Considering Matthew Shepard
Name: Considering Matthew Shepard
Date: March 11, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM PST
Considering Matthew Shepard, a Grammy-nominated, three-part fusion oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson, was written as a musical response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. The piece incorporates many different musical styles, texts, interviews, newspaper articles, and even notes from Matt’s journal. In October 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming. A most brutal act of violence, it is known as one of America’s most egregious anti-gay hate crimes. As we approach the 25th anniversary of this tragedy, the Western Oregon University Choirs, along with the Chemeketa Community College Choirs and members of the community in cooperation with the Western Oregon Theatre Department, will present this Oratorio as part of a two-week commemoration of the story and legacy of Matthew Shepard that honors the experiences of all LGBTQIA+ youth. Powerfully cathartic…demonstrates music’s capacity to encompass, transform and transcend… -The Washington Post The Laramie Project Your ticket for Considering Matthew Shepard includes admission to The Laramie Project, a deeply moving theatrical experience constructed by Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project from more than 200 interviews with the people of Laramie. The play is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Performances dates in Rice Auditorium: Mar 2, 4, 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 PM and Mar 5 at 2:00 pm.