The pre-show for Oct. 12’s LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER, AN EPILOGUE will be hosted by Tony Award-winning actress Glenn Close. ZACH Theatre, one of over 150 theatres broadcasting the pre-show nationwide, will join Glenn Close and Matthew Shepard’s mother, Judy Shepard, at Alice Tully Hall in New York City before simultaneous stagings of the play begin at 7pm Austin time. ZACH will broadcast the entire event, and host a one-night only staging of the play.
The live Austin premiere of THE EPILOGUE will be on ZACH’s Kleberg Stage, where the first local production of THE LARAMIE PROJECT premiered in 2002. “We’re really pleased to continue this story at ZACH Theatre,” says Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley. “It is a great time to reflect on what has and has not changed in our nation in the years since Matthew’s death. We are also fortunate to restore much of the original cast from ZACH’s 2002 production which won B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics’ Table awards for “Best Play’ and “Outstanding Ensemble Cast.’”
Written by Tectonic Theater Project members Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber, THE EPILOGUE focuses on the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the town of Laramie. It explores how the town has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate in the community. The play also includes new interviews with Matthew’s mother Judy Shepard and Mathew’s murderer Aaron McKinney, who’s serving two consecutive life sentences. The writers also conducted many follow-up interviews Laramie residents from the original piece, including, Romaine Patterson, Reggie Fluty, Jedediah Shultz, Father Roger Schmidt, Jonas Slonaker, Beth Loffreda and others.
Tickets are $20, with all proceeds benefiting Out Youth. The performance starts at 7 pm. Seating is limited to this one night only event. Tickets are available by phone at (512) 476-0541, x1 or online.