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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Laramie Project- An Intimate Conversation

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, 6–7 p.m.

Join the cast of the Chico State Department of Music and Theater's production of The Laramie Project for a dialog about the impact of the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard nearly 22 years to the day of his passing (October 12th, 1998). In the 20 years since the premiere of The Laramie Project, what has changed? We'll discuss not only the legacy of Matthew Shepard and the work of the Tectonic Theater, but what it means to identify as LGTBQA in 2020. 

Schedule permitting, we will be joined by Jacob Marden, the Executive Vice President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. 

Our Evening will be Hosted by Chico State Student and Assistant Director Jacob Honnold. 

Jason Marsden 

Jason Marsden has served as Executive Vice President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation since 2009. During his seven-year career as a Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune reporter, the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a personal friend, impelled Jason to come out publicly in the newspaper’s pages and begin speaking to journalism conferences and schools nationwide about coverage of hate crimes. He was appointed in 2016 by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to the city’s LGBTQ Commission and serves as co-chair of its Public Safety Committee. Jason and his husband live in Denver. 

https://www.matthewshepard.org/people/jason-marsden/(opens in new window)

Silas Zelny, Center Coordinator at Stonewall Chico

Silas (they/them) is completing their psychology master’s thesis while also keeping their passion for the Stonewall Center alive. They are an Asian American child of immigrants who is understanding their trans* identity more everyday. In their work for the center Silas manages the office, website, and data entry. They want to create a welcoming environment where every visitor can be accepted and their inquiries properly addressed.

More about The Laramie Project:

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. 

THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Please be advised that this play contains descriptions of homophobia, violence and murder.

John Crosthwaite is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: the Laramie Project: an Intimate Conversation

Time: Oct 7, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 910 5839 0966

Passcode: Laramie