation of first dates + kinky sex + commitment, she learns that the best solutions aren't always the obvious ones.
Go check out Complex Numbers at the Ottawa Fringe Festival!
Salt Lake City's City Weekly currently features an extensive, very in-depth cover story about non-monogamy in Utah. This exceptional story -- written by a man who is poly himself -- profiles a litany of poly relationships from triads to quads, and even a 74-year-old real estate investor and former Mormon bishop who is now poly after a 48-year monogamous marriage.
One woman, a former Mormon, has this to say about being poly.
Coming into who I really am while breaking out of what my parents and my bishop thought I should be and doing what moves me has been awesome. I love loving how I love. I love being how I am. I think I'm one of the luckiest women in the world, and I'm surrounded by intelligent, spiritual, loving people.
Utah is not the most friendly place for polyamorists; it has a law against co-habitation (as part of its anti-bigamy statute), and an "at-will" employment law which allows employers to terminate the job of someone who is outed as poly. But the article plugs the Utah Polyamory Society, which holds meetings and other events meant to bring together polyamorous Utahns.
The article closes with a lovely summation of polyamory.
. . . for those willing to explore beyond what's conventional (and probably incur some of society's disapproval in the process), polyamory is a fast-paced course in self-discovery, a laboratory for overcoming self-defensive reactions like jealousy, and a yoga studio for deep soul stretching.
On Thursday, June 9, Tristan will be appearing on the Michael Baisden Show talking about her book, Opening Up, and the ins and outs of open relationships! The show topic is "Forsaking All Others: Is monogamy for everybody? Or should an open relationship be an option?", and hosts Michael Baisden and George Willborn are going to be exploring a variety of perspectives on non-monogamy. You can listen to the show on over 70 stations across the US (the full listing is here) or listen in, live or recorded, at the show website.