On February 11, 2008, in Oxnard, California, 14-year-old Lawrence King asked a boy in his class to be his Valentine. That boy’s name was Brandon McInerney. The next day, during first period, McInerney took out a gun and shot King twice in the head. Local playwright Dave Deveau’s new play My Funny Valentine, inspired by this true event, is set to open April 15, 2011.
Penned by award-winning Vancouver playwright Dave Deveau, My Funny Valentine explores the fracturing of community in the face of this horrendous act. Based on the events of King’s tragic death, the one-actor play gives voice to six characters on the fringes of a murder that will forever affect them.
“Gay hate crime is on the rise in North America and the ripple effect of that violence is bound to profoundly impact the community it involves,” said Cameron Mackenzie, Artistic Director of Zee Zee Theatre and the Director of My Funny Valentine. “This story tries to humanize the loss felt by a community. Lawrence King is not just another headline. His death was a solemn reminder of the progress we still need to make as a society before everyone can feel safe.
Watch as Director Mackenzie and Playwright Dave Deveau share their thoughts on the show which opens April 15, 2011 at the PAL Theatre. Visit http://www.zeezeetheatre.ca or http://www.ticketstonight.ca for tickets and information.
My Funny Valentine
14 – 24 April 2011