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The Laramie Project is homeless no more: Ford’s Theatre has found a full-time venue for the show, the company announced today. Performances scheduled from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15 will take place at First Congregational United Church of Christ, as will a previously announced free performance on Oct. 8. The only exception is the Sunday, Oct. 13 matinee, which will be cancelled. Turns out churches tend to be busy on Sundays.
Patrons who purchased tickets to performances on Oct. 9, 10, 11, 12, and 15 should expect to be contacted about converting their theater tickets to church seats. Remaining seats will cost $25.
After the play found itself without a venue as a result of the government shutdown, Ford’s Theatre scrambled to find a new location. It hosted one performance in a rehearsal hall at Woolly Mammoth and scheduled others at the downtown church.
To accompany The Laramie Project, a play based on the community response to the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard near Laramie, Wyo., Ford’s Theatre Society will host a candlelight vigil outside the theater on Friday, Oct. 11 in recognition of Shepard’s life and National Coming Out Day. Shepard’s father, Dennis Shepard, will speak, as will Rev. Dwayne Johnson of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington. Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington are scheduled to perform. Proceeds from the Oct. 11 performance will be donated to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. (The vigil is free.)
During the shutdown, the Ford’s Theatre Society’s Center for Education and Leadership remains open. Visitors can peruse two floors of permanent exhibits about the theater and the death of Abraham Lincoln, as well as a temporary exhibit, “Not Alone: The Power of Response,” which includes images from Laramie and letters sent to the Shepard family in the wake of the 21-year-old’s murder.
Photo by Carol Rosegg