In October, 1998, a 21 year old man was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die in the middle of a prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, because he was gay. His name was Matthew Shepard.
Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of the crime. They conducted more than 200 interviews with people directly connected to the case and with citizens of Laramie.
Kaufman and his team constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews, their own journals, news reports and their own experiences. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. It is divided into three acts, and an ensemble of actors portrays more than sixty characters in a series of momentary scenes and monologues.
Stage Door Inc. will be performing this beautiful and moving piece and has partnered with the Matthew Shepard Foundation to collect donations during the run of the show. All donations will be given to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. They hope that this show and these donations will help spread love and understanding throughout their community.
The Laramie Project opens on the 13th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard's tragic death, Friday, October 12, 2012 and runs, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm, through November 4, 2012. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors or students with ID. Group rates are available for all performances.
Reserve seats by phone at (832) 582-7606 or pay online at www.stagedoorinc.com.
Saturday, October 20th will be Stage Door's OUT@SDI night. Starting at 7:00pm before the 8:00pm show there will be complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks in the lobby for GLBT audience members, their friends and family.
In conjunction with the Houston Arts Alliance, there will be a FREE performance of The Laramie Project on Thursday, October 18th. Reservations are highly suggested.
Stage Door Inc. is a local, community theatre located inside the Pasadena Town Square Mall. Voted Best Family Entertainment Venue in Pasadena for the last two years in a row by Pasadena Citizen readers, Stage Door is a true "community" theater. They partner with the Pasadena Strawberry Festival and are proud members of both the Pasadena and the Deer Park Chambers of Commerce.
The remaining show in 2012 is Dashing Through The Snow, a Christmas comedy. Stage Door's 5th Season opens in January 2013, showcasing audience voted favorites. The first audience favorite, RENT, opens the season. It is joined in the season by other audience voted favorites: Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Evil Dead: The Musical, and The Rocky Horror Show; as well as new offerings: Misery, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Southern Hospitality, and Nuncrackers.