Sem students to present ‘The Laramie Project’

First Posted: 4/22/2014

The dialogue is current, the setting is well known and the issue is still on the forefront of everyday discourse: how should our society cope with violence, hate and hate crimes and how can these issues be resolved?

These are the topics that the Wyoming Seminary Players will consider when they present the highl- regarded play “The Laramie Project” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3 in the Buckingham Performing Arts Center on North Sprague Avenue in Kingston.

Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door.

“The Laramie Project,” written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, premiered at the Ricketson Theater in Denver in February 2000 and is frequently performed throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

The play is based on hundreds of interviews with residents of Laramie, Wyoming, following the 1998 torture and death of Matthew Shepard at the hands of two local men. Shepard, a gay college student, was 21 years old when he was kidnapped, beaten, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie and left to die in the cold. Many people considered the murder to be a hate crime and Shepard’s death helped highlight the lack of hate crime laws throughout the United States.

The play features 13 actors who represent more than 60 characters presenting their opinions, observations and actions regarding the Shepard case.

Following the performances, the cast members will offer the audience an opportunity to discuss the play with them and further explore the play’s issues.

For more information call 570-270-2192.

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