Hey guys,  I am about 2 weeks in to rehearsal for a production I am directing at the Peninsula Community Theatre in Newport News.  I just wanted to take a moment and let you know about an amazing resource (in case you may not already know).  A few months ago I reached out to The Matthew Shepard Foundation via their website and was provided with over 200 files of research material including talk back guides, photos, videos and news articles.  I was able to use this in my research and share with my cast.  It is also available for use in production if credited, but I am choosing not to use video in our production.  These materials were a huge asset but the best part was a skype call they were able to do with us at our 4th rehearsal with the executive director of the foundation, Jason Marsden.  He provided incredible insight to myself and my cast as a news reporter at the time of the incident and someone that knew Matthew personally and knows a large majority of the other characters portrayed.  The Foundation is so generous in their support of our productions and I am so grateful to have them as a resource.   

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