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Third Annual Erase Hate Through Art

 

EXHIBIT OPENS OCTOBER 1, 2016 & RUNS THROUGH OCTOBER 30, 2016

GALA CELEBRATION HELD  SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 2016

HOSTED BY ANITA MINNET

 

The Second annual “Erase Hate Through Art” Exhibition will take place October 1-30, 2016 at the Columbia Art Center 6100 Foreland Garth Columbia, MD

This exhibition is open to artists working in all mediums.

Artists interested in sharing their inspiration can submit an online application by filling out the form below:  The deadline for applications is September 2, 2016, This exhibition is FREE to all submitting artists. For information contact the curator by email at  grant@erasehatethroughart.com with the subject line “2016 Artist Application”.

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Proceeds from sales will be shared equally between artist, the PFLAG of Howard County and Erase Hate Through Art.

We have assembled names and stories of some of the most notorious hate crimes of the last thirty-five years as a beginning. As you read the stories of these men, women and children, the extreme nature of a hate crime will be revealed. Often characterized by over-kill, where the perpetrator continued to attack their quarry even after they were deceased, these victims suffered some of the most horrifically violent deaths imaginable. These people, young and old, were students, artists, politicians, and members of our armed forces; straight allies and activists. More importantly, they were friends and family. These individuals loved and were loved and their passing has not gone unnoticed. Through the powerful transformation of the imagination becoming art, they live on; to inspire hope and remind us of how far we have come, and yet how far we have to go. So lend us your pencil, pen, brush, chisel or trowel. Forge a new masterpiece with the hammer and anvil of creativity.


The 2014 erase hate through art Exhibition
Our 1st GALLERY OPENING & SPECIAL EVENT was held on SEPTEMBER 14TH 2014

As part of the opening celebrations at the COLUMBIA ARTS CENTER, 6100 Foreland Garth Columbia, Maryland. We hosted a poetry reading featuring elements from MANNEQART, as well as several other poets and speakers from around the area.  Our fantastic hostess for the readings, ANITA MINETT did a magnificent job introducing all our artists, while also discussing her own personal experiences.

ColumbiaArtCenterOur examination began September 14, 2014 at the Columbia Arts Center, a Columbia Association Facility, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045 with the opening of “Erasing Hate Through Art, Creativity Takes Courage”. This exhibit presented the work of local artists who, by examining the fate of victims of LGBTQ related hate crimes, revealed the nature of hatred through courageous expressions of creativity, compassion, and caring.

This exhibit was presented in conjunction with Grant Myers’s production of Tectonic Theater Group’s The Laramie Project. The play examines the impact of a violent hate crime on the close-knit community of Laramie, Wyoming. In the wee hours of October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence, pistol whipped, robbed, and left alone to face the cold Wyoming wind.  After seventeen hours, he was found and transported to a Colorado hospital where he succumbed to his injuries six days later. Only months before, on June 7, James Byrd Jr. was chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged three miles to his death after his body hit a concrete curb. His attackers dumped his battered corpse near a cemetery a mile further down the road. Matthew was attacked because he was gay. James only crime was the color of his skin. Thousands of miles separated them while hate joins them forever in the battle against hatred.


 

President Barack Obama greets Louvon Harris, left, Betty Byrd Boatner, right, both sisters of James Byrd, Jr., and Judy Shepard, center, mother of Matthew Shepard, following his remarks at a reception commemorating the enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 28, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. It expanded the 1969 United States Federal Hate-Crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gendersexual orientationgender identity, or disability.

In spite of this far-reaching legislation, hate crimes are still pervasive in our society, and their incidence is on the rise through out the country. The American LGBTQ community is often the target of hate crimes.

Gallery Profiles

Erase Hate Through Art is excited to be working in partnership with the Columbia Art Center. Click on Logo For Link To Gallery Page

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Theater

Erase Hate Through Art  – Theatrical Productions

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Opening October 2015

Stop Kiss is a play written by the American playwright Diana Son, and was produced in 1998 at The Public Theater New York City. It was extended three times. It focuses on the touching story of Sara and Callie, who are assaulted on the street after their first kiss.

Sara and Callie are walking through New York City’s West Village very late at night, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. She falls into a coma, which becomes one of the major subjects of the play. George, Callie’s good friend, tries to help with the situation, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara’s ex-boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion in this play.

 

Our Premiere Production – October 2014

The Laramie Project is a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project (specifically, Leigh Fondakowski, Stephen Belber, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts, Stephen Wangh, Amanda Gronich, Sara Lambert, John McAdams, Maude Mitchell, Andy Paris, and Kelli Simpkins) about the reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming.

Stop Kiss

STOP KISS by Diana Son
Fall 2015

Sara and Callie are walking through New York City’s West Village very late at night, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. She falls into a coma, which becomes one of the major subjects of the play. George, Callie’s good friend, tries to help with the situation, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara’s ex-boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion in this play.

The story is told out of chronological order: alternating scenes take place respectively before and after the assault, which is not shown onstage.

