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Special Event at First Congregational Church!

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Sheppard
Book and Lyrics by Leslea Newman - Music by Curtis Heard

3 Performances Only!

First Congregational Church of Long Beach
Sat. Oct. 17th @ 7pm
Sun Oct 18th @ 5pm

The Art Theatre of Long Beach
Sun Oct. 25th at 2pm


The South Coast Chorale joins the Sanctuary Choir of First Congregational Church, the Wilson High School Women's Chorus and a 16-piece orchestra for an unforgettable musical tribute to Matthew Shepard!

Through the poetic imagination of Leslea Newman and the musical prowess of Curtis Heard, this moving and hauntingly beautiful experience gives a variety of voices to the events surrounding that October night in 1998. From the fence to which Matthew was tied and the deer that kept watch beside him, to those who loved him and those who killed him, the poetic points of view are a poignant reminder that themes of tolerance, compassion and acceptance continue to be as relevant and topical today as they were 17 years ago.

Saturday, October 17 - 7:00pm
Sunday, October 18 - 5:00pm
First Congregational Church
241 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach
Suggested donation: $20

Sunday, October 25 - 2:00pm
Art Theatre of Long Beach
2025 E. 4th St, Long Beach
Tickets: $20


Earlier Event: October 4
Andrew Hilbert
Later Event: October 21
Sid: A Modern Version of Siddhartha