Award-winning Bloomfield High School Theatre Program Hopes to Close the Curtain on Intolerance through Production of “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” November 16-18
Bloomfield, NJ - Bloomfield High School’s award-winning theatre program will join a worldwide network of performances to honor the victims of hate crimes with their fall play, “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later”, on November 16-18 at 7:00 P.M. at the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College.
In November 1998, University Of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, a member of the LGBTQ community, was severely beaten and tied to a fence. Shepard died six days later and his murder garnered national attention as a hate crime. Shortly thereafter, playwright Moisés Kaufman and members of his Tectonic Theatre Project went to Laramie, Wyoming in search of answers about Shepard’s death. After 18 months, multiple visits and more than 200 interviews with local residents, Kaufman envisioned and wrote the play, “The Laramie Project”, based on the texts of the interviews. Ten years later, Kaufman returned to Laramie to explore the effects of Shepard’s murder and the spotlight it placed on the town. “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” reflects how time and experience affects society’s views on significant events and asks the question, “How does society write its own history?”
Bloomfield High School has joined the Gloucester County Technical Institute' s initiative “The Laramie Project ‘Project’” (LPP) which aims to unite thespian groups around the world in performing the play to raise awareness about hate crimes. BHS’ thespians will dedicate their performance of “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” to the memory of Orlando Pulse victim, Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, and hopes to honor both Aracena-Montero and Shepard by highlighting the messages of compassion and activism that are conveyed in the play.
“The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” is produced and directed by Brandon E. Doemling, the 2017 recipient of the Jo Anne Fox Award. The “Foxy” is given to a passionate theatre teacher who inspires their students, creates community and a loving extended family within the program, while producing high quality productions. Doemling believes that the timing, and the place, are right for this production. He commented that “Bloomfield High School has been recognized as the most diverse high school in the state of New Jersey. We sometimes forget that our society, as a whole, still suffers from bigotry and hate and that the struggle for equality is far from over.”
General admission tickets for “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” are $10.00 at the door.