The Laramie Project

laramiepostertest1TheLaramie Project is a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project (specifically, Leigh Fondakowski, Stephen Belber, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts, Stephen Wangh, Amanda Gronich, Sara Lambert, John McAdams, Maude Mitchell, Andy Paris, and Kelli Simpkins) about the reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crimes laws in various states, including Wyoming.

 

The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports. It is divided into three acts, and eight actors portray more than sixty characters in a series of short scenes.

 

 

Rehearsal Photos

Cast/Crew

The Laramie Project Ensemble

Cast

 

LaramieIMG_1145Derek Cooper – Derek has performed in numerous shows within the Maryland area. His community credits include The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Romeo and Juliet at Reisterstown Theatre Project, All Shook Up at Dundalk Community Theatre and a variety of performances for Pumpkin Theatre; last seen in their production of Peter Pan and Wendy. He is a 2011 graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Public Relations. Derek currently works as an Assistant Guest Services Supervisor at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. He would like to thank all of the talented artists he’s worked with and learned from during this experience, as well as his family for their never-ending love and support.

 

LaramieIMG_1106Amy Davis – Amy is honored to be a part of this production of The Laramie Project, especially in the context of the greater Erase Hate Through Art event. Amy believes strongly that art should be a medium for changing the world and the cause of acceptance for all in our society is a story that should always be told. She has performed in the local area for the past several years. Credits include Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Roadwith Off the Quill, Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard with Quotidian Theatre Company, and Desdemona in Othellowith Cedar Lane Stage. She can be found on-line at www.amyedavis.com

 

IMG_1566Christopher Dochin – Chris is ecstatic to be returning to the big stage and couldn’t be happier to be a part of the cast for the Laramie Project. Chris graduated from Old Mill, Glen Burnie and attended Salisbury University with majors in English and Education and later changing to English, Journalism and Public Relations. But through that change he continued with his minors in Music, Theater and Dance. After leaving college he got a job for the Air Force, has been with them since and has recently become the GLBTQ Coordinator for the union on his installation. Though he has not been on the theater stage since college he has kept up with his love of performances and has been an active member of the Academy of Washington DC, INC. as a male entertainer. He can also be seen entertaining at PW’s in Laurel alongside his Drag Family, The Adams, and other talented Queens and Male Entertainers.  He would like to clarify that as a male entertainer he gets on stage and portrays male characters while performing numbers from various genres of music, basically the male equivalent of a Drag Queen and not to be confused with male entertainers of the tube sock and oiled skin variety. He would like to thank Grant Myers for scouting him and convincing him to audition for the Laramie Project. He would like to thank Regina and Ashlee Jozet Adams as well as the Academy of Washington DC, INC. for giving him a means in which he could continue his love of performing. And finally his Mother and Father for always believing in him and pushing him to enjoy life and take what comes with a smile.

 

LaramieIMG_1196Antoinette Greene – Antoinette is happy to be part of the production of The Laramie Project playing  a great ensemble of women. She is now finishing up a Western “The Lonesome Trail” where she plays Alice Barnaby, and a series “Bye Chance”. Antoinette has studied with Martin Blank, Delaney Williams and Vera Katz. And works at FOX TV as a Broadcast Technician. And gives much thanks to the production team for allowing me to express myself.

 

LaramieIMG_1104Shealyn Jae – Shealyn is so excited and honored to be a part of The Laramie Project. Her previous roles include Aggie in The Game’s Afoot,  Estelle in The Full Monty, The Angry Vagina in Vagina Monologues, and Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone. Many hugs and kisses to the cast and crew for their amazing work.  Y gracias por mi amor…sin su apoyo no soy nada!! Te amo mucho mucho!

 

 

LaramieLaramieIMG_1130Dan Kavanaugh – Dan most recently portrayed Captain Taylor in 2nd Star Production’s A Soldier’s Play. Favorite theater roles include Back of the Throat (Carl), Almost Maine(Steve/Randy/Daniel) and The Shadow Box (Joe) with Dignity Players; Copenhagen(Heisenberg) and Lost In Yonkers (Eddie) with Colonial Players; Lost in Yonkers (Uncle Louie), Sylvia (Tom/Phyllis/Leslie), and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Michael) at Bowie Playhouse which was a recipient of the British Embassy’s Ruby Griffith Award for All Around Production Excellence. Dan appeared in the television documentary Capturing Oswald as Detective Jim Leavelle and has played multiple roles in crime recreation shows on the Investigation Discovery Channel. Dan’s voiceover work has included spots for the University of Maryland and various federal agencies. Directing credits include Dracula, The Shadow Box, Bus Stop, and Stop Kiss. Dan performs year-round with the Center for the Application & Scholarship of Theater (CAST) housed at George Washington University School of Medicine which creates original theater and professional development workshops that engage health professionals in how to improve the culture of medicine. Dan invites you to visit his website at www.backstage.com/dankavanaugh and to follow him (and he will follow you back) on Twitter @DKavan1

 

 

IMG_1583RTom Tomlinson – Tom – actor and musician, is honored and ecstatic to be part of this landmark work and creative new company. Tom was recently nominated for a WMIFF award for Beat Lead Actor in a Short Film for Public Relations. Other local independent films include The Dark, Split Personality, Incubator, and H.I.Me. He’s also portrayed various detectives, villains and victims for Discovery ID shows such as The Nightmare Next Door andSouthern Fried Homicide. Favorite stage roles include Nat in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens for Spotlighters Theatre, several roles in Ibsen adaptations for the Ambassador of Norway with the Embassy Players, and Gonzalo in The Tempest at Laurel Mill Playhouse. Tom has also been found in the orchestra pit at Laurel Mill, playing bass for Hair and Company, and guitar for Godspell. Much love and thanks to the cast, crew and company of this amazing production.

