In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left lashed to a fence to die. The horror of this murder pushed Laramie into the media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia, gay-bashing and hate crimes. As Laramie braced for the trials of Matthew’s killers, filmmaker and UA professor Beverly Seckinger returned to her hometown to see how his murder was transforming the site of her own closeted adolescence—and document the town’s anguish in her moving film, LARAMIE INSIDE OUT. Along the way, Seckinger confronts “God-hates-fags” Westboro Baptist Church Reverend Fred Phelps, who condemns Shepard and all LGBTQ people to hell.
A screening of Seckinger’s 2004 documentary, LARAMIE INSIDE OUT, is programmed in conjunction with the UA Presents performance of the oratorio CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD, a Grammy-nominated three-part oratorio composed by Craig Hella Johnson.
CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD
TUE, APR 16, 7:30pm
LARAMIE INSIDE OUT
WED, APR 17, 7pm
The Loft Cinema
Joining Director Beverly Seckinger for a post-screening discussion will be Greg Pierotti, Assistant Professor of Theatre in the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television, who was a lead writer on the Tectonic Theatre Company’s award winning play, “The Laramie Project”.
October 12, 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of Matthew’s death, a watershed moment that continues to reverberate through the ongoing struggle to create a more just world. Yet most college students today have never heard the name Matthew Shepard. CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD and LARAMIE INSIDE OUT vividly recount and acknowledge this pivotal chapter in LGBTQ history, keeping Matthew’s memory alive.