Still looking for Larry

City Scuffle

— The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation into what state officials have declared a “suicide contagion,” and the Southern Poverty Law Center has brought a lawsuit on behalf of six current and former students. Most of the district lies in Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann’s Congressional District, but the candidate has not spoken on the issue and did not respond to requests from the Times’ reporter.

Meanwhile, the Media Unit is still searching for a teen to play the male lead in Larry and Linda, an original music theater exploration of school stigma, scheduled for May at Syracuse Stage. Since its debut in 2002, the role has never been filled, with Larry a shadow figure or a voice on the phone (see “Stereotype stands in way of casting role of gay teen,” Post-Standard Opinion Section, July 17 of this year).

Media Unit members remain convinced that a Larry is out there somewhere, although some observers have suggested that a female should fill the role. If you could be Larry, or know someone who could, please call 478-UNIT (8648) to arrange an audition. Singing and dancing are a must. Genderal identification is irrelevant.

Three-time New York Press Association Writer of the Year, Walt Shepperd is a weekly columnist with The Eagle.

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