 

 

IMG_1559RSuzanne Young Suzanne is happy to be a part of this riveting play. She most recently played Jessica in Silhouette Stages’ production of Curtains, and the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina in Laurel Mills’ You Can’t Take it With You. Last year, she performed in Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot at Salem Players, Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show at Artistic Synergy, Fiddler on the Roof at Spotlighters and Medea at Mobtown Players. Favorite roles include Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Karen in Plaza Suite, Diana in California Suite, Minnie in Bingo! A Winning Musical and Sonya in Mamaleh! She wishes to thank Melissa, Ed, Grant and the rest of the staff and cast of The Laramie Project for this opportunity.

 

 

LaramieLaramieIMG_1126Kandice C. Wilson – Kandice  is a native of Baltimore, Md. After an initial fear of the stage, she was thrust into a lead role in 6th grade and immediately developed a long lasting love for the performing arts. After graduating from McDaniel College with her B.A. in Communication, Kandice has made acting for the stage and screen her focus; outside of the time she spends as a Copywriter for a leading sports retailer in Baltimore. She was most recently featured in a supporting role in the short film, “Ode to Rosa,” the web series pilot “He Said, She Said,” and in the title role of the world premiere of “2 Pens Elijah” at the Strand Theatre in Baltimore. Kandice is excited to join Erase Hate Through Art in the cast of “The Laramie Project” and is looking forward to working alongside this incredible cast.

 

IMG_1594RJames Raymond – James is Scenic Designer for Laramie Project and is also in the cast. He  has been involved with theatre since 1997. He is a graduate at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, with a BA in Theatre Technology. James worked this summer in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as the Scenic Designer at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. This Past summer, James worked as scenic artist for The Linny Fowler WillPower Tour’s production of Macbeth. He worked closely with scenic designer, six time Emmy award winning Production Designer of Sesame Street, Bob Phillips. James had the opportunity to work with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a professional Equity Lort C theatre company for the past two seasons. Past credits: The Music Man (Scenic Design), I Love A Piano (scenic designer), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (scenic designer/Grandpa George), Rent (scenic designer), Chicago (assistant scenic designer/paint charge), 39 Steps (scenic artist intern) starring Steve Burns (Blues Clues), Midsummer Night’s Dream (scenic designer), Charley’s Aunt (scenic designer/Lord Fancourt Babberley), Godspell (scenic designer/Herb), Sweeney Todd (props intern) starring Dee Roscioli (Wicked) and others. www.jvraymond.wix.com/design

FAQ

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When Was How Do You Like Me Now Productions, Inc. founded?

How Do You Like Me Now Productions, Inc. was formed as a Maryland Corporation in February 2014.

Why “How Do You Like Me Now”?

Answer pending.

Is How Do You Like Me Now  not-for-profit organization?

Yes. How Do You Like Me Now Productions, Inc. became a 501c3 not-for-profit entity in December 2014.

 

About

Hands1WEraseHateLogoErase Hate Through Art is a series of exciting creative events under the umbrella of How Do You Like Me Now, Productions. It serves to advance the acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Communities in and around the greater Baltimore\Washington DC region. Our goal is to facilitate an open and free flowing dialog between the LGBTQ Community and non-LGBTQ citizens, promoting the ideals of acceptance and equality through the use of theater and fine arts. This mission includes creating awareness of hate and hate crimes against all races, genders, sexual identity and humanity in its entirety.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

The theater production underway for the 2015 season of How Do You Like Me Now, Productions is STOP KISS, slated to open in October of 2015 at the Howard County Center For the Arts.

 

The hugely successful social campaign Erase Hate Through Art, where we collaborated with local artists to create a safe space to indulge in dialogue around hate and its destructive impact on the LGBTQ community is set for a spectacular second run. We are accepting artist’s submissions from all mediums until August 25, 2015. If you are interested in submitting, please fill out the form below:

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Our flagship production in October 2014 was a limited engagement of the powerful play, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, created by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project. In addition to this live theatrical production, there was the extensive Art Exhibit at the Columbia Art Center that featured original works created specifically with the theme of Erasing Hate Through Art and as further tribute to victims of hate crimes.

Our Fall 2015 Production will be STOP KISS  written by the American playwright Diana Son, and produced Off-Broadway in 1998 at The Public Theater in New York City. It was extended three times. It focuses on the touching story of Sara and Callie, who are assaulted on the street after their first kiss.


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