Archives for November 2010

The Laramie Project

I’ve been kind of silent on here lately. I have so many thoughts rattling around that I haven’t really known where to even begin. I am also in a production of “The Laramie Project” and that has been taking up a lot of my time.

The show opens this weekend in Minneapolis and I would like to invite those of you who are local to come see it. It’s a powerful show and one that is, sadly, still very timely. The show is about the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 in the town of Laramie, Wyoming. The show explores the attitude of the town and the change (or sometimes lack thereof) that happens over the course of the next several years.

As a transgender person the idea of being a victim of a hate crime is very real to me. I did some research and of the 201 LGBT people killed in the US since Matthew Shepard died 174 of them were transgender or gender variant. It’s a striking figure, especially when you consider that hardly any of us know the names of those 174 people. Most of whom are trans women of color. It brings to light the racism and sexism within the LGBT community as well as the total disregard for trans bodies and especially the bodies of trans women. I live with the knowledge that there is a good chance I will be assaulted at some point in my life just for being trans.

In being a part of “The Laramie Project” I realize that there is a silence around the deaths of transgender people. But I still think the show is important. It raises important questions. It brings to light important issues. It allows a dialogue to open. And I am proud to be a part of this production. More than that, though, I am hoping that this production can begin a dialogue about hate crimes toward trans people within the LGB communities as well as bring knowledge of those crimes to the straight community. I am still unsure of how that dialogue will occur, but I am hopeful that it will.

Please, if you are in the twin cities (or close by), consider coming to see this production. And if you would like to be a part of a dialogue after the show, let me know. I would love to see this show be the catalyst for something more.

Here are the details of the show:

The Eat Street Players announce the November 5th opening of a timely two weekend run of The Laramie Project. Exploring the painful spotlight that was focused on the town of Laramie following the hate crime that resulted in the death of Matthew Shepard, this beautifully crafted play provides perspective and insight into the extent to which hate lives in our own lives.

Performances run from November 5th through 14th on Fridays and… Saturdays at 7:30 and on Sundays at 2:00 in the Howard Conn Theater at 1900 Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis. Tickets are available online at www.eatstreetplayers.org or by calling 612-568-8677. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students or seniors.

If you need more information, please let me know.