What: The Laramie Project - A special performance benefiting the The Center
Where: Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93304
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018, Hospitality reception - 6:30 PM, Curtain - 8:00 PM
Theater Nights have become one of the The Center's signature events! This year, we are proud to be the Premier Sponsor of the Bakersfield Community Theatre's production of "The Laramie Project". Hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theater, the play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community.
The Play background:
In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, tortured and left, alone, to die. His body -- battered, bloody, barely clinging to life -- was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay.
The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. The Tectonic Theater Project, led by their founder Moisés Kaufman, traveled to Laramie in the aftermath of the murder with the intent of creating a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fueled violence. Over the course of a year and a half, the group interviewed over 200 subjects, some directly related to the case and some regular citizens of Laramie. Out of these interviews, journal entries, and found texts, The Laramie Project was born.
Join your Center's friends and the local LGBTQ community at the historic Bakersfield Community Theatre, where hospitality will flow and friends will gather in community and harmony. Savor cowboy chic food, beer, wine and sodas at a pre-show reception on the brick veranda. You will have the opportunity to mingle with friends old and new, take home treasures from our multiple drawings, and then settle in to enjoy the premier performance of this griping production of The Laramie Project.
Your ticket includes the show, food and drinks. Your participation will benefit and ensure that The Center continues providing a local easy access information hub, safe and supportive spaces and services to the LGBTQ+ community.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online, or by cash or check at The Center’s Annex location, 841 Mohawk St., Suite 260, Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm. Center Board Members also have tickets available for purchase.
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The Laramie Project is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Note - Parking at BCT is available in the lot behind the theatre, accessible via Wilson Rd and So. O Street.
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