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“The Laramie Project” Production Canceled at New Jersey High School

laramie project Post submitted by Sharon Groves, former HRC Director, Religion and Faith Program

The Laramie Project, a play about the murder of Matthew Shepard, was canceled by administrators at Notre Dame High school in Trenton, NJ, because they felt it was too controversial. The students at Notre Dame think differently:  

“ ‘I wanted to do a show that had meaning and purpose to it and when I found out we were doing “The Laramie Project” I got really excited because this show teaches the values I’ve been taught my last 12 years of Catholic education,’ cast member and Notre Dame senior Tessa Holtenrichs said. ‘When I was told we couldn’t do it, I felt like it was really hypocritical.’ ”

Holtenrichs went on to say:

“ ‘My director, Ms. (Diane) Wargo, said something pretty powerful,’ [Tessa] Holtenrichs said. ‘She said Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to have so many rules about who to love and how to love. I thought that was great.’ ”

Far from being too controversial, the students at Notre Dame are looking for an opportunity to put their faith teachings into action.  It is a shame the school administration denied them such an experience.  See the powerful piece about this in New Ways Ministry blog, Bondings.

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