Monday, October 12, 2009

Laramie Project In Louisville-Ten Years Later

Tonight at the Pamela Brown Theatre will be a performance of The Laramie Project-Ten Years Later at 8 PM EDT.

Laramie is the hometown of the late Matthew Shepard, whose gruesome 1998 murder galvanized support for hate crimes legislation that has yet to pass Congress.

The Tectonic Theater Project conducted a series of interviews with Laramie residents in the wake of Matthew Shepard's murder in order to better understand the community. Those interviews became the seeds in 2000 for the Laramie Project, one of the most performed plays in America.

Ten years after Matthew Shepard’s death, the Tectonic Theatre Project returned to Laramie to see how the community had changed since the murder.

“One of the things we found when we got there,” shared playwright Mois├ęs Kaufman, “which greatly surprised us, was people in Laramie saying this was not a hate crime.”

“We found the people of Laramie still fighting their own history…their own story,” continued playwright Leigh Fondakowski.

Actors Theatre of Louisville is joining over 100 theatres in all 50 states and across the world premiering a stage reading of the Tectonic Theatre Project’s The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, an epilogue to the original theatre piece.

The evening will commence with a live Lincoln Center webcast address from Kaufman, followed by the Actors Theatre’s 2009/2010 Acting Apprentice Company reading of the piece.

The night concludes with a panel discussion led by the Fairness Campaign addressing the importance of Hate Crimes legislation protecting LGBTQ individuals, and what citizens can do to make the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act a reality.

Birthday girl and C-FAIR Co-chair Dawn Wilson will be taking part in the post performance panel discussion along with Director Michael Legg, Chris Hartman, Director of the Fairness Campaign, Michael Aldridge, Director of the ACLU-KY and a student leader from the University of Louisville.

Should be an enjoyable and informative evening at Actor's Theatre.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Stonewall 40th Anniversary

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that jumped off the modern GLBT rights movement.

While its been amazing to see the progress that the GLBT community not only here in Kentucky but nationally has made over the last 40 years, we still have a long rod yet to travel.

Today is a day to take stock in where the movement is now and visualize the type of Kentucky and the type of America we would wish to live in, then do whatever is necessary to make it happen.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Roasting Carla

Friday night we had the honor of roasting iconic activist Carla F. Wallace as part of a CFAIR fundraiser hosted at the home of Burt Greenwell.

We had a wonderful laugh-filled time thanks to our Master of Ceremonies Dan Farrell. The tributes came from various people in the Louisville's progressive activist community, Fairness Campaign Executive Director Chris Hartman and other friends of Carla.

One of the highlights besides our Master of ceremonies was Carol Kraemer's ode to Carla she entitled 'No Justice, No Pee', and previous roastee Eric Graniger's humorous peek into Carla's shoe closet.

We had a wonderful time and raised money for CFAIR at the same time.

C-FAIR would like to thank Burt Greenwell for generously offering his home for the affair. We do thank everyone who attended, who donated money, and who volunteered to help the event run smoothly.

We also thank the honoree, who has provided visionary leadership for all these years.

The roast will become an annual event as well, so stay tuned to this blog to find out who next year's roastee will be.

And Carla is insisting on getting first dibs in suggesting our next target.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Carla's Roast

C-FAIR will honor one of our iconic civil rights figures on June 26th with a roast of Carla Wallace.

The address for the roast is 1333 South 3rd Street, Louisville, KY

Our emcee for the evening will be Dan Farrell.

There will be a sliding pay scale for the event with a $50 suggested contribution.

Roast time is also being auctioned off as well to the highest bidder, so to do so e-mail or call 502-893-0788

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

CFAIR Has A Blog!

As part of our ongoing education mission and to keep you updated as to what exciting things we're up to, CFAIR is joining the blogosphere!

We'll be using this blog to keep you up to date and informed about our activities, exciting new and ongoing projects, action alerts, and other issues that affect Louisville, Jefferson County, and Kentucky.

Our CFAIR Co-Chairs will occasionally post their thoughts from time to time as well.

So welcome to our blogosphere home.