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The purpose of this play when it was written was to encourage communities to talk together about hate crime and to foster discussion about how communities struggle with explaining the reality of the human condition. It is our goal to help the community mature and come together to help define what type of a community they want the Hutchinson area to be, and demonstrate ways that change can actually happen. We plan on two methods to measure the impact of this program. A post card sized survey that would include the usual data to be collected from guests to a performance such as this. In addition the card will invite all that are interested to a public discussion with each other and the actors about the performance, its impact on Laramie and its possible impact on the Hutchinson area. This discussion will be hosted at the Historic Church within 5 days of the close of the show. The discussion will be moderated by representatives of Historic Hutchinson, The Hutchinson Theater Company and The Hutchinson Center For the Arts. It is the intention that the discussion will help create a community conscience about acceptance and interaction between the actors and audience.
31 people attended this public discussion hosted by cast members. It was a huge success. It was a thoughtful discussion that gave a platform for many people concerned about the topic of being gay in rural Minnesota. A comfortable and safe environment and tone was created. It was an awesome and rewarding discussion for all. We believe the results of this whole project enables our group to feel more comfortable addressing social justice issues and helps us prove that theater and history can be used to educate the public.
Other, local or private
The Laramie Project
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor/director/teacher; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Pam Blake: retired art teacher, visual arts, Tyler Arts Council, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, Southwest Minnesota State University Associate director for Access Opportunity Success program; Tom Wirt: artist, owner of Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Discover Dassel committee, Board member for Litchfield Community Education, Exhibit committee for Dassel Area Historical Society; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: human resources director, bead and quill work; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice and dance teacher; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Claire Swanson: visual arts, art teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.
Ruth Ascher: Arts administration; Cheryl Avenel-Navara: Arts appreciator; Pam Blake: Visual, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Bill Gossman: Visual, music; Dusan Milanovic: Visual, theatre; Andrew Nordin: Visual; Janet Olney: Visual, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board, Eric Parish: Music, theatre.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Nicole DeBoer (507) 537-1471