Considering Matthew Shepard :: 20 Years

A Film Screening

November 13 at Z Space

Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming teenager who became a national figure after he was beaten and left for dead for being gay in 1998, has inspired plays, documentaries and books. Now he’s the subject of a choral piece, an oratorio called “Considering Matthew Shepard” that explores his life, death and legacy. 

On Tuesday evening 11/13/18, The Lab :: Writing Classes with Matthew Clark Davison* will partner with Z Space and KLRU in support of national public television to screen and facilitate a discussion of Considering Matthew Shepard. The documentary unpacks the process Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director of the Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare,  takes on by placing the story of Matthew Shepard into the context of a passion story and other choral traditions, bringing new depth to a harrowing story of loss. This elegy for an American icon is Conspirare’s greatest undertaking yet. 

The screening of the 60-minute film and the after-discussion are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are encouraged below.


*Matthew Clark Davison is a writer and educator who runs "The Lab," a 6-week generative writing workshop that meets in San Francisco. There, writers of all levels ask/observe/explore/experiment with the question: how does one take the ingredients of life and transform it into something creative?