The John Hersey High School Theater Department will soon release its virtual production of “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.”
In 2008, the team that produced “The Laramie Project” returned to Laramie to examine the long-term effects of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard on the town.
They expected to write a short epilogue to “The Laramie Project.” Instead, what they found warranted a full-length play in itself. In addition to visiting with many of the people they met in 1998-99, they interviewed new people, including the two men convicted of the crime, and the victim’s mother, Judy Shepard.
Ten years later, they found people who had moved on with their lives in spite of the murder, people whose lives had taken different directions because of the murder, and an insidious level of historical revision about the cause of the murder.
Hersey’s production includes many talented students as well as staff members John Novak, Joe Pardun, Austin Scott and Daniel Wiggin.
Because this is a virtual performance, tickets will not be sold.
However, the theater department welcomes donations to offset the cost of the production. Donors will receive early access to the recorded virtual performance and an official audience guide.
Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so by visiting the Dist. 214 ticketing website at tickets.d214.org and clicking on “View Upcoming Shows” to find “The Laramie Project – 10 Years Later.”
Donors will then click on “View More Details” on the right of the screen, to obtain tickets. On the right of the screen, donors will see “Your Tickets” and a line that states “Donate to the producing program.” Clicking on the “Add” button allows visitors to enter a donation amount and complete the transaction. Donors should disregard the date and time listed, as this is a virtual performance.
Once registered, donors will receive a link to the performance and the password for viewing and the audience guide.
The show will be made available to the general public on Feb. 1. Hersey’s attendance area includes portions of Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights.
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January 24, 2021 at 07:04PM