Wyoming Arts Council

Bozeman Public Library presents Gregory Hinton's "Beyond Brokeback: A Staged Reading with Music" Oct. 1

From Gregory Hinton, who will be heading to Cody in November for a resident fellowship with the Cody Institute of Western American Studies at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for his abstract “Out West at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center:”

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation and Out West 2011 present Beyond Brokeback: A Staged Reading with Music at the Bozeman, Mont., Public Library on Saturday, October 1, 7:00 P.M.

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation, with major support by HBO, is pleased to be the first in Montana to host Beyond Brokeback: A Staged Reading with Music. Inspired by the landmark film Brokeback Mountain, the program consists of a staged reading of messages, essays, poetry, and music. The event is free and open to the public, to be held in the Large Community Room at the Bozeman Public Library on Saturday, October 1, 7 p.m. Mayor Jeff Krauss will join a cast of local readers and musicians, including Ann Tappan on piano and Edis Kittrell on guitar. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Beyond Brokeback was first developed and performed at the Autry National Center in L.A. last December as part of its acclaimed “Out West at the Autry” series and in commemoration of the 5th Anniversary of Brokeback Mountain. Beyond Brokeback was most recently performed by the Theatre and Dance Department of the University of Wyoming in Laramie for the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice in April, the City of West Hollywood’s One City/One Pride Culture Series in June and is scheduled to be presented by Chicago’s Roosevelt University in its 3,700 seat historic Auditorium Theatre on November 13th, directed by David Zak.

“We are lucky to have a production of this caliber at the Bozeman Public Library, and to be the first in the state to bring this program to the community is truly an honor,” said Paula K. Beswick, director of the Bozeman Public Library Foundation.

Beyond Brokeback: A Staged Reading with Music was adapted by Out West creator and producer Gregory Hinton from the 2007 book Beyond Brokeback: Impact of a Film written by Members of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum website, culled from over 500,000 posts. Excerpts of poignant and humorous messages, essays, and poetry — by writers young and old, male and female, gay and straight — will be interpreted by six readers.

Original songs from the CD “Meet Me on the Mountain,” also inspired by the film and written by acclaimed Los Angeles Master Chorale singer/composer Shawn Kirchner will be performed.

The production is generously sponsored by HBO, the David Bohnett Foundation, Gill Foundation, and the Gay & Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation. For more information about this and future programs, please contact Paula Beswick at 582-2426 or director@bozemanlibraryfoundation.org.

Press inquiries please contact: Gregory Hinton, Producer, Out West, 323.876.9585, gregoryhinton@earthlink.net

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