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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Staples Players Present ‘The Laramie Project’

In a production not only meant to entertain but inform, the Staples Players will tackle “The Laramie Project” for its major Black Box production this week. Image
The Staples Players Black Box production will be performed for four performances beginning Thursday. Pictured are Colin McKechnie (l), Jacob Leaf, and Christian Melhuish in the background,(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

“The Laramie Project” is based on the story of Matthew Shepard—a gay Wyoming teen whose 1998 hate-crime murder was a dark milestone in tolerance and civil rights.

In a unique twist, next year the Players will produce the sequel to the first play, “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,” part of what is considered “The Laramie Project Cycle.”

“We feel it’s crucial that students be exposed to—and involved in—theater that has something important to say, and that can cause change and enlightenment in the world,” said David Roth, director of the Staples Players. The Laramie Project continues to do just that, even over 15 years since Matthew Shepard’s death.”

“The Laramie Project” was created in 2000 by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. It draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theater company with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries and published news reports.

It is divided into three acts and eight actors portray more than 60 characters in a series of short scenes.

The Staples Players will present Part 1 of “The Laramie Project Cycle: The Laramie Project” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased online at or at the door 30 minutes before performances, as available. Seating in our Black Box Theatre is reserved and very limited.

This play contains mature language and subject matter not suitable for children.


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