Thursday, May 29, 2014

SPECIAL EVENT: Lesléa Newman Speaks at THE LARAMIE PROJECT June 14, 2014

We’re so thrilled to welcome Lesléa Newman to The Seeing Place, where she will be our special guest speaker immediately following a performance of the award-winning play, THE LARAMIE PROJECT. In this monumental post-show discussion, Lesléa will be talking her personal experiences surrounding this hate crime which rocked the nation in October 1998, and will introduce her book, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD. She will also share the impact she has seen THE LARAMIE PROJECT make around the country in the wake of this galvanizing event.

The talkback will be followed by a book signing. You can purchase an advance copy of her book by clicking here or bring cash to the event, where copies will be available for purchase (cover price $15.99.)


THE LARAMIE PROJECT, with talkback and book signing by Lesléa Newman

June 14, 2014 (8pm)

The Seeing Place @ ATAs Sargent Theater
(314 W 54th St, 4th Floor - look for red sign outside, then proceed to rear elevator)

$12 General Admission (includes book signing)
Purchase by phone: 212-868-4444

(Note: be sure to choose June 14 as the event date)

Running Time:
The play runs 2 hours 15 minutes plus a 15 minute intermission. The talkback/book signing will start immediately following the play and will last 20-30 minutes.

Note: if you cannot attend this event but would like to see the play on another day, you may choose any date June 13-29, 2014, Wed-Sat 8pm & Sat-Sun 2pm. Click here for full details.

About Lesléa Newman:
Lesléa Newman is the author of HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES and was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was murdered. She arrived on campus the day he died. In order to make a difference and carry on Matt's legacy, she wrote the teen novel-in-verse, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD which has won many literary awards including an American Library Association Stonewall Honor. The book is a 2014 New York State Charlotte Award finalist. Ms. Newman works with the Matthew Shepard Foundation as a member of their speaker's bureau and has given her presentation, "He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard" at high schools, colleges, libraries, conferences, churches, =and community centers all across the country.

About The Seeing Place:
Now in its 5th Season, The Seeing Place is an actor-driven company: built by actors and managed by actors to be a base for actors who want to grow & hone their craft in a creative and supportive artistic home. We are forcefully committed to four elements of theatre-making: developing actors into thriving self-producers; honoring the craft of the actor's process through rehearsal and into performance; bringing organic, "fully lived" storytelling to our community; and making theater accessible for all New Yorkers by keeping ticket prices low and affordable.

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