October 25, 2009
Photos by Suzanne Philips and Tafriha Ahmed
Article by Suzanne Philips
Hollywood United Methodist Church in association with the Tectonic Theatre Project hosted “THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER, AN EPILOGUE” today to a sold out crowd in Hollywood. The play focuses on the hate crime killing of openly gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie in 1998, and how the town and the world have changed since then. The new version of the play includes interviews with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson the two men who tortured and killed Shepard .
The staged reading drew a sell-out crowd who came to see stars Zachary Quinto, Pauley Perrette, James Cromwell, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Julie Benz, Lisa Edelstein, Christian Clemenson, Barrett Foa, Helen Shaver and Michael Weatherly. The play was moving, funny, and touching – striking a nerve with those in attendance. With President Obama saying he will sign The Matthew Shepard Act (which adds sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability to the existing federal law prohibiting hate crimes) into a law next week, “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” could not be more timely.
There is talk that the play may go on a more extensive tour, so keep checking online to see if it will be playing in a city near you. It is well worth your time and money to check it out.
If you would like more information on The Matthew Shepard foundation, check out www.matthewshepard.org.