In a time when hate crimes are happening all around us, Town and Country Players presents the powerful drama, The Laramie Project. ”This play is more than just the aftermath of a hate crime,” says Director Rob Rosiello “It’s about the colorful residents of a small town now struggling to be more than a headline, to be more than a name like Waco, Columbine or Sandy Hook.”
The Laramie Project was written following the 1998 brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard was a young college student, a gay man, who was tied to a fence, beaten and left for dead. He died six days later. This play was drawn from over 200 interviews with residents of Laramie, conducted by the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. It chronicles the year following the murder and what happened in and around the town. Ten actors play over 70 roles based on real-life people and how they dealt with this horrific event.
“The writing is unique and the stories are woven together in such a way it creates a vivid tapestry of a small town- any small town.,” says Rosiello. “It’s like a post modern “Our Town” meets “In Cold Blood.” The style of theatre used in telling this story is very akin to the Epic Theatre style of Bertolt Brecht and Theatre of the Fabulous style of Tony Kushner.”
Recommended for high school students struggling with bullying, identity and “fitting in”, this show is thought-provoking and necessary. For audiences who are looking for a hopeful and enlightening message, this is the show for you.
Show dates and times are as follows:
Fridays and Saturdays – October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 8:00pm
Sundays – October 15, 22 at 2:00pm
Talk backs with the cast, director and audiences following both of the Sunday matinees (10/15 and 10/22)
Tickets are $17, $10 for students with ID and may be purchased online at townandcountryplayers.org. Or call 1-800-838-3006.
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