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“The Laramie Project” to premiere at Jefferson High School

By Staff | Nov 10, 2011

Opening on November 17, at 7 p.m., the Jefferson High School Theatre Department will be presenting: The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project in repertory theatre format. The department will begin the performances with a showing of the Laramie Project on Thursday. Nov. 17, followed by a performance of Ten Years Later of Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Both shows will be performed on Saturday and Sunday, with performances of the Laramie Project beginning at 2 p.m. and performances of Tem Years Later beginning at 7 p.m. General admission ticket prices will be $7 for students and $10 for adults for those who wish to see both shows on Saturday and Sunday. In order to bring the message of our play to the community, ten percent of the box office will be donated to Community Networks Inc. Following the Saturday night show, there will be a post-show discussion as well and will be led by the Shepherd University Allies, whom Jefferson has partnered with for this show.

Both the Laramie Project and The Laramie Project Ten Years Later are unique performances that describe the affect of a hate crime on an entire community. The hate crime is that of Matthew Shepherd, a college student who was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming due to his homosexual lifestyle. The plays take on a serious tone, addressing different aspects of the hate crime dealing with real life people who experienced the real emotion involved with the event. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is a sequel to The Laramie Project and deals with the affect of that event on Laramie, Wyoming ten years after it occurred. Both shows are unique and inspiring and explore various themes in which the audience can relate.