Legacy, a play that explores the life of the descendant of one of the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will premiere at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, December 11th through 13th.
Legacy is the original work of Channing Sargent, a fifth-generation granddaughter of Brigham Young, who founded Salt Lake City and was an influential leader of the church.
Sargent, who wrote, directed and performs the play, says she spent several years delving into vast biographical resources on her grandfather and his church, and at the same time dissected a family tree that is “more entangled than is easily imaginable.”
In the play, she brings that research to the stage, questioning what it means to be female, non-Mormon and a descendent of Young.
In the process, Sargent says she discovered many compelling details of Mormon history and confirmed her own non-religious beliefs. The performance tells the complex story of her family ties and her personal relationship to Mormonism, religion, polygamy, and the state of Utah.
Sargent examines the effect that the practice of polygamy had on the women in her own family and continues to have on the female experience in Mormon culture.
The writer/director says she aims to take the audience on a journey that examines legend, identity, family, community, industry, and the dynamic relationship between women and the Mormon tradition.
Tickets are on sale for $15 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/85810/.