RiPA presents ‘The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later’

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The Regional Institute of Performing Arts is proud to present ‘The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later’. This play will be performed by the Advanced Diploma Arts (Acting) students from March 17 – 19 at The Civic Playhouse.

 
In October 1998, on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, a 21-year-old gay college student named Matthew Shepard was savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in the frigid night.

Characterised as a hate crime, the murder became a watershed historical moment in civil rights in America. In the aftermath of Shepard’s death, Moisés Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project conducted more than 200 interviews with residents of the town.

Using interview transcripts, court documents and media reportage, they created ‘The Laramie Project’, a play that chronicles how the community grappled with the slaying. The play won numerous awards and is one of the most-performed pieces of theater in America today.

Ten years after the original play was created, company members returned to Laramie to interview the same people. These interviews focus on how Laramie has changed: politically and socially. ‘The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later’ also features interviews with the convicted killers of Matthew Shepherd.

 

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
The Civic Playhouse
March 17 – 19
7.30pm start
Tickets form Ticketek 49291977 or The Playhouse box-office

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