Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Video: The Laramie Project, St Stephen's Episcopal School, November 4 - 6

Found on-line at the site of St. Stephen's Episcopal School:

St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Austin TX

presentsLaramie Project St. Stephen's School AUstin TX

originated by the Tectonic Theatre Project

directed by Heather Huggins

Fri, Nov 4th at 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov 5th at 7:30 pm
Sun, Nov 6th at 4:30 pm

Temple Family Theatre, Helm Fine Arts Center, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, 6500 St. Stephen's Drive (click for map)

Father Mike Wallens and Director Heather Huggins will moderate a talk-back between the audience, members of the cast, and the St. Stephen's GSA following each performance. A school counselor will also be in attendance at each production.

On October 6th of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later. His torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture.

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A month after the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play "The Laramie Project", which has become one of the most performed plays in America in the last decade. The company later made the play into a film for HBO. The play and the movie combined have been seen by more than 50 million people around the world.

Parent Advisory: As "The Laramie Project" deals with sensitive and mature issues, we want to caution parents to familarize themselves with the material prior to either sending or bringing younger, middle school aged children to the play. It is not actually recommended for a younger audience, and we want you to be aware of the content.

Click to go to to read more about the production at St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Austin . . . .

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