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Trinity Church Wall Street Presents New York’s First Fully Staged Performances of “Considering Matthew Shepard”

September 17 @ 7:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until September 17, 2022

Free

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Trinity Church Wall Street’s season opener this fall reflects Ghandi’s famous quote “In the midst of darkness, light persists.” A stunning composition of hope and light that arose from terrible violence, GRAMMY Award-winner Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard makes its fully staged New York premiere at St. Paul’s Chapel on September 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30pm.

Johnson created this epic fusion oratorio as “a space for reflection, consideration, and unity around [Shepard’s] life and legacy.” Matthew Shepard was a University of Wyoming student who was brutally attacked in an anti-gay hate crime on October 6, 1998.  Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and left to die, in what became one of America’s most visible anti-LGBTQ hate crimes. Shepard’s murder led to the creation of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and provided a catalyst for legislation that expanded the definition of a hate crime to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed by President Obama in October 2009.

Johnson worked with the Shepard family and the Matthew Shepard Foundation to create this significant work and was allowed to use personal fragments from Shepard’s diary. The show also incorporates poetry from Leslea Newman’s book October Mourning as well as original texts.

Prior to the opening performance on Thursday, September 15, Trinity presents a panel discussion, “The Weaponization of Spirituality.” A panel of experts will discuss the connections between spiritual violence and physical violence that targets LGBTQ+ people. This vital discussion with be moderated by Liz Edman, Episcopal priest, political strategist and author of Queer Virtue, and will include Beverly Tillery, executive director of NYC Anti-Violence Project; the Rev. Matthew Welsch, priest and director of Youth and Community Care at Trinity; and Tabytha Gonzalez, associate human rights specialist and transgender liaison at the NYC Commission on Human Rights.

On Friday evening following the performance, the creative team will take the stage for a talkback discussion. Stage directors Elliott Forest and Rod Caspers, music director Malcolm J. Merriweather, and producer Melissa Baker will discuss the vision behind Trinity’s rendition of Considering Matthew Shepard, moderated by activist Cathy Renna, who was on the ground in Laramie immediately following the discovery of Matt’s beating and who has worked with the family ever since. Renna currently serves as communications director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

September 15-17, 7:30pm at St Paul’s Chapel  

Craig Hella Johnson Considering Matthew Shepard

Malcolm J. Merriweather, Music Director

Elliott Forrest and Rod Caspers, Stage Directors

Beowulf Boritt, Scenic Designer

Ken Billington, Lighting Designer

Claudia Stefany, Costume Designer

Elliott Forrest, Projection Designer

Dustin Z West, Production Supervisor

Nate Bertone, Scenic Assistant

Lauren Page Russell, Props Supervisor

Melissa Baker, Producer

Brian Giebler as Matthew Shepard

Nickolas Karageorgiou, Narrator

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; NOVUS NY

 

September 15, 6pm at St Paul’s Chapel  

Panel: The Weaponization of Spirituality

Liz Edman, Moderator, Priest, Political Strategist, and author of Queer Virtue

Beverly Tillery, Executive Director, NYC Anti-Violence Project

The Rev. Matthew Welsch, Priest and Director, Youth and Community Care, Trinity Church Wall Street

Tabytha Gonzalez, Associate Human Rights Specialist and Transgender Liaison, NYC Commission on Human Rights

 

September 16, 9pm at St Paul’s Chapel  

Talkback with the Creative Team

Cathy Renna, Moderator

Malcolm J. Merriweather, Music Director

Elliott Forrest and Rod Caspers, Stage Directors

Melissa Baker, Producer

Details

Date:
September 17
Time:
7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Tags:
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Website:
https://trinitywallstreet.org/music/fall-22-season#matthewshepard

Venue

St. Paul’s Chapel
209 Broadway
New York, NY 10007 United States
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Phone:
(212) 602-0800
Website:
https://trinitywallstreet.org/visit/st-pauls-chapel