A Musical Drama in one act based on the events surrounding the death of Matthew Shepard. Performed by Opera Fusion.
Words and Music by Michael W. Ross.
|Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 pm|||||Sunday, Sept. 25, 3 pm|
University Theatre, FAU Boca Raton
Tickets $20 at 800-564-9539 or www.fauevents.com
"Not in My Town" is the story of the events surrounding the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student who was beaten and left tied to a fence to die. The murder brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation. As a result, Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. “There are parallels to other civil rights movements – bullying and prejudice of all types can happen anywhere. My subjects involve themes of social injustice and are very personal to me.” – Michael W. Ross. Opera Fusion is a nonprofit artist-driven company of professional South Florida singers. Executive Director Birgit Fioravante said, “This work has everything a new ‘opera’ should have – great music, great drama, and a riveting story. The tonal palate is somewhere between grand opera and musical theater... It has the potential to move people much in the same way ‘West Side Story’ first did in its day.”