Watertown Children’s Theatre Presenting “The Laramie Project”

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Children’s Theatre:

Watertown Children’s Theatre at the Mosesian Center for the Arts presents The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project.

In October 1998, Laramie, Wyoming was the site of a violent crime against a young man named 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 violent attack and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

In this online production, WCT features a cast of 9th-12th graders exploring what this story means for a new generation of performers and audiences over twenty years later. Online performances will be May 7 at 7 pm and May 8 at 2 pm. Tickets are available at www.mosesianarts.org. GSAs and LGBTQ+ community groups can get discount information by emailing production.wct@mosesianarts.org.

The Laramie Project is a production about how a community was impacted by the attack and death of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, in 1998. WCT is offering community programs supported by the Dinah Lane Theatre Arts Fund in association with our production to help our community to continue to build our support of LGBTQ+ individuals within WCT, MCA and the greater surrounding community. On Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30 pm join Tracy McKay and Emma Henson from Greater Boston PFLAG for this educational program designed to support parents, caregivers, educators and other adults who want to learn how to best support LGBTQ+ youth in their families, classrooms and lives.

There will also be a segment focused on issues that arise within The Laramie Project to help adults support youth who will be watching the production. On Saturday, May 8 at 4 pm a panel discussion, moderated by Rel Antosca of Greater Boston PFLAG and The Laramie Project cast member Bella Berg, will be discussing The Laramie Project in terms of its role in LGBTQ+ history, what has changed, and the work that we still have to do toward LGBTQ+ equality.

Both programs are free but require pre-registration at www.mosesianarts.org. For tickets and more information, visit www.mosesianarts.org or call 617-926-ARTS.

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