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Not In My Town

-a musical drama by Michael Ross

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Opera Fusion brought to life this hopeful and inspiring musical drama based on the true life story of Matthew Shepard.     Set in Laramie, WyomingNot In My Town, centers on the relationships and tireless work of his friend, the heroic lesbian Romaine Patterson.  This fully realized stage production was written and composed by Michael Rossdesigned and directed by Ardean Landhuis and conducted by Gordon Roberts with the Opera Fusion Orchestra.  Sung in English with surtitles.  Performances were September 30, 2016 and October 1, 2018 at 8 pm at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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Not In My Town‘ is a riveting and evocative musical drama, written by composer Michael Ross, based on the events surrounding the death of Matthew Shepard.  Matthew was young gay man who was bullied, beaten and left to die.   His friends and his community worked to make a better world, by standing up to bigotry and campaigning for passage of the national Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  In addition, this musical work sends a powerful message of anti-hate and tolerance.  ‘Not In My Town’ moves you with its compelling story and beautiful melodies, and while it is rooted in Matthew’s senseless tragic death, it’s most noteworthy that the message is ultimately one of acceptance and love.  Today, Matthew’s story is more especially relevant than ever, as it shows how we can harness our strong emotions and grief to make a better world for the future.

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Romaine Patterson and Olivia engaged | Not In My Town Opera Gala | Lesbian, OperaFusion, NOTINMYTOWN, Laramie Project, Town Cast, Michael Ross Composer, South Florida Opera, Love Wins
Love Wins when Romaine & Olivia get engaged

Laramie Project
Matthew Shepard and Romaine Patterson Laughing in Laramie, WY (Credit: F.S. Hindle)
Judy and Dennis Shepard give riveting testimony in court
Rev. Phelps leads a rally
lesbian Romaine Patterson Fred Phelps
Romaine Patterson leads the Angel Action Network against Fred Phelps