Talk It Out: The Laramie Project - Centering Queer Voices: Documenting Trauma and Resilience

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:30pm
Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street, Middletown

FREE! Refreshments will be served.

The Wesleyan Theater Department presents the inaugural "Talk It Out" open conversation, which brings together the voices of LGBTQ artists, scholars, and students to ask: how does a community move through a trauma? What is the work of grieving, of mourning? What did it mean to make "The Laramie Project" as an LGBTQ artist at the time of Matthew Shephard’s murder? What does it mean now and at Wesleyan?

Featuring guest artist Leigh Fondakowski, head writer and member of the original production team of the Tectonic Theater Project for "The Laramie Project;" Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Christina Crosby, whose current work focuses on grief and the work of mourning; Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Calvin Anderson, light and media designer for the Wesleyan production; Nathan Pugh '21, student dramaturg for the Wesleyan production; and journalist, documentary filmmaker, and Visiting Instructor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Michelle Memran, offering perspective on the way trauma is documented in the moment and in retrospect.

Co-sponsored by the Creative Campus Initiative and the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Laramie Project
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2pm
CFA Theater

Wesleyan's production of The Laramie Project (2000), directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres, educates about difference and offers a human voice to sound the call of remembrance, compassion, and communal faith.