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Last Chance to See “The Laramie Project” at UUSS: Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM (also with ASL interpretation!)

Final evening show is Saturday, November 19, 8:00 PM.  Final matinée (with Sign Language Interpretation provided!) is Sunday, November 20, 2:00 PM.

Theater One at Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd. 95825.

This is a powerful play, and well worth seeing.  A theater company from New York went to Laramie, Wyoming, to interview people from all walks of life and perspectives in the wake of the brutal gay-bashing torture and murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998.  This play recounts both the experiences of the people in Laramie before and after the event but also the experience of the people who went to interview them.

Adults and youth of the congregation and the surrounding community have attended performances and have given it high marks for its power and poignancy.  It is well worth discussion after you see it.

This play has a large cast, with multiple roles for nearly every actor.  The blocking alone is a challenge, not to mention all the characters and lines an actor must assume and remember.  In this community theater production at my church, the set is beautifully built and painted.  The many light and sound cues went without a hitch on the night I saw it.

I was moved and impressed by the work of the cast and crew, most of whom I know as fellow staff or as beloved parishioners.  Some are friends of church members who just love to act and who gave of their time and talents to this company and this production.  Some of the cast are experienced actors; others are amateurs.

They all did a fine job.  And due to the “reporting” or monologue structure of much of the play, the occasional missed line or bit of slowness in timing did not detract from the flow or my attention to it.  In a normal drama or comedy, a few glitches can make it hard to stay engaged.  The basic material, the richness and depth of the real people in the story, and the deep heart of the community give this play its power.  It’s good that it kept me involved, as the play is three hours long, with an intermission.  Next time we have such a long show we should start it at 7:30 at night.

In general, my congratulations and my appreciation to our Theater One family at UUSS.

Final evening show is Saturday, November 19, 8:00 PM.  Final matinee (with Sign Language Interpretation provided!) is Sunday, November 20, 2:00 PM.  For tickets, see www.theaterone.org.

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