The Dana Hall Upper School presents its fall play, The Laramie Project, on Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m., in Bardwell Auditorium. The performances are free and open to the public.
Writers Moisés Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project created a play that documents the aftermath of the 1998 hate crime against Matthew Shepard in the town of Laramie, Wyo. They made six trips to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews, resulting in a play that explores the ripple effects of hatred and violence, and the power of empathetic listening across political divides.
“There is an acting adage that says, half of acting is reacting,” said Liz Fenstermaker, Performing Arts Department Head. “Somewhere along the line, acting teachers came up with a much better adage: To listen to your scene partner, to be fully present on stage, is to bring the best and most engaging element of acting to the stage. During our rehearsal process, I have asked each actor to listen with intent and energy, and in turn to imagine who is listening to their words when they speak.”
Bardwell Auditorium is located on the Dana Hall campus at 37 Cameron Street. Please note that Bardwell is not handicap accessible. For more information, please call (781) 235-3010 ext. 2731.
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