SDF#3 The Laramie Project

 15 May
 Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
 100 Amsterdam Ave - 10023 - New York - United States
 Sam Stratton
Come see The Laramie Project: Friday May 15th at 7:30 pm Saturday May 16th at 2 pm & 7:30 pm Sunday May 17th at 5pm Get your tickets at: 25$ For Adults, 15$ For Students I ask you who watch in darkness Can there be any ending but this? Can there ever be any ending but this? (Euripides, Medea). October 6th, 1998, Matthew Shepard was taken, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He was 21 years old. He was a student, a friend, a brother, and a son. He was also gay and targeted because he was gay. On October 12, 1998 Matthew Shepard died. On November 14th 1998, the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project took action. Members of the company traveled to Laramie, Wyoming and conducted interviews with the people of the town and came back to NYC and wrote The Laramie Project. More than 30 million people worldwide have seen The Laramie Project. The creation of The Laramie Project is one of the many positive ways Americans responded to this horrific anti-gay hate crime. Matthew’s murder exposed the inexplicable consequences of hatred and homophobia and it exposed the power of love. It generated an activist movement that more than a decade later, would result in passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law against bias crimes directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people. Matthew’s life charged us to replace hate and bias with compassion, education, hope and action. It required us to stand up and examine ourselves and say enough. Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother hoped her son’s story would “empower individuals to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach, advocacy, and resources as a means to effect positive change”. She created the Matthew Shepard Foundation as a way stand up for the LGBT youth and the LGBT community. I am thankful that the resources of LaGuardia have been harnessed to tell this important story because I believe that with you watching, there can be a different ending. This is for our children. Mala Tsantilas Friday Night & Saturday Matinee Nasred Din (Dajana Alku) Carmen Berkeley Valor James Lynn (Valerie Conklin) Amedeo Corey Morgan Gardner Gjelina Gjini Nicole Gonzalez Max Piersol Jharrel Jerome Kaiser Roll (Grace Kaiser) Catherine Kenny Brock Lucas Willem Marx Rick Rocha Cornelia Silsbee Saturday Night & Sunday Matinee Olde Micbahnald (Mica Bahn) Nora DellaFera Morgan Gardner Nicole Gonzalez Jharrel Jerome Brock Lucas Willem Marx Julia McDermott Delfin GM (Delfin Meehan) Max Piersol Vive La Frances (Frances Raybaud) Rick Rocha Caroline AndHobbes (Caroline Russell) Rose Stoller Cornelia Silsbee Andres Rafael Torres Bacon Phatt (Phoebe Van Dusen) Directed: Mala Tsantilas Assistant Directed: Sam Stratton Stage Manager: Claudia Morano Assistant Stage manager: Zelda

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