Fall 2018 Mainstage: The Laramie Project
In the Concord Academy Performing Arts Department’s November 2018 production of The Laramie Project, the entire town of Laramie, Wyo., struggles when two members of its community brutally torture and leave for dead Matthew Shepard, a young gay man. “In a world that feels permeated with separation, so much turning away from what some may consider ‘the other’ and doing violence to people just because we don’t understand them or we fear them, this play is an invitation to consider how close we truly are to one another,” wrote director Megan Schy Gleeson in her program notes. These performances were offered in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the CA’s Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), a pioneering model for Gay Straight Alliances throughout the country. CA was among the first independent schools to openly provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ youth and their allies. It was also the first high school to stage The Laramie Project. Read more about the show in our story about a pre-show talk by theater, film, and TV producer Mark Berger ’06.