Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Laramie Project Historic Return

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death the Iron Crow Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland is launching its 2018/19 “Season of Becoming” with a production of the groundbreaking & award-winning The Laramie Project written by Moisés Kaufman & the members of Tectonic Theater Project September 14th to 23rd. Sean Elias, Iron Crow Theatre’s Artistic Director stated, “The Laramie Project means so much, to so many, especially as we mark two decades since Matthew’s murder became the focus of international attention & shined a light on anti-LGBTQ hates crimes like never before. We’re honored to be able to partner with the internationally recognized Tectonic Theatre Project, the creators of The Laramie Project, along with other prominent members of the queer community at large to help us connect our production here in Baltimore to others taking place across the country & to Matthew’s legacy." In October 1998 Matthew Shepard a twenty-one-year-old openly gay student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, beaten, tortured & left to die tied to a fence in the middle of a prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, simply for being gay. Matthew’s murder brought national & international attention to the lack of hate crime legislation across the nation & forced a small community to wrestle with its identity on both the local & national levels. There will also be additional programming throughout the run including a staged reading of the rarely performed sequel to The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation & welcoming Cathy Renna, former communications director for GLAAD, to discuss her experiences on assignment in Laramie, Wyoming at the time of Matthew’s death.
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