Saturday, November 19, 2011

Less than Six Degrees

If you are local to Alexandria and want a riveting theatrical experience come to the last performance of The Laramie Project written by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project at T C Willimas High School, Nov. 19 at 7:30.  The cast of 18 play between four to six roles apiece.  If you know of the show you will recall that it is a documentary about Mathew Shepard's death in Laramie Wyoming.  Rather than scenes there are "moments" set over the course of a year and a half.  Here are some pictures taken by Quinn from the light booth.
Moment: A Definition.  Opening monologue by Greg Pierotti/Sgt Hing
Doc O'Connor
Moment:  Angels in America.   Jedadiah Schultz
Moment:  Journal Entries.  Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Moment:  Rebecca Hilliker, head of the university of Wymoing theater department.
Moment:  Alison and Marge.  An interview with Greg Pierotti.  (Alison is played by Keira Moran, a talented singer, whose CD Wondergirl comes out on iTunes  Thanksgiving Day.  Any downloads that day benefit the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.  Listen for an interview on NPR.)
Moment:  The Word.   Town ministers
Moment: A Scarf.   Stephen Belber and Zubaida Ula
Moment:  Fireside Bar
DJ Shadow/Matt Mickleson/ Matt Galloway
Moment:  McKinney and Henderson.   An Anonymous friend of the accused
Moment:  Finding Matthew Shepard 
Arron Kreifels describing the scene at the fence
Moment:  Medical Update.   Hospital spokesperson Rulon Stacey.  This actor had two pages of dialogue for this "moment" alone.
Moment: Arron McKinney. Interrogation by Rob Depree
The final scene we added:  All the company and crew placed roses at the fence to the music of Paul Simon's Sounds of Silence. (Used with permission.)
Bows to the light booth and sound (Yeah, I did that light design ).
Final standing ovation.
Student director Joseph Powers with the cast and crew at "Talk Back".

And here's what I mean about  the six degrees of separation.  At talk back with the cast this local gentleman took the mic to commend the performances and to say his brother owned the Laramie Wyoming land and the fence that played the defining role in the story.
Come see the show.


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