If you missed last year’s sold-out run at the Sony Black Box, there is another chance to see the prize- winning Academy of Visual and Performing Arts production of “The Laramie Project” on Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Robert Frost Auditorium to raise funds for the AVPA.
The AVPA’s Blurred Vision Theatre Company under the direction of Creative Director Sheila Silver was awarded first prize in the region for the second consecutive year by the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA). The show originally had 9 sold-out performances in November at the intimate Sony Pictures Black Box Theatre. The Laramie Project is being re-worked for larger venue, as it will be performed on the Mainstage before 2,000 theater students at the CETA festival on MLK weekend in the third week of January.
Twelve years after the death of Matthew Shepard, the powerful “Laramie Project” leads us toward the insight and understanding that we need to address the hate crimes and bullying that continue in our schools and communities. This nuanced production offers insights into how bias can leave cruelty in the shadows, until tragedy turns on the light. This show is not recommended for anyone under 14 due to mature content.
Come for an evening of superb theater to support our dedicated students. Please put Jan. 7 on your calendar, as this will be the last chance to see this award-winning production! Tickets are $10, available at the door. Funds raised at this performance will go directly to help with the cost transportation for sets, equipment, and students.