Napa Valley Conservatory Theater Announces
The North Bay Premiere of
The Laramie project: 10 YEARS LATER
Director Jennifer King revisits the crime that shocked the world and changed a nation.
Napa, CA - In 2002, the Napa Valley Conservatory Theater (NVCT) production of The Laramie Project, directed by NVCT Artistic Director and Napa Valley College professor, Jennifer King, became a theatrical phenomenon, breaking box office records and creating a call to community. A decade later, NVCT revisits the subject, opening the 2012/2013 season with The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. Produced at Napa Valley College, (the first college production of this play in California), this epilogue focuses on change, hope and healing as it is explores the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on Laramie and on the nation as a whole. The play includes follow-up interviews with many of the show’s original subjects as well as comments from Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, and his murderer, Aaron McKinney. The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, was written by Tectonic Theater members Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber and runs Sept. 21-Oct. 7, 2012. Director Jennifer King is looking forward to revisiting the subject. "I have been very connected to this subject matter for many years. I directed the North Bay premiere of The Laramie Project in 2002. In 2009, I directed a reading of the play at the Napa Valley Opera House with Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother. And now ten years after directing the original production at Napa Valley College, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work on this bold new work which examines how society writes its own history."
The NVC Performing Arts Center Studio Theater has flexible seating. Scenic designer Martin Flynn, former Design Associate with A.C.T. and newcomer to NVCT, has the opportunity to design the first theater-in-the-round (seating on all four sides of the stage) production in the new theater. The decision to play the show in this configuration is not a random one. King explains, "I am staging it in the round and bringing in special guest narrators who will be seated in the audience to create the feel of a "town hall" meeting . “ Guest narrators and their performance dates are: Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools on Friday, Sept. 21; Barry Martin, Community Outreach Coordinator, City of Napa and Co-Founder, Lucky Penny Productions on Saturday, Sept. 22; Kevin Courtney, City Editor, Napa Register on Sunday, Sept. 23; Paul Franson, Publisher and Editor, Napa Life on Friday, Sept. 28; Whitney LeBlanc, author/producer/director on Saturday, Sept. 29; Ian Stanley, Program Director, Napa LBGTQ Program on Friday, Oct. 5; Kellie Fuller, singer and radio host of “Kellie in the Morning” on KVON and The Vine, on Saturday, Oct. 6; and Joe Galambos, classical guitarist and NVC instructor on Sunday, Oct. 7. A post-show discussion moderated by Gregory Miraglia (Vice-President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board of Directors) will follow each performance.
In speaking of this play, Robert Bullen of the Huffington Post commented, “It's why we go to the theatre, folks. It slaps us awake and forces us to examine how we can support change not only as individuals, but as a community.”
The Laramie Project 10 Years Later plays Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29 & Oct. 5, 6 at 8pm; Sept. 23, 30 & Oct. 7 at 2pm in the Studio Theater at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. The Center is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy. at the north end of the Napa Valley College Campus. Tickets are $20 general, $15 sen/stu/mil. Tickets may be purchased online at www.napavalleytheater.org ; through the Box Office by phoning 707-256-7500; or at the door beginning one hour prior to performance time (space permitting).
Napa Valley Conservatory Theater is dedicated to providing professional quality theater productions in a college setting. Next up in November is My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Director – Jennifer King – Napa
Scenic Design – Martin Flynn – Oakland
Costume Design – Skipper Skeoch – Napa
Light Design – April George – Santa Rosa
Sound Design – Michael Bulatao – St. Helena
Stage Manager – Mimi Cornish – Napa
Assistant Director, Dramaturg – Linda Silverberg Miller – Napa
Cristhian Ayvar – Napa
Robert Ceballos – Napa
Gabriel Hernandez – Napa
Linda Howard – Napa
Dawn Johnson – Napa
Rafael Manzo – Napa
Richard Pallaziol – Napa
Alexis Pierce – Napa
Kyle Stoner – Napa
Berkeley Rousseau – Napa
Nicholas Joy – St. Helena
Jessica Loesch – St. Helena
Heather Brink – Vallejo
Anthony Haynes – American Canyon
Adam Palafox – Santa Rosa
Mikkel Simons – Vacaville