The Front Row

The Front Row, Monday, 10/12/2009

Director Justin Doran and members of his cast talk about and perform an excerpt from The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, a play by Moïses Kaufman, fashioned from the texts of interviews with residents of Laramie, Wyoming, and the friends, mother, and killer of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered; he died on October 12th, 1998. The UH School of Theater is one of a hundred companies nationwide that are presenting world-première readings of the play this evening, on the anniversary of Shepard's death…

Today is the 11th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, a young gay student at the University of Wyoming, who was kidnapped, robbed, tortured and murdered because he was a homosexual. This evening, more than one-hundred theaters around the nation will present coordinated world-première staged readings of Moïses Kauman’s play, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, fashioned out of interviews conducted in 2008 with residents of Laramie Wyoming, Matthew Shepard’s mother, Jean Shepard, now an activist for gay rights and one of Matthew Shepard’s convicted killers, Aaron McKinney. The Houston production of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, will be presented, this evening at 7:00PM at the University of Houston’s School of Theatre, in its Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre. KUHF’s St. John Flynn chats with Doran and castmembers from the reading. Listen Download

Artistic Director Kevin Riehle conducts the singers of his professional choral ensemble, Cantare Houston, in works by Central and South-American composers in the program that opens the group’s 7th season, Our Latin-American Neighbors. There are two performances: Saturday evening at 7:30PM at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church and next Sunday afternoon at 5:00PM in the Belin Chapel on the campus of Houston Baptist University on Fondren Road. St. John Flynn chats with Riehle about the concert. Listen Download  Extended Interview

KUHF’s Catherine Lu speaks with choreographer Becky Beaullieu Valls, Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. Ms. Valls’ latest multi-disciplinary piece, Memoirs of the Sistahood, Chapter Two: House — created in collaboration with her sister, Babette, a sculptor who lives in New Orleans and their colleague, Alaskan film-maker, Deborah Schildt — has its world première this weekend and next at the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex. Listen Download

KUHF’s Meghan Hendley, heads over to Art League Houston to chat with their 2009 Texas Artist of the Year, Beaumont photographer, Keith Carter, whose retrospective exhibition, Unseen and Rediscovered, is on view at the Art League through October 30th. Listen Download  Extended Interview