In light of the closing of Ford’s Theatre during the federal government shutdown, The Ford’s Theatre Society has announced two performances of The Laramie Project at First Congregational United Church of Christ Friday, October 4, and Tuesday, October 8. These will be free and open to the public. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., at 945 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, a block away from Ford’s Theatre. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed on site on a first-come basis.
The Laramie Project will be performed in Ford’s Theatre as soon as the theatre is allowed to re-open. Details will be updated here.
Ongoing events by Ford’s Theatre Society:
The free panel discussion “With Charity for All: Lives Changed by Hate” will take place Monday, October 7, 2013, at 7 p.m, relocated to the Center for Education and Leadership, across the street from The Ford’s Theatre. The discussion will feature: Dave O’Malley, who was the lead investigator into the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard; Billy Rowles, who was Jasper County Sheriff during the 1998 murder of James Byrd, Jr.; and The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart as moderator.
Center for Education and Leadership Exhibits are open, currently featuring “Not Alone: The Power of Response.” Following Matthew Shepard’s attack in 1998, complete strangers from all over the world, moved by the horrific circumstances of Matthew’s death, reached out to his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, to share their condolences, outrage, grief, love and support. Not Alone: The Power of Response pairs artist Jeff Sheng’s Where Matthew Lay Dying, a hauntingly beautiful composite photograph of the fence outside Laramie—taken from Matthew’s perspective—with a selection of the letters sent to the Shepard family in order to explore the themes of empathy, community response and personal responsibility.