Open Doors Musical and Pizza
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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First United Methodist Church of Modesto
850 16th Street
Modesto, CA 95354

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(209) 522-9046


Alyss M. Swanson

Mel stands outside his church, unable to go through the doors. His daughter Shauna just came out to him and now he’s conflicted. How can he love his daughter and stay true to his church? Outside those same doors stands Darius, a gay man wondering if he is welcome at this congregation. Joining them on stage are church members and outsiders who laugh, sing, and cry their way through this challenging conversation. “Doors Open”, a new musical by San Jose playwright Mark Teagle will be performed Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 850 16th Street in Modesto. The play explores the lives of a small group of people, both LGBTQ and straight, who struggle with what it means to be involved in their church while loving all the people in their lives. The musical-comedy “Doors Open” features 9 new original songs performed by a cast of twenty people based at Wesley UMC in San Jose. The show has been presented in churches in San Jose, Santa Rosa, Campbell, and San Francisco. Playwright/Composer Mark Teagle has written many musicals for churches and schools over the last 20 years. His works include “Epistle: God sends the Galatians a Letter”, “Torah: a Musical from the Exile”, “Baptizer”, “Mary and Joseph 1975”, “Christmas at the Mall”, and many more. He teaches music at Carden Day School and directs the choir at Wesley United Methodist Church, both in San Jose, CA. First United Methodist Church is located at 850 16th Street (corner of 16th and I Streets) in Modesto, a few short blocks from the Doubletree Hotel location of the 2018 California-Nevada Annual Conference. Admission is free and includes a pizza dinner! There is a suggested $10 donation but no one is turned away for lack of funds. RSVP for Doors Open at annual conference: