photos by Kyron Hanson
The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project directed by Monica Bliss running November 30th-Dec 2nd.
Twenty years ago, 21-year old gay student Matthew Shepard was murdered in the town of Laramie, Wyoming, a hate crime which captured the nation’s attention. In response, The Laramie Project, an important, breathtaking ensemble piece of theater was created.
The Whitney Center for the Arts presents The Laramie Project for one weekend only, opening on Friday, November 30th at 8pm. The Saturday, December 1st 8pm performance falls on Matthew Shepard's birthday and special tickets are available for a pre-show reception/celebration of life at 6:30pm. Sara Clement, Berkshire artist/activist, who was a close personal friend of Matthew Shepard will speak at the reception. The weekend closes with a 2pm matinee on Sunday, December 2nd. Tickets are $15-25 and are available at www.thewhit.org.
The 64 roles in The Laramie Project have been divided among the nine cast members, Kas Maroney, Amy Hausknecht, Colleen Jordan, Deirdre Flynn Sullivan, Aleah Tarjick, Brian Litscher, Bill Shein, Chris Montemagni & Elliott Loverin.
"FLASH FORWARD, twenty years later, the ongoing impact of Matthew Shepard", an art show lovingly curated by guest curator Sara Clement, will be on view in the Whit's Colt Gallery prior to each performance. Admission to the art gallery is free.
Located at 42 Wendell Avenue in Downtown Pittsfield, the Whitney Center for the Arts, a presenting and producing arts center, has two world-class art galleries and presents Comedies, Dramas, Musicals, Concerts, Opera Nights, Cabarets plus events for teens and children in an intimate performance venue.