Top: 9/2/16, Bottom: 9/4/16
On August 31st, 2016, I pulled one of my best friends and first member of the LPP Team, Dylan, into one of the alcoves of lockers in our Drama Classroom during one of the quiet moments of our Thespian Board meeting. My drama teacher had just suggested to me that, in tandem with our own Laramie, that we united 49 productions in honor of the 49 Pulse victims. Somehow in my spilling out with this news, I stumbled upon the name The Laramie Project Project. Then, I declared: “I want Bowe and Bagby.”
One year ago today, on a ride back from a day at the shore with my best friend Julia, Dylan and I created a group chat with Kelly and Kayla. We asked them to come on board with our newfound initiative. Pretty sure the first text we got back was Kayla’s YES, and then Kelly’s Woah. I really wish I saved that chat or sceenshotted it.
That night, we hopped on Skype with Kayla, and immediately started a draft of a play about our own cyber travels, as if we could predict what they would bring. Two nights later, we Skyped Kelly and made a list of counties in New Jersey.
To the OG LPP Team–you were the first people in our lives to know about LPP, and the first to say yes.
All of our thanks to the 48 groups that have since signed on with our initiative, keeping the LPP alive, allowing us to arrive at this first birthday milestone.
Soon, ANYONE can purchase an LPP pin! We are setting up an Etsy shop to sell them for a low price that will be determined soon. Updates about the shop will be coming soon.
If you get a pin, we want your pictures of #LPPAroundTheWorld! Tweet them and tag @theLPP2017, or post them on Instagram and tag @thelaramieprojectproject.
We highly encourage all of our friends of the LPP to make a donation to help our Texan friends! Here is a link to an LGBTQ+ shelter in Houston, the Montrose Center.
It’s our goal to be as open as possible with our LPP friends about the future of our initiative. At this point in time, it is looking like it will take one more month to launch Phase 2 of the LPP, as we close up the Pulse Memory Project.
Registration is ALWAYS open for any performance/reading at ANY time at this link.
Be sure to keep checking the LPP Calendar of events to see if there are any LPP events near you! https://actingout4peaceblog.wordpress.com/calendar-of-events/
LPP Team Leader Alyssa Sileo