No, we’re not talking about The Admission this morning, or The Argument, or Yellow Face (or any of the thought-provoking fare on our schedule this season) — we’re talking about the landmark theatrical documentary drama, The Laramie Project, which will be picketed today by Westboro Baptist Church, a group you can read much more about via their inimitable website, http://www.godhatesfags.com.
Our Theater J student subscribers saw the Ford’s Theatre production with me last night. It’s a comprehensive, devastating portrait of a community, a murder, and a trial. It’s written by Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project and because Ford’s Theatre is shuttered during the ongoing government shut down, the theater has relocated performances to First Congregational United Church of Christ just up the block. That’s where we took it the “scaled down” production last night, and you’ll read our very personal responses to the three-act drama in the Comments below.
But we’re alerted here by members of the Laramie Project cast that there will be an angel-action tonight to peacefully face-off against those who hate this play and, according to the Westboro Baptist Church press release, believe that The Laramie Project “was written by a fag for fags and is complete fiction. It is based on the fag lie that Matt Shepard’s murder was a hate crime because he was gay.”
Here’s the announcement coming from the cast:
[Photo by Scott Suchman]
The memory of Matthew Shephard is being preserved by a drama. The protest of the play is being met by concerned artists and citizens who insist that haters not silence art. Comments?