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Issue Date: 9/27/2007, Posted On: 9/27/2007

Anti-gay activist's daughter allegedly in Laramie Project cast
Ethan Jacobs
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There’s a new twist in the controversy around the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School production of Moisés Kaufman’s The Laramie Project, a play about the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard. One of the cast members of the production, which is set to open Nov. 3, may be the daughter of anti-gay activist Amy Contrada. The student production drew the ire of Contrada’s anti-gay group MassResistance, which is organizing an Oct. 3 forum to protest the play and to warn parents of its supposed dangers (see “MassResistance protests Laramie Project,” Sept. 20). The initial Bay Windows story on the play noted that Contrada, one of the lead MassResistance activists and author of the MassResistance blog, lives in Acton.

On Sept. 26 the blog broke the story that one of the cast members of The Laramie Project is Claudia Contrada, who QueerToday alleges is Contrada’s daughter. According to the website for the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School drama club, the younger Contrada will play three roles in the production, Tiffany Edwards, Newsperson 4 and Narrator 1B. Each member of the cast plays several roles in the production.

Bay Windows contacted MassResistance to verify that Claudia Contrada is Contrada’s daughter, but no one from the organization responded by deadline.

QueerToday reports that its contributors first learned about Claudia Contrada’s role in the play after people claiming to be friends of hers posted messages about her role in the play on the QueerToday blog. One of the alleged friends wrote, "When you meet her [the daughter of Amy Contrada’, it's hard to believe that her mom is like that — she's such her opposite."

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