THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER
SEPT. 21-OCT. 7
By Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber
Directed by Jennifer King
In 2002, the Napa Valley Conservatory Theater (NVCT) production of The Laramie Project, directed by NVCT Artistic Director and Napa Valley College professor, Jennifer King, became a theatrical phenomenon, breaking box office records and creating a call to community. This epilogue focuses on change, hope and healing as it is explores the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on Laramie and on the nation as a whole. A decade later, NVCT revisits the subject, opening the 2012/2013 season with The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. This epilogue focuses on the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the Wyoming town in which he lived—and on the nation as a whole. The play includes follow-up interviews with many of the show’s original subjects as well as comments from Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, and his murderer, Aaron McKinney.
Each performance will feature a special guest narrator. The schedule as of August 28 is: Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools on Friday, Sept. 21; Barry Martin, Community Outreach Coordinator, City of Napa and Co-Founder, Lucky Penny Productions on Saturday, Sept. 22; Kevin Courtney, City Editor, Napa Register on Sunday, Sept. 23; Paul Franson, Publisher and Editor, Napa Life Sept. 28; Whitney LeBlanc, author/producer/director on Saturday, Sept. 29; Ian Stanley, Program Director, Napa LBGTQ Program on Friday, Oct. 5; Kellie Fuller, singer, on Saturday, Oct. 6; and Joe Galambos, classical guitarist and NVC instructor on Sunday, Oct. 7. A post-show discussion moderated by Gregory Miraglia (Vice-President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board of Directors) will follow each performance.
In speaking of this play, Robert Bullen of the Huffington Post commented, “It's why we go to the theatre, folks. It slaps us awake and forces us to examine how we can support change not only as individuals, but as a community.”
Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29, Oct. 5, &6 at 8pm; Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7 at 2pm
$20 general, $15 sen/stu/mil