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article imageDePaul students respond to LGBT harassment through performance Special

By Robert Kingett     Nov 16, 2013 in Entertainment
Chicago - The LGBT community faces hoards of discrimination on a daily basis. Many efforts exist to break down brass terms and the slurs. DePaul University in Chicago is also taking the stand to instill equality for all.
The Theatre School at DePaul University will host a staged reading of The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and The Members of the Tectonic Theater Project, directed by Theatre School adjunct faculty member Carolyn Hoerdemann. The reading will be followed by a moderated question/answer session, and breakout discussions.
The Laramie Project is a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project (specifically, Leigh Fondakowski, Stephen Belber, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts, Stephen Wangh, Amanda Gronich, Sara Lambert, John McAdams, Maude Mitchell, Andy Paris, and Kelli Simpkins) about the reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crimes laws in various states, including Wyoming.
An audience that included Rebels football players disrupted the play based on the life of a murdered gay man by using homophobic slurs.
20 Ole Miss Football players were included in a large group of audience members who harassed and openly disrespected student actors during a University of Mississippi theater performance of the play.
Other audience members, along with the football players, used derogatory slurs like "fag" and booed both cast members and the characters they were portraying for their body types and sexual orientations. They did this throughout the entire show.
As a response to the group of Football players heckling a production of The Laramie Project at Ole Miss, DePaul University students enrolled in a theatre course have organized a reading of The Laramie Project at The Theatre School at DePaul University, in order to promote tolerance and to show active solidarity with all students at the University of Mississippi.
Ole Miss Student, Garrison Gibbons, who was a member of the cast during the reading at the University of Mississippi, will be reprising his role and joining the ensemble of DePaul University students for this reading.
Also in attendance will be Susan Burk, Laramie Project Specialist at the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Ms. Burk is also an alumna of The Theatre School at DePaul University. She will participate as an ensemble member in the reading, and will facilitate the post-show conversation.
The reading will take place on November 18, 2013 at 6 PM in The Merle and Harold Reskin Lobby at The Theatre School at DePaul University , located at 2350 N Racine Ave Fullerton), Chicago, IL 60614
Attendance is free.
The box office can be reached at 312.922.1999
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