What it's like being in The Laramie Project (please leave comments about your expirences)

For me it was great! All i could think at first was that i was happy to get into the play. On our first rehersal we watched the movie and i just love it! It made me cry but i loved how real it is and how they didnt leave anything out. However, when any person said anything that was close minded or horrible (ex. Babtist Minister, Doug Laws, Conrad Miller, Fred Phelps) i muttered under my breath something i do not think i should put on online blog. Right after we watched the movie we we told our parts, and what should happen, i got cast as the Babtist Minister. At first I wasnt extremly happy because of what a horrible person he is, but as the rehersing process went on, i was glad i got that part. It is important because people need to see that there are some individuals that wont agree with everything that we have to say and they need to learn how to get past that. Working on the Laramie Project has taught me that Matthew Shepards story must be told, and that we are the ones that must tell it! And all i can hope for is that in telling this story, nothing like it ever happens again.

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Comment by JuanCarlos Contreras on March 12, 2011 at 2:09pm

Yeah, I agree with you. What surprised me was that my director decided to have a few of us be supporters of Fred Phelps so while he's doing his monologues under Romaine Patterson, a few of us, including myself, are holding the 'God Hates F***' signs.

It's a horrible thing to do, but I feel a stronger connection with the play because of it.  I feel like I have the full idea of the play now because I am basically both sides of it (being Dennis Shepard and being a supporter of Fred Phelps).

We open in two more weeks and I have to say, this was an amazing experience and I'm so proud that if I ever continue acting after high school, this will be on my acting resume :)

Comment by Tiffany Redmon on January 21, 2011 at 4:52pm

Hi Dylan, 


Your words are extremely profound.  I agree that all we can do is to continue to tell this story with the hope that nothing like this ever happens again.  




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