Laramie: A Legacy A Reading of THE LARAMIE PROJECT Announces Casting
LARAMIE: A LEGACY
A READING OF THE LARAMIE PROJECT
ANNOUNCES BENEFIT HOST & ADDITIONAL CAST
EMMY AND PEABODY AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST
TO HOST BENEFIT RECEPTION
ADDITIONAL CASTING INCLUDES:
EMMY AWARD NOMINEE
OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDAL-WINNING FIGURE SKATER
COMEDIAN & YOUTUBE STAR
and CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARD NOMINEE
ASIA KATE DILLON
THEY JOIN PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CAST MEMBERS:
EMMY AND TONY AWARD WINNER
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
TONY, EMMY AND GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER
MARY LOUISE PARKER
and TONY AWARD WINNER
AND THE LARAMIE PROJECT
ORIGINAL COMPANY MEMBERS:
STEPHEN BELBER, AMANDA GRONICH,
MERCEDES HERRERO, ANDY PARIS, GREG PIEROTTI, BARBARA PITTS MCADAMS, and KELLI SIMPKINS with Tectonic Theater Project company member
TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
AND JIMMY MAIZE
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 at 7PM
THE GERALD W. LYNCH THEATER AT JOHN JAY COLLEGE
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW AT
(New York – August 14, 2018) Tectonic Theater Project announced today a benefit host and additional casting for LARAMIE: A LEGACY, a reading of The Laramie Project honoring the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard for the 20th anniversary of his death, on Monday, September 24th at 7pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.
Twenty years ago, the eyes of the nation were drawn to Laramie, Wyoming after the hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard. In the following weeks, the Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded and members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled from New York to Laramie to conduct interviews with the people of the town. These interviews formed the basis of The Laramie Project, which has become one of the most performed contemporary plays in the world. On September 24, 2018, the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project will present LARAMIE: A LEGACY, a benefit reading of The Laramie Project to honor the progress made over the last two decades to erase hate.
Emmy and Peabody Award winning journalist Anderson Cooper will host the evening’s benefit reception.
Joining the cast is Emmy Award nominee Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange is the New Black), Olympic bronze medalist and U.S. Figure Skating champion Adam Rippon in his stage debut, YouTube star and comedian Randy Rainbow, and Critic’s Choice Television Award nominee Asia Kate Dillon (John Wick 3: Parabellum, Billions).
They join previously announced performers Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig & The Angry Inch; “How I Met Your Mother”); Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Mary Louise Parker (Proof, “Weeds”); and Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots); joining the original company of The Laramie Project: Stephen Belber, Amanda Gronich, Mercedes Herrero, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts McAdams and Kelli Simpkins, with Tectonic Theater Project company member Scott Barrow. Tectonic Theater Project founder and Artistic Director Moisés Kaufman and company member Jimmy Maize direct.
Additional casting will be announced.
Proceeds from LARAMIE: A LEGACY will benefit both the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project, and their concurrent missions to educate and erase hate across the country through theater and activism. Company initiatives include Tectonic Theater Project’s Moment Work Institute, which trains over 1,000 students and emerging artists each year in Tectonic’s unique and powerful theater-making technique and The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s continuing programs to foster a more caring and just world, including hate crime trainings for hundreds of police annually.
Tickets are available now by visiting www.laramiealegacy.org.
Host Committee Chairs for LARAMIE: A LEGACY are Mark Gude and Paul Sekhri. Vice-Chairs are Eric K. Fanning and Ben Masri Cohen. Celebrity Host Committee members are Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Tony Kushner, Laura Linney, Steve Martin and Mercedes Ruehl.
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ABOUT THE MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION
The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s mission is to erase hate by replacing it with understanding, compassion and acceptance. Through local, regional and national outreach, they empower individuals to find their voice to create change and challenge communities to identify and address hate that lives within their schools, neighborhoods and homes.
ABOUT TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT
Tectonic Theater Project is dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with audiences on the social, political, and human issues that affect us all. In service to this goal, Tectonic supports readings, workshops, and full theatrical productions, as well as training for students around the country in their play-making technique, Moment Work.