In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young college student in Wyoming, was beaten and left to die in a brutal homophobic attack. That incident so moved me that I wrote a play, How High the Moon, as a tribute to him. That play went on to win the 2002 Stanley Drama Award, followed by a successful production at a small theater in New York City.
The 25th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death is coming up on October 12, 2023. I’m hoping many theaters will want to pay tribute to him, perhaps by producing How High the Moon. I know that theaters plan their seasons well in advance, which is why I am contacting you now.
To me, Matthew’s murder seemed larger than a single incident, but rather a summation of the murderous hatred that has long plagued gays. I had the idea to juxtapose it against the Holocaust, because what bigger act of hatred has there ever been? In researching what happened to gays during the Holocaust, I came across the true story of an unlikely love affair between a Polish youth and Nazi soldier during the German occupation of Warsaw. I decided to weave together the two stories to show a single hate crime in the context of a national homophobic agenda.
In How High the Moon, a Polish youth turns to prostitution to support his family and falls in love with a German soldier. Eighty years later, an American college student risks his life when he comes out to his closest friend and tells her he plans to participate in the Gay Pride Day parade. Both stories, woven together, play off each other, and test the strength of love against crushing odds.
Unfortunately, Covid located one of our actresses on the community crime report and targeted her, so we are cancelling this Saturday’s performance of “Women Behind Bars” at 11 PM, but we are still on for Saturday, August 20, at 11 PM, and we may even add a Friday night show! We apologize for any inconvenience!
Please note that ”I Dreamed a Dreamgirl” is still on for Saturday night! Don’t miss it!
Anyone can whistle, but when ”Louise” does it, the jailhouse rocks! Peggie Kaan Dull keeps the Matron happy in “Women Behind Bars.” TA’s Dangerous After Dark not-for-kids production starts Saturday night at 11 PM!
Set your weekend on fire with an R-rated venture into TA’s Dangerous After Dark’s production of “Women Behind Bars!” Sarah Thompson is everyone’s favorite arsonist, “Ada.” Your sentence begins Saturday at 11 PM!