十大博彩直营首页登录 Theatre Director 肥仔安迪·沃特: ‘The Laramie Project’ relevant for students, 社区
10月. 11, 2023
9月11日，开车沿着东拉马尔亚历山大公园大道行驶. 2 and seeing a line of local residents protesting a Pride event being held on the 十大博彩直营首页登录 campus that day, 肥仔安迪·沃特 realized he made the right call in selecting “拉勒米计划” as the fall production for the 十大博彩直营首页登录戏剧系.
Not that Vaught — a visiting lecturer in theater now in his second season directing the College’s theatrical programs — had doubts. 毕竟, the growing polarization over LGBTQ issues both regionally and nationally made the play — which explores the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, 怀俄明——尤其凄美. 10月面世. 26岁 克莱顿艺术中心, “拉勒米计划,沃特说。, is both a powerful narrative and a way of using theater to foster conversation and reflection.
“去年我的第一个赛季非常棒，我真的很享受一切, 在思考我们接下来要做什么时, 没过多久就选定了《澳门十大博彩直营首页登录》,’”他说。. “I started thinking about the intense vitriol out there toward people just living their lives here, 这让我想到了我的学生. 我不想谈论澳门十大博彩直营首页登录的所有学生, 但对于在这种地方需要帮助的人来说，我们是一个安全的泡泡.
“所以一, it’s relevant; and two, they need to know we’re thinking about this — us as a school and me as a professor — and that we’re concerned about their safety and their humanity and their dignity. So once I saw that there was that reaction to Pride in the 社区, it made a lot of sense.”
也是25th anniversary of Shepard’s murder, Vaught补充道, which makes it even more serendipitous. 10月. 6, 1998, Shepard was approached by two men at a Laramie bar who offered to give him a ride home. 相反，他们开车把他带到一个偏远的地区，在那里抢劫, beat and tortured him before tying him to a split-rail fence and leaving him. He was rescued 18 hours later by a cyclist who at first mistook him for a scarecrow. The two men — Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson — were found guilty of first-degree murder and given consecutive life sentences, 而是谢泼德作为同性恋的性取向, 而且当时还没有专门针对仇恨犯罪的立法, 得到了媒体的广泛报道，并启发了“拉勒米项目”,由moissamus Kaufman和构造剧院项目的成员所写.
纪录片戏剧的一个例子, the play is built from dozens of interviews conducted by members of the theater company with residents of Laramie, 以及发表的新闻报道. 在一系列短场景中有超过60个角色, it’s a powerful snapshot of the way the tragedy affected those who considered their 社区 a bucolic Western mountain town, 最迷人的元素之一, Vaught说, 谢泼德本人的缺席.
“Matthew Shepard is not a character, and his absence only increases his stature,他说. “戏剧本身就是大量的谈话和对事件的处理, 这是它如此有效的原因之一吗. 谈论这些事情真的很痛苦, 这出戏近乎临床的本质是具有欺骗性的, 因为它不会放过你.
“One thing I’m trying to do in the Theatre Department is to create something that can be a glue for the College. Being in a play is a liberal arts experience — and because this one has 63 parts and 29 cast members, it allowed me to open it up in a really special way and talk about how a 社区 deals with this tragedy.”
作为一对同性恋父母的孩子, the news of Shepard’s death was a gut punch that Vaught remembers vividly. During his first week of undergraduate studies at Kenyon College in Gambier, 俄亥俄州, 他第一次接触到这出戏, and the groundbreaking way the playwrights weaved together both tragedy and commentary into a meaningful experience that resonates emotionally is something he counts among his inspirations to mount such productions as part of the 十大博彩直营首页登录 Theatre program.
“It was one of the first big steps toward wanting to mix theater with social justice,他说. “When I was doing a section on politically engaged theater in my Theatre 2 class, the students learned a little bit about the method of how they created the play, 虽然很多人都听说过, 他们以前从未读过这本书. 这让我很惊讶，所以这就是我们做这件事的火花.
“We had our first read-through the other night, and people were crying at the end of it. It’s a very powerful play, and it gives people a chance to be themselves on stage. 这一点非常重要, 因为我没有要求任何人扮演一个角色, 甚至是扮演罪犯的学生. 他们和他们的角色之间有一段距离, because I have to make sure everyone is comfortable throughout the process — reading it, 对它进行影响和登台.”
The 十大博彩直营首页登录 Theatre presentation of “拉勒米计划” will be carried out in conjunction with the 十大博彩直营首页登录 Pride Club, 他补充说, 俱乐部成员的意见提供了宝贵的见解. The collaboration means that presenting the play will be as much of an experience than just another night of drama: Retired FBI special agent Cynthia Deitle, 谁领导了 马修·谢泼德基金会 for a number of years, will be present one evening to discuss her work involving hate crimes. Aja Rodriguez, 04年, 十大博彩直营首页登录的多元化主管, 公平与包容, is in discussions to organize a panel of alumni and current students to have an open dialogue on what it was like then and is like now to live as an openly LGBTQ individual on the 十大博彩直营首页登录 campus. 最后, 在周日演出之前, vendors will set up a Queer Community Market to foster 社区 connections, Vaught补充道.
“我们不仅想让这部剧说话, 但是要围绕它举办活动, 因为当你有这样的节目时，这样做很重要, 你受到情感影响的几率是真实存在的,他说. “We don’t want to leave people feeling helpless and wondering what they can do. 我们希望他们能立刻找到并建立联系, and we’re asking ourselves through this process how we can help foster those.”
《澳门十大博彩直营首页登录》将于晚上8点上演.m. 周四,10月. 10月26日至周六. 28英镑，下午2点.m. 周日,10月. 29, in the Haslam Family Flexible Theatre of the 克莱顿艺术中心. 门票免费，演出对公众开放.
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