The Laramie Project: A Reading and Conversation

featuring RECLAIM
directed by LEIGH FONDAKOWSKI

7–10 p.m.
Dowling Studio

A free Happening

In response to the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998, a group of theater artists traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, and conducted hundreds of interviews about the hate crime. Drawing from their research, personal journal entries and news reports, they created The Laramie Project — an innovative, dialogue-driven theater piece that has been performed across the country and around the world since its 2002 debut. Directed by the play’s head writer Leigh Fondakowski and featuring staff, clients and community members of RECLAIM, this special evening of reading and conversation will look at how Shepard’s death and The Laramie Project have impacted queer culture and youth for the past two decades.

About RECLAIM

RECLAIM is a Twin Cities-based organization that increases access to mental health support so queer and trans youth ages 12–26 may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. They provide therapy to over 65 youth each week, 80 percent of whom are trans or gender-nonconforming; develop practitioners with an emphasis on changing the landscape of access to care in our region through training people of color and Indigenous therapists in gender-competent care; and partner with the community through outreach, education and the intersection of gender and racial justice. Learn more at www.reclaim.care.

The Guthrie’s Level Nine Series is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Get Used To It: A Celebration of Queer Artistry

In the early 1990s, a bold slogan united the gay community and simultaneously demanded acceptance: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” This winter, the Guthrie is proud to celebrate queer voices from around the globe with three acclaimed pieces that buoyantly and passionately challenge traditional notions of gender and sexuality. Presented as part of the Level Nine Series, this trio of performances (Unexploded Ordnances (UXO), Lashed But Not Leashed and Hi, Are You Single?) and two free Happenings will share an illuminating view of the world through an unapologetic queer lens.  

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