ANNA VOVK AND ALYSSA SAAVEDRA
This fall the San Marcos’s theater class will perform The Laramie Project. The play explores the 1998 death of Matthew Shepard, a Laramie, Wyoming student, and the effects it had on his community.
“I feel that this play is really poignant and timely because the law for marriage equality was just passed this year,” said San Marcos’s theater arts director, Ms. Riley Berris. ” I also think that it was an awful thing to have happened in our past.”
She hopes that The Laramie Project will positively impact the school, and the Santa Barbara community.
A contemporary play, it addresses one of the biggest problems affecting America today: discrimination of homosexuals. Many students from the cast hope that this play will really make people think before they speak.
“I hope this play will make people think before they bully or tease someone for their identity,” said junior, Nyrie Mietzke, who plays Romaine Patterson.
“This play is very controversial, but that is what makes it all the more interesting,” said senior, Ryan Ostendorf, who plays Aaron McKinney.
The Laramie Project is a play that should not be missed. It has great potential to affect attitudes in the San Marcos community.
“This play is the polar opposite of anything we have done,” said junior, Jason Gonzales Larson. who plays Dr. Cantway.
The Laramie Project will bring a new and fresh outlook to high school theater.
Although this play covers a topic that should be discussed, some cast members are worried about the reaction from their fellow students.
“I think that there will be a backlash where people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, and that there will be immature students who will go and make fun of it,” said junior, Megan Wilson, who plays Leigh Fondakowski.
The Laramie Project is a hard-hitting piece that will open the eyes of San Marcos’s students, and hopefully help bring solidarity to our school and it’s homosexual community.