Ford’s Theatre has canceled performances of “The Laramie Project” because the theater must close during the government shutdown, but it will present two free performances at a nearby church.
Theater officials had planned to go ahead with evening performances because the programing is funded privately and run by a nonprofit group. However, the theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated is a National Park Service site and has been closed.
Ford’s will present free performances tonight (Oct. 4) and Oct. 8 at First Congregational United Church of Christ. The production will resume at Ford’s once it reopens.
“The Laramie Project” is part of the theater’s Lincoln Legacy Project focusing on diversity and equality. The production marks 15 years since Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was abducted and killed in Laramie, Wyo.
The Washington theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated will produce the play “The Laramie Project” and offer programs about bullying and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Ford’s Theatre announced its Lincoln Legacy Project will mark 15 years since Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was abducted and killed in Laramie, Wyo. The Lincoln initiative focuses on issues of diversity, equality and acceptance.
The play, “The Laramie Project,” presents the community’s response to the 1998 anti-gay murder of Shepard and the resulting media attention. The play runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 27.
The theater also will feature an exhibit about the response to Shepard’s death, a candlelight vigil on Oct. 11, a discussion series and readings of the companion play, “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.”
The Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church clan were no-shows at a protest they announced they would hold in Neenah on Feb. 12. The protest was to target a Neenah High School production of “The Laramie Project,” a play about the 1998 slaying of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Wyoming.
The Post-Crescent of Appleton reported that 100 counter-protesters did show up, carrying signs of love, sharing hugs and spontaneously singing the chorus of “We Are the Champions” by Queen when it became clear that Phelps’ crew was nowhere on the horizon.