Forge Theatre Presents: THE LARAMIE PROJECT

by Patricia Bradford

Forge Theatre is proud to present THE LARAMIE PROJECT by Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project. On October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one year old gay student at the University of Wyoming, was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside of Laramie, Wyoming. Six days later he died in an area hospital, the victim of a heinous hate crime. In the aftermath of the beating, Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie six times over the course of a year and a half and conducted over two hundred interviews with the local townspeople, many of whom were directly connected to the case. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is the result of those interviews – an emotional and often heart-wrenching theatrical experience in which the story is as relevant today as it was nineteen years ago.

Directors Cindy Schneider and Kelley Stanford have assembled a seasoned cast of twelve gifted actors who collectively portray nearly sixty townspeople who were interviewed. The cast includes: Jordan Catagnus, Elizabeth Hennessey, Hal Holzer, Ryan Kuhns, Caitlin Monahan, David Richman, Melissa Shaner, Becky Simmers, McGair Valois, Karen Vossen, Christa Wisneski, and Tom Yenchick. The Production Team includes Denise Wisneski (Producer), Linda Blystone (Stage Manager), Hal Holzer (Set Design), Mercedes Duran (Costume Design) and Jeff Six Sugzdinis (Lighting Design).

Performance dates for THE LARAMIE PROJECT are Nov. 3-4, 10-11-12*, 17-18-19*. Show times are 8 pm, with Sunday* matinees at 2 pm. An Opening Night Reception on Friday, Nov. 3rd at 7 pm, will be sponsored by our cast as well as our local LGBT organization, who will also host a Talk-Back session immediately following the show. Ticket prices for The Laramie Project are $16 – Adults, $13 – Under 18, $15 – Seniors. The Laramie Project contains mature subject matter. Seating is limited so reservations are strongly recommended. Visit our website or call 610-935-1920. Forge Theatre is located at 241 First Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Please do not park on First Ave. Parking is available at Washington and Main Street.

Photos courtesy of Chorus Photography

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Theater/Organization Address: 241 First Ave Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19464 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (610) 935-1920

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