LA JOLLA — On Oct. 12, La Jolla Playhouse will present a reading of the Tectonic Theater Project’s new work, “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later,” at 8 p.m. in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive.
This epilogue to the original piece will premiere the same day at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and at more than 100 other theaters in all 50 states, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia.
On Oct. 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo. He died six days later. His murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted the violence and prejudice lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face.
A month after the murder, 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 they later made into a film for HBO.
Tickets for “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” are $15. Proceeds from the Playhouse reading will benefit the Hillcrest Youth Center, a program operated under the auspices of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Tickets and information are available by calling (858) 550-1010 or online at www.lajollaplayhouse.org.
La Jolla Playhouse will host the only San Diego reading, helmed by acclaimed director Darko Tresnjak. The cast includes Doug Wright, Sam Woodhouse, Anne Marie Welsh, Mare Winningham, Robert Foxworth, Amanda Naughton, James Newcomb, Stark Sands, T. Ryder Smith and James Sutorius.
The epilogue focuses on the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the town of Laramie. It explores how the town has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate in the community.
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