All proceeds from the Oct. 11 performance will be donated to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded in honor of Shepard, who died Oct. 12, 1998.
Presented in conjunction with the Ford's production of The Laramie Project and as part of The Lincoln Legacy Project, the vigil will feature remarks by the late Shepard's father, Dennis Shepard, as well as a performance by members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington. Rev. Dwayne Johnson of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington will lead an interfaith moment of silence.
A multi-year effort to create dialogue in Washington, DC, around the issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance, The Lincoln Legacy Project features a series of cornerstone theatre productions, educational programs and special events, which look at racial and religious intolerance, social injustice and civil rights in American history and contemporary society.
Ford's Theatre, which has been closed due to the government shutdown, has relocated several performances of The Laramie Project to First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.