The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Broad Stage and Speak Theater Arts will participate in a staging of “The Laramie Project, Ten Years LaterÖan Epilogue” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, October 12th at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.
The Broad Stage event is part of other premiere events around the world for the sequel to the “Laramie Project.” It will bring together an all-star cast of actors, musicians and public figures combined with musical performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus.”
“The Laramie Project, Ten Years LaterÖan Epilogue,” written by Moises Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Company, takes the audience back to Laramie, Wyoming a decade after gay college student Matthew Shepard’s murder by two young men who encountered Shepard in a local bar. Interviewers spoke with community members to measure the cultural impact of the murder and examine the changes that occurred as a result of the tragic and highly politicized event.
“We are thrilled to join 120 cities around the world in staging this sequel to the “Laramie Project” on the evening of the 11th anniversary of Shepard’s murder,” says Hywel Sims, executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus. “The Westside Los Angeles event stands apart from all the other productions, though, because we will blend music with the new play.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles AMP (A-LIVE Music Project), a new high school music education program that also focuses on combating bullying and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
Music for the performance will include selections by Rufus Wainwright, the Dixie Chicks, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bob Dylan, and some classic cowboy ballads from Sons of the Pioneers. Recording artist Randi Driscoll, well known for her work with the Matthew Shepard Foundation, will also perform live with the Chorus.
This event is co-directed by Liesel Reinhart and Steven T. Seagle of Speak Theater Arts, produced by Jeffrey Morris of GMCLA, with musical direction by GMCLA Interim Artistic Director Dominic Gregorio. Lighting design is by Kristie Roldan and Steven Young.
Tickets are $40 for general admission and $80 for VIP admission (includes after party with celebrity guest artists). To purchase VIP tickets, www.gmcla.org/, (323) 467-9741 x1 or firstname.lastname@example.org/. General admission seats are available at www.thebroadstage.org/.