Saturday, October 6, 2018
Hospitality reception - 6:30 pm
Curtain - 8:00 pm
Please join us! Tickets are $25 each and available at The Center and The Annex, during regular operating hours. Call 661.404.5209 for more information.
The Center's crowd favorite is just around the corner - it's Theater Night 2018! This year, we are proud to be the Premier Sponsor of the Bakersfield Community Theatre's production of "The Laramie Project". Hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theater, the play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community.
In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, , tortured and left, alone, to die. His body -- battered, bloody, barely clinging to life -- was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay.
The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. The Tectonic Theater Project, led by their founder Moisés Kaufman, traveled to Laramie in the aftermath of the murder with the intent of creating a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fueled violence. Over the course of a year and a half, the group interviewed over 200 subjects, some directly related to the case and some regular citizens of Laramie. Out of these interviews, journal entries, and found texts, The Laramie Project was born.
Join your Center friends under balmy skies, where hospitality flows and friends gather in community and harmony. This evening is just around the corner as The Center celebrates the event of the year at the Bakersfield Community Theatre on Saturday, October 6. Savor cowboy chic food, beer, wine and sodas at a pre-show reception on the brick veranda. You will have the opportunity to mingle with friends old and new, take home treasures from our raffle, and then settle in to enjoy the premier performance of this griping production of The Laramie Project in the historic 87-year-old theatre.
Your ticket includes the show, food and a drink. Your participation will benefit your Center - dedicated to providing a sense of community, self-respect and hope to all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in our county. Join us! Call 661.404.5209 for more information.