I highly recommend that you do not miss a chance to see this play performed by students at a local high school or college. The play is a sad reminder that this year is the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder and there is still no hate crime legislation. People are still be attacked, beaten and murdered because of the basis of their sexual orientation.
The director’s program notes asks if the play is still relevant today? She says, “The destructiveness of hate and the redemptive power of hope and forgiveness – are just as timely today as they were when the play opened. There is sadly no noticeable change in the realm of national Hate Crime Statistics…Just last week in Oxnard, CA, a 15 year old boy, Lawrence King, was murdered by a 14 year old peer who reportedly did not like the fact that Lawrence was openly gay.”